Writers: Robinson, Warren Moore
Released: March '65, Tamla
11 weeks; No. 16
Robinson called this ballad his "national anthem," noting, "Wherever we go, it’s the one song that everybody asks for." "Baby" has what may be his most delicate and wounded vocal. When Robinson sighs the line "I’m crying," it’s a reminder that no matter how many vocalists keep covering his songs, nobody sings Smokey like Smokey.
Appears on: Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)