Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Ooo Baby Baby

Composed by Smokey Robinson / Warren "Pete" Moore

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The Miracles' most beloved single, "Ooo Baby Baby," a song that radio stations played day and night, and was the most requested tune at inner-city canteens, basement parties, cookouts, and chill sessions but didn't even sell a million copies. It didn't ace the R&B or the pop chart, finishing number four R&B and number 16 pop in 1965, yet the buttery-smooth, heartbreaking ballad has endured nearly four decades of repeated plays, remakes, and accolades. Writing credits go to Smokey Robinson and Miracle Pete "Warren" Moore. For comparisons, the Miracles' "My Girl Has Gone" -- not nearly as popular as "Ooo Baby Baby," which the Miracles dropped from their live show a couple of years after its release, and one that Smokey never sings on his solo gigs -- did better chart-wise with a number three pop showing and number 14 R&B; go figure. It's been redone by a slew of artists, including the Five Stairsteps, Linda Ronstadt, the Moments, the Whatnauts, Shalimar, the Escorts, Edwin Starr & Blinky, Sylvester, Ricardo Scales, Ralfi Pagan, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Going to a Go-Go 1965 Motown 2:45
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1968 Motown 2:45
Live! 1969
1957-1972 1972 Motown / Uni / Universal 4:10
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:45
Great Songs and Performances 1983 Motown 2:45
No Image 1990 Motown
The Ballad Album 1995 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Motown / PSM 2:46
The Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 1995 Motown 2:45
The Ultimate Collection [1998] 1998 Motown / Universal 2:44
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Mir 1999 Motown 2:49
Going to a Go-Go/Tears of a Clown 199? Motown 2:45
Tracks of My Tears 2000 Spectrum Music / Universal/Spectrum 2:47
Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go 2001 Motown / Universal Music 2:49
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology 2002 Motown / Universal 2:46
No Image 2004 Fontana/Hip-O Select / Universal 4:10
Universal Masters Collection 2005 Universal Distribution
Legends 2006 Universal International 2:44
Gold 2006 Motown 2:49
The Definitive Performances 1963-1987 [Video] 2006 Universal
You Must Be Love: The Love Collection 2007 UMVD 2:46
No Image 2007 Spectrum Music 2:43
Gold: International Version 2008 Polystar / Universal Music 2:44
The Definitive Collection 2008 Motown 2:50
Love Songs 2009 Motown 2:46
Classic 2009 Motown / Universal 2:44
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Motown 2:44
The Stripped Mixes Motown / Strategic Marketing 2:45
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