Today we’re honored to premiere Grammy winner Cee Lo’s raucous, rockabilly take on the Jerry Leiber- and Mike Stoller-penned “Baby I Don’t Care.” Hear it below!
American Idol viewers and Lady Gaga fans alike will know Leiber and Stoller’s timeless work from Season 10 contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin performing the pair’s material last month, in an episode that featured Gaga as a mentor.
“(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care” was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957 for his Jailhouse Rock EP. Buddy Holly’s version appeared on his self-titled album that was released the following year.
Both Holly and Green’s versions of the tune come in at under two minutes long, but the giddy punch packed by the classic tale of a guy and his squeaky-clean object of affection is undeniable.
P.S. Who knew that hearing Cee Lo’s soulful croon and yelp rendered with old-school rock reverb would provide so much joy?
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From current radio staples and quirky collaborations to covers of time-honored material, there doesn’t seem to be any vocal limit to what Cee Lo Green has to offer.