"Comin' Home Baby" is a song originally written as an instrumental by Ben Tucker and first recorded by the Dave Bailey Quintet in 1961. It was then recorded by Herbie Mann, and lyrics were written by Bob Dorough. The vocal version became a US Top 40 hit for American jazz singer Mel Tormé in 1962, and the song has since been covered numerous times.


 [hide*1 Original instrumental recordings

Original instrumental recordings[edit]Edit

The tune was first recorded by the Dave Bailey Quintet on 6 October 1961, and issued on 2 Feet in the Gutter. It was composed by Dave Bailey's bassist, Ben Tucker.[1]The original musicians were Frank Haynes (tenor saxophone), Bill Hardman (trumpet), Billy Gardner (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), and Dave Bailey (drums).

The tune was then recorded six weeks later by Herbie Mann, live at the Village Gate, with Tucker again on bass. Mann's recording, produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and released by Atlantic Records in 1962, became popular and drew wider attention to the tune.[2]

Mel Tormé[edit]Edit

Tucker then persuaded his friend, lyricist Bob Dorough (later of Schoolhouse Rock! fame), to write a lyric for the tune, and producer Nesuhi Ertegun persuaded singer Mel Tormé, who had recently joined the Atlantic label, to record it. Tormé was initially reluctant to record the song, and later wrote that: "It was a minor-key blues tune with trite repetitious lyrics and an 'answer' pattern to be sung by the Cookies, a girl trio that had once worked for Ray Charles".[3] The recording took place in New York City on 13 September 1962.[4]

Despite Tormé's reservations, his version of the song, with an arrangement by Klaus Ogermann, rose to no.36 on the Billboard pop chart in November 1962, becoming his biggest hit since the early 1950s;[5] it reached no.13 on the UK singles chart.[6] It was also the title track of his album Comin' Home Baby! (with added exclamation mark).[7] Tormé's recording was nominated as Best Male Solo Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm and Blues Performance at the 1963 Grammy Awards.[8]

Later recordings[edit]Edit

The song has been covered numerous times including versions by Quincy JonesDanny GattonHank JonesDavid SanbornThe Kingsmen and Sergio Mendes, and was musically quoted by The Spencer Davis Group on their 1967 single "I'm A Man".[9][10]

Michael Bublé[edit]Edit

"Comin' Home Baby"
Single by Michael Bublé featuring Boyz II Men
from the album Call Me Irresponsible
Released April 25, 2008
Format CD singledigital download
Recorded 2007
Genre PopAcid Jazz
Length 3:27
Label 143Reprise
Writer(s) Bob DoroughBenjamin M. Tucker
Michael Bublé singles chronology
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"Comin' Home Baby"


"Haven't Met You Yet"


"Comin' Home Baby" was recorded by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, and released as the fifth and final single from his third studio album, Call Me Irresponsible. The single was released on April 25, 2008, exclusively in Germany. It features vocals from the Grammy Award-winning vocal harmony group Boyz II Men. No video was filmed for the song, and there was little to no promotion, causing the release to not appear in any major charts worldwide, with the exception of Germany, where the song peaked at #17. The digital download package, which was first made available for download on, features a new remix of the track from Frank Popp. A physical version of the single was also made available in Germany.[11]

Track listing[edit]Edit

  • German CD single[12]
  1. "Comin' Home Baby" (Frank Popp Remix) - 3:09
  2. "Comin' Home Baby" (Album Version) - 3:27

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (2008) Peak


German Singles Chart[13] 17
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