The song was dedicated to Smokey Robinson, and was partly inspired by ‘Ooh Baby Baby’, his 1965 hit with The Miracles.
Over 10 years or so, I just realised that one of my favourite singers has been Smokey Robinson, as a songwriter also. He’s been, for my taste, one of the most consistent, and he’s written so many fantastic tunes. And although I’m not anywhere in his league as a singer, this song always reminds me of that Smokey type of mood. So I dedicate this song to him.
Rockweek, BBC Radio 1, 6 September 1975
‘Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)’ was recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles between April and June 1975. On 2 and 3 June Tom Scott and Chuck Findley added horns to the song and the album closer ‘His Name Is Legs (Ladies & Gentlemen)’.
In addition to the list of musician credits on the back cover of Extra Texture (Read All About It), Harrison listed several people who had not participated:
Danny Kootch doesn’t appear on this record.
Also not appearing on this record: Derek Taylor, Peter Sellers, Chuck Trammell, Dino Airall, Eric Idle, Dennis Killeen and Emil Richards
‘Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)’ is dedicated to Smokey Robinson