Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today is GROUNDHOG DAY and Wiarton Willie has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Punxsutawney Phil, however, did not see his shadow and is calling for an early spring. In the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, Phil (Bill Murray) keeps reliving the same day over and over. Each day begins at 6:00AM with the song “I Got You Babe” playing on the radio. So in honour of the Groundhogs, let’s revisit this classic tune by Sonny & Cher.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 9, 1965
TRIVIA: Sonny Bono, a songwriter and record producer for Phil Spector, wrote the lyrics to and composed the music of the song for himself and his then-wife, Cher, late at night in their basement. Session drummer Hal Blaine played drums for the song with other members of The Wrecking Crew supplying instrumental support. “I Got You Babe” became the duo’s biggest single, their signature song, and a defining recording of the early hippie countercultural movement.
Sonny and Cher last performed the song together during an impromptu reunion on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman on November 13, 1987
BONUS VIDEO: Here’s a clip from Groundhog Day when Bill Murray’s character has just about had enough of “I Got You Babe”.
See you next Tuesday!