Song of the Day: Donald Fagen, “Ruby Baby”


Carrying on with the theme of gemstones that we started yesterday, here’s a song from Donald Fagen’s first solo album, 1982’s The Nightfly. “Ruby Baby” was written by Mike Lieber and Jerry Stoller and recorded in 1956 by The Drifters, which peaked at #10 on the R&B chart. It was re-recorded in 1963 by Dion & The Belmonts, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 (kept from the #1 spot by “Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula and “Walk Like A Man” by The Four Seasons) and #5 on the R&B chart.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Donald Fagen, “Ruby Baby”

  1. I think I even have this album but since we don’t have a record player anymore, haven’t listened to it in forever. I like this version.


  2. I don’t know this song at all but it’s fun to listen to. It’s like a barbershop quartet paired with some bluesy rock jazz


    1. It’s like Dion and the Belmonts with Steely Dan backing them (which would be understandable, since Donald Fagen was part of Steely Dan). Glad it was fun… I have a feeling it’s one of those songs that just sort of happened in the studio, where one starts playing it, then everyone falls in behind that person, and by the end everyone says “hey! let’s put it on the album!”


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