“I Got You Babe” was originally released by the American pop duo Sonny & Cher in 1965. The song was written by Sonny Bono and became one of their signature hits. It’s a love song that features a call-and-response format between Sonny and Cher, with lyrics that convey a strong sense of commitment and affection. The song’s catchy melody and charming vocal interplay between the couple made it an iconic track of the 1960s.
In 1985, the British reggae-pop band UB40 collaborated with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders to release a cover version of “I Got You Babe.” It was released on July 22 with “Theme from Labour of Love” on the B-side as the single from UB40’s sixth album, “Baggariddim.” Their rendition added a reggae twist to the classic track. UB40’s Ali Campbell and Chrissie Hynde took on the roles of Sonny and Cher, maintaining the playful and romantic tone of the original while infusing it with a reggae flavor.
The cover version was a commercial success reaching #1 on the singles charts in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. UB40 and Chrissie Hynde’s version of “I Got You Babe” introduced the classic song to a new generation and is often associated with the 1980s music scene. It remains a well-loved cover of a timeless classic.
UB40 with Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe – Lyrics