|"Baby Come Back"|
|Single by Player|
|from the album Player|
|B-side||"Love Is Where You Find It"|
|Released||October 13, 1977|
|Player singles chronology|
"Baby Come Back" is a song by the American rock band Player. It was released in late 1977 as the lead single from their 1977 self-titled debut album, and was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the R&B charts in 1978. Their biggest hit single, the song was written and performed by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, the founders of Player.
Two versions of the song exist. The album version ends with a guitar solo fade out, while the single version has a shorter opening and ends with the chorus being repeated on a fade out.
- Peter Beckett – lead and backing vocals, electric guitar
- J.C. Crowley – acoustic piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, backing vocals
- Ronn Moss – bass guitar, backing vocals
- John Friesen – drums, congas
- Wayne Cook - Fender Rhodes electric piano, minimoog, ARP String Ensemble, clavinet, Hammond organ
Uses in other media
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The song is also used in the Michael Bay blockbuster Transformers, when the Autobot Bumblebee communicates with its new owner Sam Witwicky through songs on the radio. In this case, after an incident with the girl he is attracted to, Mikaela, gets out of the car and Sam tries to persuade her to "come back". The lyrics of the song are expected to accomplish this desire, as laid out by the filmmakers, though it is unlikely given the context that she would actually come back anyway.
In The Simpsons episode "Homer Alone," when Homer calls the "Department of Missing Babies" after losing Maggie, the hold music is a newly recorded version of the song, by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley.
This song was sung by Hank Hill and Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt in the Point After Lounge in the "Church Hopping" episode of King of the Hill.
In 2008, the song was featured on a slate of Swiffer commercials where after the announcer says "You never have to go back to your old broom/mop again", the broom and mop pop out of nowhere with the song's chorus played throughout.
On a May 2014 episode of General Hospital, precocious Spencer Cassadine attempted to woo back Emma Scorpio-Drake by hiring Player to perform the song at the Nurses Ball. Spencer's great-grandmother Lesley Webber was supposedly a groupie of the band in the 1970s.
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