Tom & Jerry: Solid Serenade (Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby)


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Solid Serenade. This is a real classic! Tom woos the girl cat with a popular old jazz song, ‘Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby’.

Listen to the whole serenade (just 275kb) at http://www.tomandjerryonline.com/sounds/isyouis2.wav (right-click and choose Save As to save it to your PC). You can download othersound files and lots of Tom & Jerry stuff at http://www.tomandjerryonline.com/

And if you’re willing to download 7 minutes of YouTube video, watch the whole episode at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdGpn8ZhPVg

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The lyrics in Tom’s own style (the weird words are him scatting, and he pronounces ‘baby’ more like ‘bebby’):

I got a gal, always late
Every time we have a date
But I love her
I’m gonna ask her
Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?
The way you’re actin’ lately makes me doubt
You is still my baby-baby
Seems my flame in your heart done gone out
A woman is a creature that’salways been strange
Just when you’re sure of one
You find she’s gone and made a change
Is you is or is you ain’t my baby
Maybe baby’s found somebody new (Baduledey-dondeedee)
Or is my baby still my baby true?

Is you is or is you ain’t my baby
Maybe baby’s found somebody new(Badulu-daludu-deydulu-doda)
Or is my baby still my baby true?


25 Responses to “Tom & Jerry: Solid Serenade (Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby)”

  1. David Says:

    Hi!

    My question is about where can i found a version of this song without any cartoon sounds….

    Many thanks

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    As in, without the background sound effects like Jerry’s home getting wrecked or Tom getting hit with pies?

    Browsing on Wikipedia, I found that for that episode they animated Tom in order to fit singer Louis Jordan’s recorded voice.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Jordan#.22King_of_the_Jukeboxes.22

    I then managed to find a site which actually has the sound file of Louis Jordan singing “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby)”, but I can’t access it since I’m outside of the USA. Try it out, please tell me if it sounds the same as Tom’s singing!
    http://play.rhapsody.com/louisjordan/fiveguysnamedmoedeccarecordingsvol2/isyouisorisyouaintmybaby?didAutoplayBounce=true

    It’s a very popular old Jazz song. Plenty of artistes have made their own versions. If you try a little, I’m sure you can find tons of versions of the song by various artistes and in various styles. I remember an all-ladies version, a big band swing version, and a blues version.

    You can also try looking for Youtube videos of it at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22is+you+is+or+is+you+ain%27t%22

    Good luck, and hope I helped!

  3. Vlatko Says:

    there are plenty versions of the song, try the one by Armstrong or Joe Jackson.

  4. Lasse Says:

    I love you for this man :)

    I think its the old writer of the cartoons fred Quimby who sings??

  5. Scott Thong Says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid_Serenade#Trivia says that many people believe that… We could know for sure by comparing Tom’s singing, Fred Quimby’s vocie and Louis Jordan’s original song.

    Any takers for this task?

  6. Beefy Says:

    I just downloaded Louis Jordan’s original and it is not the same as the one Tom sings. I listened to about 20 different versions and none of them are the same as the one Tom does, so it’s either Quimby or someone else. I’m really itching for Tom’s version too without the background sound effects.

  7. Beefy Says:

    I found this on Wikipedia. Apparently the version in that toon isn’t available anywhere…

    “The song that Tom sings to his sweetheart (Toodles) is Louis Jordan’s 1944 hit “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby.” The version of “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” used here is an up-tempo version of Louis Jordan’s hit, with cello accompaniment. It is believed by many fans that the song was sung by producer Fred Quimby.”

    Could’ve very well been. I guess we’ll never know.

  8. JYOTI SMITA Says:

    COOL VIDEO’S WID LOT’S OF FUN AND MASTI………..TOM & JERRY U ROCKZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  9. Whoever24 Says:

    Johseph Barbera?…ohh no that is scooby doo
    Fred Quimby? have you checked the credits at the end!!!
    The music is Scott Bradley

  10. Scott Thong Says:

    Yes, we know. Scott Bradley does the music, but who was the voice singing ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t my Baby’?

  11. Tom Slick Says:

    By far, the best cover of “Is You Is….” This song is not Louis Jordan, as I have a couple variations of it. I also read in a book recently that the cartoon studios used “studio singers”, who were usually not credited for the work they did.

    The singers didn’t have to be credited back in those days, as payment was sufficient for services rendered. Some kind of contractual mumbo jumbo the studios did to get around crediting all of the involved people. Could it be Bradley or Quimby singing? Possible, although there were plenty of stand-in singers for the studios in those days, which makes the latter more plausible.

    Should anyone ever find a copy of this soundtrack(which is probably burried somewhere on the backlot archival building, please share it with the world! It was the BEST version I’ve heard, and made one of the most memorable cartoon episodes of Tom & Jerry.

  12. dawn Says:

    yes pleaseee tom and jerrys version is what turned me on to this song – please share that complete version with me – thank you

  13. reinaztca Says:

    I would like to purchase the actual Tom and Jerry version of “is you is or is you aint my baby” My four your old son and I LOVE IT!!!
    The cello solo is SO cool…so it HAS to be that particular singer and that version. Hope someone finds it and shares it. I also got on different websites and heard many artist (tiring) and it doesnt compare.

  14. Mark Zote Says:

    Hey man!!! Same here, my son’s the exact same age too. So please someone go and steal the original from their studios!!!
    If they’re still around at least!
    Definitely THE definitive version of this song.

  15. Craig Says:

    The version of “Is You Is…” in Solid Serenade is sung by Ira “Buck” Woods. He has a small listing over at the IMDB.

  16. Sheldon Says:

    BAZINGA!

  17. tom Says:

    any of you have a link to download buck woods vrsion?

  18. ivaka Says:

    just great man its soo cool i love that episode and the song is just awesome :))))))))))
    thanks alot for this!!

  19. April Says:

    I wanted this on my Ipod SOOOO bad. I tunes has nothing for Ira “Buck” Woods…maybe I can get the video of Tom & Toodles?!

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  21. >_> Says:

    here, Buck’s version :P download it with some of those vid2mp3 thingies that you can find online

  22. Ntombizani Says:

    i just go back from south africa & needed some toons to help me feel right @ home, so i turn on cartoon network & of all the episodes of tom & jerry “solid serenade” just happens to come on. classic, i’m 31 & this still brings joy & laughter to my life. i found the song, but it’s saying Billie Holiday sung it, I downloaded it from the android maket mp3 music player. same exact one i grew up listening & loving as a kid. hope this helps

  23. Mr C Says:

    Ive loved this version of the song since I first watched it in 1972.. Ivery firmly believe the vocalist to the Tom & Jerry version was a little known 1950s-60s extreme blues singer named Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Look him up- especially his older stuff. The voice and sound is exactly the same. He was fantastic.

  24. Jammy Dodger Says:

    This version was sung by a multi-talented actor/singer of the 1930s and 40s called Ira ‘Buck’ Woods. He was not credited for his excellent vocals here (something that used to happen a lot in those days, esp to black singers).

    Passed away in 1974, RIP Buck!

  25. Eagle Media Says:

    Jammy Dodger is absolutely correct. It was Ira “Buck” Wood who also did other Tom & Jerry vocal performances.

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