A masterpiece of smooth, bluesy elegance, "Since I Met You Baby" became a huge hit in 1956 for pianist Ivory Joe Hunter, topping the R&B charts for nearly a month and almost reaching the Top Ten on the pop side. While the song didn't have the full-blown orchestrations that the Drifters' ballads would soon explore, it was decidedly removed from the tide of raucous rock & roll sweeping the country. Opening with Hunter's gently chiming piano, the song is augmented by a wordless vocal choir that's strongly reminiscent of traditional pop recordings of the period; however, their contribution is never overdone and mostly blends into the background as texture. Hunter's rich, buttery phrasing flows both over and around the beat, and on the second verse, a warm saxophone harmonizes his lines and fills in the gaps between. The lyrical structure underlines the song's blues roots, repeating the first line of each verse twice and rhyming it with the fourth and final line. While the song is hardly gritty, that bluesiness prevents "Since I Met You Baby" from coming off as pure sentimentality, instead investing it with a romantic tenderness that makes the song an unqualified classic.