Ivory Joe Hunter

Since I Met You Baby

Composed by Ivory Joe Hunter

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1963 Smash Records
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 3 (1955-1958) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:41
No Image 1987
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic
Since I Met You Baby 1988 Collectables 2:45
Heart of Dixie 1989
Original Soundtrack
A&M
Rhythm & Blues: 1957 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1956 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:43
Since I Met You Baby: The Best of Ivory Joe Hunter 1994 Razor & Tie 2:50
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros.
Baby Boomer Classics: Heart & Soul Fifties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Only Rock 'N Roll 1955-1959: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:45
Lone Star 1996
Original Soundtrack
Daring 2:48
Glory of Love: '50s Sweet & Soulful Love Songs 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:45
50's Love Songs 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:45
Ultimate 50's R&B Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:45
Teenage Crush, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Ace 2:46
Ivory Joe Hunter/Sings the Old and the New 1999 Collectables 2:25
Blues, Ballads & Rock 'n' Roll 2000 Ace 2:46
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 4: The Fifties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rock N Roll Senior Prom: Slow Dancing 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy
Ivory Joe Hunter [Import] 2005 Atlantic 2:42
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 3: 1955-1957 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:44
Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1957 2006
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:44
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:44
Heartbreak Hotel [Essential Gold] 2007
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:43
Bada Bing! Music Heard on the Sopranos 2007
Original Soundtrack
Golden Stars 2:44
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Atlantic Records Story 2007
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:44
Atlantic Top 60: R&B Grooves 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 2:50
Yesterday's Gold: 60 Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Remember Records
Well Worn Grooves: Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:43
Malt Shop Memories [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:50
Only the Best of Ivory Joe Hunter 2008 Collectables 2:45
Music of My Life: Golden Decade, Vol. 18 (1956) 2008
Various Artists
Membran 2:41
50's Hits and Flicks 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music / WEA International 2:43
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Sh-Boom 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Rock Around the Hits: 48 Star Performances from the Rock 'N' Roll Greats 2009
Various Artists
Charly Records
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Twistin' the Night Away 2011
Various Artists
Go Entertain
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems: Big Girls Don't Cry 2012
Various Artists
Life / Time 2:52
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
No Image 2013 Atlantic
The R&B No. 1s of the '50s 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:50
Soda Shop Romance 2014
Various Artists
Green Hill Music / Spring Hill Music 2:50
50 Original Rhythm and Blues HiFi Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Hifi Hits 2:44
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 7: 1956
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:50
Early R & B Classics, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:47
Golden International Evergreens
Various Artists
Documents
Golden Radio Hits 1946-60
Various Artists
Documents
Jukebox Favourites: The Best of Early R&B
Various Artists
AP Music
Original Hits From the 50's
Various Artists
10Ten Media 2:48
Racey Rhythms
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:44
Rock 'n' Roll Forever: Best of the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:45
No Image
Various Artists
Com-Es Musik Schallplatten 2:51
Senior Prom
Various Artists
Warner Music
Sweet Soft Soul
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Righteous
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:51
No Image
Various Artists
Mediterrano 2:45
Way It Was: Rock Around the Clock the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:44
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