“There Goes My Baby”
Written by Annie Roboff and Arnie Roman
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 7, 1998
Trisha Yearwood sings the ever-loving hell at of her final No. 1 single to date.
The Road to No. 1
Trisha Yearwood earned her final four No. 1 singles consecutively. This completes the run that began with “How Do I Live” and continued with “In Another’s Eyes” and “Perfect Love.”
The No. 1
Yearwood noted that many fans of this song would comment to her that they loved the original version too, and she would correct them that it was the original version and not a cover.
Those fans can be forgiven for the mistake. The start of the chorus is essentially identical to The Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby,” and there’s a sixties pop flavor to the production as well. The chorus of Trisha’s hit also includes a reference to a “clear blue sky” and ends with “bye bye baby, goodbye,” reminding listeners of recent nineties No. 1 hits by George Strait and Jo Dee Messina, respectively.
So why does this song built out of spare parts sound so gloriously good? Because co-producer Tony Brown felt that Yearwood’s records hadn’t fully tapped into the power of her voice, so she gives full on diva. It’s a breathtaking vocal performance showcasing a singer at the peak of her powers, and it puts the influence of Linda Ronstadt on full display.
Brown wasn’t able to sustain this approach for the entirety of the Where Your Road Leads album, often leaning on it as a crutch when the material wasn’t up to Yearwood’s usual exacting standards. But for the duration of this classic single, it works.
The Road From No. 1
Where Your Road Leads is Yearwood’s most recent platinum release, and it produced three more hits: the top twenty title track, and the top ten singles “Powerful Thing” and “I’ll Still Love You More.” Her next studio album, Real Live Woman, was critically acclaimed and went gold, but its only significant chart hit was the top twenty title track. Her 2001 release Inside Out included her final top five single to date, “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway.” In the years since, Yearwood recorded sporadically, but continued to reach the top forty with a handful of singles, the most recent being “Every Girl in This Town” in 2019.
“There Goes My Baby” gets an A.
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