Footage of the Chili’s ‘Baby Back Ribs’ recording session will catapult you to the ’90s
Few jingles get stuck in your head as easily as the Chili’s “Baby Back Ribs” song, officially known as “Chili’s (Welcome To Chili’s),” which was first broadcast in 1996. The music starts with a deep-voiced man singing, “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back,” and builds from there to a sweet and tangy crescendo of “I want my baby back ribs!”
Guy Bommarito, the songwriter who wrote the jingle, says that Chilli’s execs weren’t initially too excited by his creation. “The response was, ‘Yeah, that should work.’ Nobody was blown away or overly impressed,” he told Delish. “But it could’ve been my singing.”
The song was later rerecorded in 1998 by a team of studio pros who took it to the next level with their soulful professionalism. The recording session video was shared on YouTube by singer Alvin Chea, and there’s something so satisfying and nostalgic about watching these guys put it down together at the same time.
In the new version, the iconic “baby back” bassline is sung by Alvin Chea, the bass singer for Grammy-winning gospel a cappella group Take 6, who also sang on Michael Jackson’s “This is It.” Dorian Holley, in the vest and tie, sang harmonies and also worked with the King of Pop as a background singer.
Oren Waters takes the lead on the “Chili’s” line and is part of the Waters family who sang background on MJ’s “Thriller” album. Louis Price sings the “barbeque sauce” line and was the lead singer of The Temptations from 1977 to 1980.
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