Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Ooo Baby Baby

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Song Review by Andrew Hamilton

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 / Universal 2:44
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1968 Motown 2:45
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:45
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 2:47
The Good-Feeling Music of the Big Chill Generation, Vol. 5 1978
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 2:47
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:44
Great Songs and Performances 1983 Motown 0:00
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 1: The 1960s 1988
Various Artists
Motown 2:47
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:42
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 13 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:44
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
The 35th Anniversary Collection 1994 Motown 2:44
The Ballad Album 1995 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Motown 2:45
Soul Classics: Quiet Storm -- The 60's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:48
Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:44
Best of Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 12-13 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:44
No Image 1995 Motown 2:45
The Ultimate Collection [1998] 1998 Motown 2:42
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:45
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Mir 1999 Motown 2:49
An American Love Story [Original Soundtrack] 1999
An American Love Story
Warner Bros. 2:43
More Broken Hearted Soul Essentials 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 2:46
Going to a Go-Go/Tears of a Clown 199? Motown 2:45
Tracks of My Tears 2000 Spectrum Music / Universal / Spectrum 2:47
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:44
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1960s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Motown 2:48
Bridget Jones's Dairy 2 2001
Original Soundtrack
Universal International 2:45
Soul Classics Quiet Storm [Box] 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:48
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology 2002 Chronicles / Motown 2:48
Body + Soul: Soul of the '60s 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:47
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 0:00
Motown Made to Measure [Martin Freeman] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:46
Legends 2006 Universal International 2:44
Gold 2006 Motown 2:49
No Image 2007 Spectrum Music / Universal 2:43
Gold: International Version 2008 Universal 2:42
Love Songs 2009 Motown 2:46
Classic 2009 Motown / Universal 2:44
Icons: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2009 Universal / Universal Distribution / Universal Music 2:47
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:46
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:48
Hits From the Past
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:44
Tamla Motown UK Invasion
Various Artists
Universal 2:49
The Stripped Mixes Motown / Strategic Marketing 2:45