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Ultimate versions of Bacharach & David songs

Following on from the Dionne Warwick thread, what are your preferred versions of Bacharach & David songs?

Dionne recorded pretty much everything and her versions of Walk On By, San Jose, Don't Make Me Over and Reach Out For Me.

But then Dusty is my go to for I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, The Look Of Love, Wishin' and Hopin', This Girl's In Love With You and Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, one of the songs Dionne didn't record.

The Walker Brothers' Make It Easy On Yourself is perfect, Aretha's I Say A Little Prayer can't be beat and The Carpenters' Close To You is sublime.

When it comes to Anyone Who Had a Heart I just love Maureen McGovern's version. Wynonna Judd's live version from the One Amazing Night tribute concert is also great.

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by Anonymousreply 130January 19, 2022 11:43 PM

Tommy Hunt's original of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" should not be overlooked.

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by Anonymousreply 1July 28, 2021 9:32 PM

I love the medley of "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "Knowing When to Leave" performed by Vikki Carr on a Bacharach TV special.

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by Anonymousreply 2July 28, 2021 9:33 PM

The trio version of "I Took My Strength From You" with Sylvester, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes is a favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 3July 28, 2021 9:35 PM

It's a minor Bacharach & David song, but I enjoy "Live Again" by Irma Thomas. I'm not sure if anyone else ever released a version.

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by Anonymousreply 4July 28, 2021 9:36 PM

Chuck Jackson's "Any Day Now" remains the definitive version.

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by Anonymousreply 5July 28, 2021 9:38 PM

Bobbie Gentry made #1 in the UK with her version of I'll Never Fall In Love Again. Not sure if it was ever released in the US.

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by Anonymousreply 6July 28, 2021 9:39 PM

Probably their best song of all wasn't even a Dionne song: "Baby It's You" was introduced by the Shirelles.

As I said on the Dionne thread (which I started), my favorite of all their songs for her is "Another Night," which was not much of a hit for Dionne (it never got higher than #49) but is just beautiful all the same. It has no opportunity for the singer to show off, but it's got a great tension between the upbeat melody and the melancholy lyrics that I really love. I've also always loved "Do You Know the way to San Jose?" since I was a little child, mostly for the great orchestrations. Of their sadder songs that allow more for the singer to show off with, I've always loved "Message to Michael" (which originally was "Message to Martha"!) and "Walk on By," both as covered by Dionne. I also love "This Empty Place," which is not as well known.

People always go crazy over "A House is Not a Home," and I do love the music, although it has one of the stupidest lyrics in their oeuvre: "A chair is still a chair/ Even if there's no one sitting there..." Well, DUH.

Although I love Dusty, my favorites of her songs are actually not Bacharach/David, except for "Wishin' and Hopin'": my favorites of hers are by others, like "I Only Want to Be with You" and "Son of a Preacher Man."

by Anonymousreply 7July 28, 2021 9:39 PM

Dionne's version takes too long to get going. All you need is the original "Always Something There to Remind Me" by Lou Johnson. Patti LaBelle's proto-Jackson 5 version is fun too.

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by Anonymousreply 8July 28, 2021 9:40 PM

Dusty Springfield on The Look of Love. Plus a lot of other B&D songs.

by Anonymousreply 9July 28, 2021 9:41 PM

Deacon Blue recorded 4 songs on their Bacharach & David EP in 1990.

Are You There (With Another Girl) was by far the best song on it. The vocal is amazing but the arrangement improves on the original and takes it to another level. Stunning.

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by Anonymousreply 10July 28, 2021 9:43 PM

The Breakways released "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" before Dionne did.

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by Anonymousreply 11July 28, 2021 9:45 PM

Jerry Orbach's version of "Promises, Promises" can't be topped. And I agree with R9 one thousand percent regarding Dusty Springfield's "The Look Of Love" being the best/definitive version.

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by Anonymousreply 12July 28, 2021 9:49 PM

Which of Dusty's versions, though?

by Anonymousreply 13July 28, 2021 9:50 PM

Dionne's "Walk On By" is in a class by itself.

My favorite version of "Baby It's You" is by the Carpenters on their Close To You album. Totally diferent take than the Shirelles or Smith versions, really nice rendition.

by Anonymousreply 14July 28, 2021 9:51 PM

Yes, OP, Wynonna's version of Anyone Who Had A Heart is sublime.

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by Anonymousreply 15July 28, 2021 9:54 PM

Dusty's "A House Is Not a Home."

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by Anonymousreply 16July 28, 2021 9:56 PM

The orchestration is a touch too bombastic in places but I love Dee Dee's plaintive vocal.

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by Anonymousreply 17July 28, 2021 9:58 PM

Dl's very own Connie Francis.

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by Anonymousreply 18July 28, 2021 10:01 PM

One of the few times I liked someone singing their song more than Dionne. Cilla's version of "Alfie."

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by Anonymousreply 19July 28, 2021 10:02 PM

R12 That really is an amazing performance

I love the teen angst of Gene Pitney's "True Love Never Runs Smooth". 1962.

You can hear Bacharach's famous quirky melody style taking shape.

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by Anonymousreply 20July 28, 2021 10:10 PM

Johnny Mathis did an incredible version of Make It Easy On Yourself.

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by Anonymousreply 21July 28, 2021 10:15 PM

A lot of shitty songs by dead people.

by Anonymousreply 22July 28, 2021 10:32 PM

This, of course, is the definitive version of "Turkey Lurkey Time."

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by Anonymousreply 23July 28, 2021 10:47 PM

This was the very first released recording of "Knowing When to Leave," by the ever-popular Bambi McCormick. (WHO?)

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by Anonymousreply 24July 28, 2021 10:50 PM

[Quote] Bambi McCormick is a newcomer whose operatic training is well -hidden in her first LP. She rolls through 11 tunes that range from the unknown to the obscure, and the result is likely to be that she will remain in one of those pigeonholes.

Ouch!

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by Anonymousreply 25July 28, 2021 10:53 PM

Wow, R24. She really reminds me of Karen Carpenter. Sure, they were more or less of the same era, performing some of the same music, but I've never heard anyone else that reminded me of Karen as much as she does.

by Anonymousreply 26July 28, 2021 11:19 PM

My favorite unfinished snippet

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by Anonymousreply 27July 28, 2021 11:19 PM

Bacharach arranging Elvis Costello songs is pretty great.

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by Anonymousreply 28July 28, 2021 11:24 PM

[quote] A lot of shitty songs by dead people.

By an odd coincidence you're shitty, and I hope you're a dead person soon.

by Anonymousreply 29July 28, 2021 11:30 PM

I had the BIGGEST CRUSH on Herb Alpert.

"This Guy"

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by Anonymousreply 30July 28, 2021 11:34 PM

There's a snippet of Julie Andrews singing that song on some variety show, and of course she sings it as "This Gell's in Love with You"

by Anonymousreply 31July 28, 2021 11:36 PM

No, there's definitely an r in Julie's girl.

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by Anonymousreply 32July 28, 2021 11:37 PM

One particular song I like by Burt Bacharach is "Nikki," otherwise known as the "ABC Movie of the Week" theme.

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by Anonymousreply 33July 28, 2021 11:42 PM

Here's the actual Nikki song.

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by Anonymousreply 34July 28, 2021 11:43 PM

I can provide the basis for good judgment in dee-fining "ultimate versions" of my songs any time you persons would like.

For a Jackson.

Because Andy was a dumb fuck, too.

by Anonymousreply 35July 28, 2021 11:55 PM

Yes, I love Nikki too. Makes me sad to hear it knowing about Burt and his relationship with his daughter. Obviously heartfelt when he wrote while she was struggling to live as a newborn. Ed Ames did good job on it with the words.

by Anonymousreply 36July 29, 2021 12:10 AM

I wonder if Burt is on the spectrum himself.

by Anonymousreply 37July 29, 2021 12:13 AM

He definitely had a problem with imperfection.

by Anonymousreply 38July 29, 2021 12:18 AM

I dig Costelloโ€™s God Gove Me Strength, R28.

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by Anonymousreply 39July 29, 2021 12:24 AM

But the ultimate queen of Bacharach is still Dionne.

by Anonymousreply 40July 29, 2021 12:29 AM

Good choice, but r39 but here's the song sung by a real singer

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by Anonymousreply 41July 29, 2021 12:35 AM

Cilla's "Alfie" is dreadful. Jerry Butler's "Make it Easy on Yourself" takes the song in a very different direction than the female singers.

by Anonymousreply 42July 29, 2021 12:41 AM

The Walker Brothers' big production of "Make it Easy on Yourself".

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by Anonymousreply 43July 29, 2021 12:50 AM

[quote]Cilla's "Alfie" is dreadful.

She almost sounds good after listening to Connie Francis at R18

by Anonymousreply 44July 29, 2021 12:59 AM

What is Bacharach's biggest-selling song? I would guess it's between Arthur's Theme, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and Close To You.

by Anonymousreply 45July 29, 2021 1:02 AM

Burt Bacharach was a pop music genius.

by Anonymousreply 46July 29, 2021 1:18 AM

Linda Ronstadt - Anyone Who Had A Heart

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by Anonymousreply 47July 29, 2021 1:23 AM

Girls, you both gave wonderful performances

Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin sing "I Say A Little Prayer" | 1981

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by Anonymousreply 48July 29, 2021 1:44 AM

And then: "Lost Horizon"

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by Anonymousreply 49July 29, 2021 2:07 AM

Cher's version of Alfie is more emotional, dramatic, and heartfelt than Dionne's. And Gayle McCormick and Smith totally transformed Baby It's You and sang the shit out of it- she should've been as big as Linda Ronstadt or Karen Carpenter.

by Anonymousreply 50July 29, 2021 3:40 AM

R44. Connie's version of Alfie is quite good, as are Trains is Boats and Planes. However, her Broadway LP Never On Sunday LP, and the Les Reed LP which followed the B & D LP are far superior, to name a few.

by Anonymousreply 51July 29, 2021 4:19 AM

Dionne is the ultimate Alfie songstress, that one definitely belong to her.

by Anonymousreply 52July 29, 2021 4:33 AM

Dionne's voice had a quality of wistfulness that worked well with Hal David's lyrics.

by Anonymousreply 53July 29, 2021 4:39 AM

R52, then why is Cher's version in the U.S. print of the movie? Dionne's is bland in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 54July 29, 2021 5:25 AM

The ultimate version of God Give Me Strength is the Kristen Vigard. Not the version Illeana Douglas lipsynchs to in Grace Of My Heart but a 5:51 full orchestral version I got from iTunes years ago and isn't on YouTube.

As much as I love Elvis's version the GOMH soundtrack should have included Kristen's version.

It was snubbed at the Oscars in favour of the song from That Thing You Do.

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by Anonymousreply 55July 29, 2021 8:51 AM

[Quote] The Walker Brothers' big production of "Make it Easy on Yourself".

John Franz' big production.

by Anonymousreply 56July 29, 2021 10:11 AM

Chrissie Hynde's version of Message To Michael is sublime. A shame she's never recorded a studio version.

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by Anonymousreply 57July 29, 2021 10:35 AM

'๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐จ๐ฏ๐ž' - I like the instrumental version, and only a particular arrangement of it, from the 1967 'Reach Out' album - the one which was used in ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ง๐ (1970), quite different from the one used in ๐‚๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐จ ๐‘๐จ๐ฒ๐š๐ฅ๐ž (1967).

Listening to it, I always think of beautiful Cowboy, looking around at Michael's apartment through the psychedelic colors of the translucent scarf, visualizing the world through gay eyes.

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by Anonymousreply 58July 29, 2021 10:44 AM

Anita Kerr Singers - Are You There (With Another Girl.)

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by Anonymousreply 59July 29, 2021 11:09 AM

Knowing When to Leave is a song I adore, and I give the prize to Betty Buckley on the Promises Promises London cast album.

by Anonymousreply 60July 29, 2021 12:15 PM

Buckley is so strident. One of her "When to LEAVE"s before the end sounds like she's going to murder someone.

by Anonymousreply 61July 29, 2021 12:16 PM

Will no one (but me) give a nod to Barbra's House Is Not a Home/One Less Bell to Answer?

by Anonymousreply 62July 29, 2021 12:18 PM

emembering the day I scraped my babysitting money together to buy this

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by Anonymousreply 63July 29, 2021 1:00 PM

Sing along with Sally Kellerman! These lyrics are a challenge Hal!

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by Anonymousreply 64July 29, 2021 1:09 PM

Bacharach & David's songs had a lot of awkward phrasing and Warwick consistently excelled at putting this over. BJ Thomas' version of "Raindrops" is probably the major exception to this. The more "catchy" and simple of their songs are the ones where others tended to outshine her, like "The Look of Love".

by Anonymousreply 65July 29, 2021 2:11 PM

R7, Walk on By was not 'covered' by Dionne. It was written for her. But I do like and agree with your points.

by Anonymousreply 66July 29, 2021 7:35 PM

"Baby It's You" is just Shirley Owens singing over the demo instrumental. Burt is among the background singers. Scepter, the label, was independent and pretty cheap. They made Dionne pad out her early albums with vault material that had already been released by others. It's a shame she didn't cut a vocal for "Baby It's You." She sounds infinitely better than Shirley on "It's Love That Really Counts."

by Anonymousreply 67July 29, 2021 7:39 PM

[Quote] People always go crazy over "A House is Not a Home," and I do love the music, although it has one of the stupidest lyrics in their oeuvre: "A chair is still a chair/ Even if there's no one sitting there..." Well, DUH.

That's not a stupid lyric. A House is not a home without people to make it a home, unlike chairs, rooms etc. - ya know, the stuff you find in a house.

by Anonymousreply 68July 29, 2021 7:41 PM

Agree about Kristen Vigard, her version should've been on the Grace of my Heart soundtrack along with Costello's. I didn't like any of the other songs on that cd!

by Anonymousreply 69July 29, 2021 7:43 PM

Dionne Warwick's musicality and vocals were the reason he triumped in the '60's. He could experiment and write more difficult music because he knew that she would get it and could perform it brilliantly. Dusty Springfield herself knew Warwick was a superb singer and was a devotee from the same era.

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by Anonymousreply 70July 30, 2021 10:32 PM

Dusty Springfield was probably Dionne's only real rival in pop music at that time. They were both the best of the best.

by Anonymousreply 71July 30, 2021 10:40 PM

They weren't really rivals. Dusty never gained a foothold on the US charts.

by Anonymousreply 72July 30, 2021 10:45 PM

In terms of talent, r72

by Anonymousreply 73July 30, 2021 10:47 PM

Dionne and Dusty were great friends too.

by Anonymousreply 74July 30, 2021 10:51 PM

Dusty is my vote for Anyone Who Has a Heart. The arrangement/recording is a bit thin soundwise/music wise, but the hurt and pain in her voice is flawless.

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by Anonymousreply 75July 30, 2021 10:54 PM

[quote] Dusty Springfield (1964). To my ears, the definitive reading of the song, a bar no one has ever cleared, though many have tried. Everything about this performance, produced by Johnny Franz as an album track for Springfield's debut LP, A Girl Called Dusty, and never even issued as a single (presumably too close on the heels of Dionne Warwick's and Cilla Black's huge hit versions) is redolent not only of heartbreak, but of the depravity a broken heart is capable of inspiring. It's full of the kind of naked vulnerability that would be embarrassing if it weren't communicated with such mastery. Shattered and shattering. And she was just 25 years old.

YAAAAS BITCHES

by Anonymousreply 76July 30, 2021 10:58 PM

[quote]Dionne and Dusty were great friends too.

I really doubt Dionne and Dusty were friends, but there was a real sense of mutual respect there.

by Anonymousreply 77July 31, 2021 4:09 PM

[quote]Agree about Kristen Vigard, her version should've been on the Grace of my Heart soundtrack along with Costello's. I didn't like any of the other songs on that cd!

There are some absolute gems on that soundtrack! I love the lesbian angst in My Secret Love (co-written by party girl Lesley Gore), Dave Stewart teaming up with Carole Bayer Sager for I Do, Joni Mitchell's Man From Mars and Elvis Costello's Unwanted Number. Gerry and Louise Goffin's Between Two Worlds was also a lovely song Shawn Colvin did justice to. Not sure Carol would have been happy about their involvement in the movie though.

by Anonymousreply 78July 31, 2021 4:24 PM

Dionne, shady queen that she is, commented that all Dusty had was music.

by Anonymousreply 79July 31, 2021 5:31 PM

One of Dusty's latterday girlfriends claimed that Dusty would regular point out Dionne's house when they drove by. I presume it was LA. There was no mention that they ever socialised when Dusty lived in the US.

by Anonymousreply 80July 31, 2021 5:32 PM

Maybe I'm wrong then. Dionne had been interviewed about Dusty, and among the nice things Dionne said about Dusty's voice, she said that she was a close personal friend of hers. This was a while back. Maybe she was exaggerating?

by Anonymousreply 81August 2, 2021 5:27 PM

Dionne also said that she wanted an apology from all of the British girls who sang her songs, naming Dusty, Cilla and Sandie. Funny how Dionne forgets that Sandie sang "Always Something There to Remind Me" BEFORE Dionne. And Dusty released "Wishin' and Hopin'" in the US about a year after Dionne, just as Aretha did with "I Say a Little Prayer." Dionne had no smoke for Aretha, though. (Well, not until Whitney's funeral...)

by Anonymousreply 82August 2, 2021 6:02 PM

[quote]Maybe I'm wrong then. Dionne had been interviewed about Dusty, and among the nice things Dionne said about Dusty's voice, she said that she was a close personal friend of hers. This was a while back. Maybe she was exaggerating?

There was no doubt a mutual respect between Dusty and Dionne but I really don't think they were close friends.

I don't think Dusty was close friends with anyone, which was why her career suffered so much. She didn't have anyone to turn up at her motel and kick the cats off the bed and drag her into the shower in the style of Kathy Bates in Men Don't Leave.

by Anonymousreply 83August 2, 2021 6:09 PM

I think Vicki Wickham would refute that.

by Anonymousreply 84August 2, 2021 6:10 PM

My favorite version of "Trains and Boats and Planes" is by the Box Tops (Alex Chilton's pre-Big Star group).

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by Anonymousreply 85August 2, 2021 6:12 PM

Kirsty MacColl's plaintive vocals really suit Trains and Boats and Planes.

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by Anonymousreply 86August 2, 2021 6:20 PM

R82, the below link does seem to back up what you are saying.

The complaint might be a bit out of context though. Dionne phrased it that cover versions were released immediately after her versions had been, and that is very true. But, that is really more of a beef to be had with the people with the publishing rights (Bacharach/David), and, that type of thing happened all the time in the 60s and early 70s. It was a different world back then. I have a lot of my Mom's old LPs, and it's amazing how so many of them were released in the same year or two as each other, and they ALL have the same Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash songs.

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by Anonymousreply 87August 2, 2021 6:25 PM

[Quote] Dionne phrased it that cover versions were released immediately after her versions had been, and that is very true.

It's not true, though. Dionne's "Wishin' and Hopin'" was released as a b-side in 1963. Dusty's version - Bacharach suggested she record the song in late 1963 - wasn't released until well into 1964. Dionne's version was not prevented from being a hit by the release of Dusty's version. Sandie covered "Always..." in 1964 (She arguably stole the hit from Lou Johnson), whereas Dionne didn't release a version until 1967. Cilla Black's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" is the only version that "covered" Dionne's version in the charts - the UK charts.

by Anonymousreply 88August 2, 2021 6:42 PM

Did he write for DaBaby?

by Anonymousreply 89August 2, 2021 6:45 PM

I loved this the moment I heard it. It was the first version I ever heard, late in 1964, when I had no idea who Burt Bacharach was.

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by Anonymousreply 90August 2, 2021 7:14 PM

R88, Dionne recorded Wishin' and Hopin' first, and Dusty wanted to record it based solely on Dionne's recording, and did so soon thereafter. See link below.

Also, Dionne recorded "In the Land of Make Believe" in 1964, before Dusty recorded it in 1968.

I think this all might have something to do with Dionne's resentfulness (not defending her). Dionne later sang "I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself" and "The Look of Love", both previously recorded by Dusty. Yes, others had covered some of these songs too, but her beef was with British women recording her songs after she did, and it's a bit more than you are indicating in your post.

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by Anonymousreply 91August 2, 2021 10:31 PM

Dionne Warwick is so overrated and a terrible person. She is not a friend to the gay community, and is toxic and gross!

by Anonymousreply 92August 3, 2021 3:57 AM

[Quote] Dionne recorded Wishin' and Hopin' first, and Dusty wanted to record it based solely on Dionne's recording, and did so soon thereafter. See link below

That link states that Bacharach persuaded Dusty to record the song.

[Quote] Also, Dionne recorded "In the Land of Make Believe" in 1964, before Dusty recorded it in 1968.

You're rather proving my point (and wasn't Make Believe also done by the Drifters?). Dionne's version had time to find an audience. Dusty took nothing from Dionne.

by Anonymousreply 93August 3, 2021 4:02 AM

I'm happy to live in a world where both Dionne's and Dusty's music exists. I don't give a crap who got there first.

by Anonymousreply 94August 3, 2021 4:07 AM

R78, the songs you mention are corny, you sound like the typical dyke with no taste!

by Anonymousreply 95August 3, 2021 4:41 AM

R20 I prefer Petula Clark's version of "True Love Never Runs Smooth". I've never liked Pitney's version. He over enunciates - the way he sings "matter" is particularly jarring - and the background "la, la, la's" are just fighting the orchestra.

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by Anonymousreply 96August 3, 2021 5:23 AM

Johnny Mathis - Saturday Sunshine

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by Anonymousreply 97August 3, 2021 5:26 AM

R9, R12 While Dusty's version of "The Look of Love" is sublime, Sergio Mendes' Brazilian take includes Lani Hall's sensual vocals, an upbeat summery sound (it was released in July of '67) and the ending sounds like a Bond theme (even though "Casino Royale" was a comedy).

"Mendes really burst into mainstream prominence when he performed the Oscar-nominated "The Look of Love" on the Academy Awards telecast in April 1968. Brasil '66's version of the song quickly shot into the top 10, peaking at No. 4 and eclipsing Dusty Springfield's version from the soundtrack of the movie Casino Royale. "

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by Anonymousreply 98August 3, 2021 5:56 AM

The Carpenters 1970 version of "(They Long To Be) Close To You, " may be the best known but I love Dusty's version (recorded in 1964 but not released until 1967) . We won't talk about Richard Chamberlain's 1963 original (don't waste the 2 minutes and 15 seconds on YouTube).

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by Anonymousreply 99August 3, 2021 6:13 AM

Let me add another great "Look of Love" version: Nina Simone.

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by Anonymousreply 100August 3, 2021 12:20 PM

Susanna Hoffs recorded The Look Of Love in '99. It's really quite lovely.

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by Anonymousreply 101August 3, 2021 12:47 PM

Johnny Mathis sucks as a singer, so does Harry Belafonte. Hated their styles.

by Anonymousreply 102August 9, 2021 6:20 AM

R98, Lani Hall is still married to Herb Alpert. I bought Brasil 66's Fool on a Hill album when I was a teen. The back cover landscape looked like a nude female torso.

by Anonymousreply 103August 9, 2021 6:28 AM

I actually give the prize for Knowing When to Leave to Jill O'Hara, who first performed the song on Broadway in Promises, Promises. There's a pain but also a little bit of terror in her voice that none of the other interpreters managed to communicate. Listen.

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by Anonymousreply 104August 9, 2021 7:29 AM

The Naked Eyes version of, "Always Something There to Remind Me", puts a smile on my face.

by Anonymousreply 105August 9, 2021 8:16 AM

Not even a Wikipedia page for Bambi McCormick?

by Anonymousreply 106August 9, 2021 9:55 AM

Bambi's self titled album is now on streaming services.

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by Anonymousreply 107January 9, 2022 1:18 PM

[quote] Dionne also said that she wanted an apology from all of the British girls who sang her songs

Theyโ€™re not her songs, theyโ€™re Burt Bacharach and Hal Davidโ€™s songs.

by Anonymousreply 108January 10, 2022 1:51 PM

Dionne should have got an apology from Pye International, her UK label at the time. Bobbie Gentry got the UK hit of "I'll Never Fall In Love Again." Gentry was probably in the country to promote it, which could have made all the difference. British Radio had strange laws in those days.

by Anonymousreply 109January 10, 2022 1:56 PM

R108, weren't they written for her?

by Anonymousreply 110January 10, 2022 9:22 PM

This is the first version of "Make it Easy on Yourself" I ever heard. As is often the case, the first version I heard automatically became the definitive version for me.

It was a moderate R&B hit in 1983, so I heard it often on the radio for a while. At the time I had no idea it was a Bacharach/David song, or that it was a cover version of an established classic.

It's by Ron Banks (former lead singer of the Dramatics) and Belita Woods (former lead singer of Brainstorm)

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by Anonymousreply 111January 10, 2022 9:48 PM

Dionne 's "Make it Easy on Yourself" is fantastic. I'd consider hers definitive.

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by Anonymousreply 112January 12, 2022 9:53 PM

You don't rate Jerry Butler's? He also did the original version of "Message to Martha."

by Anonymousreply 113January 12, 2022 10:02 PM

Maybe not THE definitive, but pretty damn close

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by Anonymousreply 114January 12, 2022 10:04 PM

Nope. Foghorn no bueno for Bacharach.

by Anonymousreply 115January 12, 2022 10:07 PM

I LOVE Diana Ross' version of Close To You. Superb!

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by Anonymousreply 116January 13, 2022 1:44 AM

Luther Vandross - What The World Needs Now

Just beautiful!

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by Anonymousreply 117January 13, 2022 1:49 AM

Cher "Alfie"

by Anonymousreply 118January 13, 2022 1:54 AM

I hate Luther's self indulgent versions.

by Anonymousreply 119January 13, 2022 3:23 PM

The Stylistics - You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) outperformed the Dionne Warwick version on both the pop and R&B charts.

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by Anonymousreply 120January 13, 2022 8:17 PM

I wouldn't say it rivals Dionne's original recording, but I enjoy D-Train's remake of "Walk on By."

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by Anonymousreply 121January 13, 2022 8:34 PM

It's not the ultimate version, but I still enjoy it.

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by Anonymousreply 122January 19, 2022 7:27 PM

Helen Shapiro. Walk On By

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by Anonymousreply 123January 19, 2022 8:00 PM

Sybil. Donโ€™t Make Me Over

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by Anonymousreply 124January 19, 2022 8:02 PM

Helen Shapiro didn't have the head voice to pull that arrangment off.

by Anonymousreply 125January 19, 2022 8:03 PM

Just thought I'd mention for the curious that LOST HORIZON is streaming on Amazon Prime (the print looks pretty great, too, which isn't always the case with Amazon). It's a ridiculous movie, but I don't actually think the songs in and of themselves are terrible, though Burt's music is better than Hal's lyrics. No songs could save that campfest.

by Anonymousreply 126January 19, 2022 8:06 PM

[quote] There are some absolute gems on that soundtrack! I love the lesbian angst in My Secret Love (co-written by party girl Lesley Gore), Dave Stewart teaming up with Carole Bayer Sager for I Do, Joni Mitchell's Man From Mars and Elvis Costello's Unwanted Number.

I love Jill Sobule's "Truth is You Lied," but it got cut from the film. She released a video of it, though (with period clothes and hair for her and the back-up singers).

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by Anonymousreply 127January 19, 2022 8:15 PM

R24 Hot dayum I dug that! Foxy woman as well. Wow. I'm in love. One hit wonder from back in the day love. Gorgeous alto from that enigmatic sexy woman.

I think that Dusty Springfield and Lady Dionne of Warwick really own this thread. Those are the first two people I think of when it comes to Bacharach and David. The Carpenters did a whole medley of a fair amount of their works as well as some covers and all but Dusty and Dionne are just the tops with Bacharach and David to me and Dionne wore her "Burt Bacharach's muse" status like the Queen of England does her crown.

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by Anonymousreply 128January 19, 2022 8:33 PM

[Quote] One hit wonder from back in the day love.

What was her hit?

by Anonymousreply 129January 19, 2022 8:35 PM

I don't remember Bambi McCormick at all but I really like her.

by Anonymousreply 130January 19, 2022 11:43 PM
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