"My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" was written by blues artist Arthur Crudup in the late 1940s. Slade originally released their version produced by Chas Chandler via Barn Record Label on 17th October 1977. This single reached number 32 on the U.K. chart, spending 4 weeks on the U.K. chart. It became Slade's last charting single until their career revival in 1980. The single fared better than Slade's previous single "Burning In The Heat Of Love" which had failed to chart. The single before that was "Gypsy Roadhog" which only peaked at number 48 on the U.K. chart. "My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" was issued as a non album single.
The single was released as a tribute to Elvis Presley who died in August of that year. The Slade version merged another Crudup written track, 'That's All Right'. "My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" originally gained more exposure via covers by Elvis Presley, Dave Berry and the Cruisers and later John Lennon. In 1977, when "My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" was recorded, guitarist Dave Hill was busy doing interviews in the north of England, thus he was unavailable to record the lead guitar and backing vocals track for the single. Jim Lea stood in for him, and appears in Dave Hills place on the finished recording.
"My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" was released via Barn Record Label on 17th October 1977. Sounds magazine, in the issue released 15th October 1977, rated the single as the 'Best Comeback Single', writing "Fabulous treatment of this old Arthur Crudup number could easily see Slade back in the charts. It's a bouncy, struttin' 12 bar blues number quite unlike most of the band's earlier hit singles and it could just be the right thing to get them back into favour at the current time. On the other hand it could be that its remarkable similarity to the treatments of old blues numbers by a certain Johnny Winter Esq is clouding my judgement. We'll have to wait and see."
"My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
A short while before the single's release, 1 U.K. magazine had commented how Slade always had the same image. As a result, Dave Hill decided to shave all his hair off, leading to a fall out with his wife and the gaining of the nickname 'grasshopper', given by Noddy Holder. Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single said, "A Slade slug at a Crudup past. Real pleasant it is too. But I can remember a time when Slade records were vixen fearsome rather than pleasant. Fearsome on their own songs, not some cruising rocker from way back. Get out while the going's bad. 'Cos it's only going to get hideous."
The single had a music video created for promotion. The track was performed on a small handful of U.K. shows including Top of The Pops, and also on the German shows Disco and Rund. It was also performed the same year for a mimed gig on East german television, which also included interviews with each band member. Slade's live performances were also a form of promotion.
"My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama" reached number 32 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama (Arthur Crudup) - 2:23
B1. O.H.M.S. (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:41
Burning In The Heat Of Love
"Burning In The Heat Of Love" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Barn Record Label on 7th April 1977 and failed to chart on the U.K. chart.
This was their 1st single release in almost a year.
This single was issued as a non album single.
Ready Steady Kids
"Ready Steady Kids" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Burning In The Heat Of Love".
The b - side was written about the American audiences that Slade had encountered during their attempt to crack the American market from 1975 until the very end of 1976.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer