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"My Baby Just Cares for Me" is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. Written for the film version of the musical comedy Whoopee! (1930), the song became a signature tune for Eddie Cantor who sang it in the movie.[1][2] A stylized version of the song by Nina Simone,[2] recorded in 1958, was a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom after it was used in a 1987 perfume commercial and resulted in a renaissance for Simone.[3]

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 [hide*1 Nina Simone recording

Nina Simone recording[edit]Edit

"My Baby Just Cares for Me"
[1]

Cover of Nina Simone's 1987 single release

Single by Nina Simone
from the album Little Girl Blue
Released 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 3:20
Writer(s) Walter DonaldsonGus Kahn

Simone recorded the song in 1958 for her debut album, Little Girl Blue. The track remained relatively obscure until 1987, when it was used in a UK television commercial for Chanel No. 5 perfume. To follow up this exposure, the track was released as a single by Charly Records,[4] entering the UK Singles Chart on October 31, 1987 and becoming, at Number 5,[5] one of Simone's biggest hits almost 19 years after her previous chart entry. This single also made the top 10 in several European single charts and peaked at number one in the Dutch Top 40.[6]

Music video[edit]Edit

In 1987 a claymation music video was produced by Aardman Animations[7] and directed by Peter Lord. The video shows a cat entering a music club and watches Simone (who is portrayed as a cat). The cat is then thrown out of the club by a bouncer but it is able to get back into the club by climbing and falling through the roof and lands into Simone's arms.

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1958) Peak

position

UK Singles Chart[8] 82
Chart (1987/1988) Peak

position

Austrian Singles Chart[9] 8
Dutch Top 40[6] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[10] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 5
UK Singles Chart[5] 5
Preceded by

"Faith" by George Michael[12]

Dutch Top 40 number-one single [6]

December 26, 1987 – January 8, 1988 (2 weeks)

Succeeded by

"China in Your Hand" by T'Pau[13]

Other notable recordings[edit]Edit

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