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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Baby I Love Your Way’

The song, “Baby I Love Your Way”, was originally recorded by Peter Frampton in 1975

Summer classic “Baby I Love Your Way” was written produced and performed by British artist Peter Frampton (b.1950) and released as the second single from his 1975 album, “Frampton”. It was not a hit the first time around, instead it had to wait another twelve months before it gained momentum as part of his world tour. It eventually peaked at No.12 in the US and No.43 in the UK. The album, “Frampton Comes Alive”, went on shift over eight million copies Stateside!

The song was covered by American duo Will To Power, consisting of Bob Rosenberg (b.1959) and Elin Michaels (b.1961), in 1988 and released as their third single being paired with their version of US rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 hit “Free Bird”. It became their biggest and by far, most successful release, topping the US singles chart and reaching No.6 in the UK in January 1989.

“Baby I Love Your Way” was recorded by US reggae/pop band Big Mountain in 1994 for the soundtrack of the film ‘Reality Bites’. This new version became a huge global smash hit, peaking at No.2 in the UK, the song’s highest placing there, No.6 in America and a top ten position in over twenty countries worldwide, selling more than three million copies in the process.

But whose version is the best? PETER FRAMPTON’s original, WILL TO POWER’s 80’s cover or BIG MOUNTAIN’s 90’s version?

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