Saturday, June 19, 1976

Peter Frampton “Baby I Love Your Way” live version charted

Baby I Love Your Way

Peter Frampton

Writer(s): Peter Frampton (see lyrics here)

Released: September 1975

First Charted: June 19, 1976

Peak: 12 US, 16 CB, 16 HR, 9 RR, 28 AC, 2 CL, 43 UK, 65 CN, 3 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.4 UK

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 33.1 video, 82.03 streaming

Baby I Love Your Way/Free Bird Medley

Will to Power

Released: August 1988

First Charted: September 10, 1988

Peak: 11 US, 11 CB, 12 RR, 2 AC, 6 UK, 11 CN, 20 AU, 9 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 23.2 video, 34.05 streaming

Baby I Love Your Way

Big Mountain

Released: February 1, 1994

First Charted: February 25, 1994

Peak: 6 US, 2 CB, 2 RR, 10 AC, 2 UK, 2 CN, 4 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.2 UK

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 4.5 video, 204.52 streaming


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About the Song:

British guitarist Peter Frampton had made eight studio albums – four with Humble Pie and four more as a solo artist – before becoming a superstar with his blockbuster live album Frampton Comes Alive. As a solo artist, he never even dented the Billboard Hot 100 until the live version of “Show Me the Way” reached #6 in 1976.

That opened the door for Frampton. He followed it up with a live take on “Baby I Love Your Way.” Like “Show Me the Way,” the song was featured on Frampton Comes Alive but had previously been released as a single in support of his last studio album, 1975’s Frampton.

In the “romantic love ballad, Frampton is telling his girl that he loves everything about her and wants to be with her day and night.” SF Billboard described “Baby I Love Your Way” as an “easy rocker” with “an effective hook.” WK Cash Box called it “an excellent tune” that “Frampton sings with sensitivity over the soft backing.” WK

Frampton’s version was bested twice on the charts. In 1988, the pop group Will to Power recorded the song as a medley with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and took it all the way to #1 in the United States. In 1994, the American reggae/pop band Big Mountain climbed to #6 with a cover of the song from the Reality Bites soundtrack. The song was also featured in the 2000 movie High Fidelity. John Cusack’s character hates the song until he hears Lisa Bonet sing it.


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First posted 7/27/2022.