Wednesday When It Was Music ~ Walk On By ~ Dionne Warwick

In reality the video itself tells the story of the magic that was created with Composer Burt Bacharach, Co-Writing Lyricist partner Hal David and Singer Dionne Warwick.

It was the time of an era that spoke to you through the muse, words and vocals like none other. And it was the beginning of one of the best combinations of Music Ever.

Something today that nobody seems to have anymore. A collaboration that lasts because it’s that good.

“Walk On By” was just one of multitudes of hits she would sing with Bacharach & David who wrote over a 100 songs together in the early sixties alone with a good portion of them with Warwick in mind.

Over a 20-year period, beginning in the early 1960s, Warwick charted 38 singles co-written or produced by Bacharach and David, including 22 Top-40, 12 Top-20, and nine Top-10 hits on the American Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Like many artists who defined the 60s pop sound, this trio topped invented the list.

From her first hit with this Composer and Lyricist,
“Don’t Make Me Over” in 1962 all three never looked back.

“Anyone Who Had a Heart” – 1963
“Walk On By” – 1964
“You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)”/”A House Is Not a Home” – 1964
“Who Can I Turn To” – 1965
“Message to Michael” – 1966
I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” – 1066
“Alfie”- 1967
“I Say a Little Prayer” – 1967
“(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls” – 1967
“Do You Know the Way to San Jose” – 1968
“(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”- 1968
“Promises, Promises” – 1968
“This Girl’s in Love with You” – 1969
“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” – 1969
“Make It Easy on Yourself” – 1970

I still break out in goose bumps when I hear these songs on the radio, so many memories from my youth of where I was and what song reminds me of.

How anybody could pick out just one favorite is impossible, they were all favorites. But Walk On By was something special. It reminded me of the hot Detroit summer night when I was 7 years old. And strangely I can narrow the exact location it always reminds me of. My one grandmother lived on Sussex off W. Chicago and we hadn’t yet moved to the east side yet. So for some reason the route along Joy Rd before Rouge Park in the summer going and coming from.

Funny isn’t it?

All I know is Dionne Warwick was the 1960s, the music takes me back to a better time.

When It Was Music.

 

 

Dionne Warwick Grammy Awards
Nominated

1965 Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance-Female: “Walk on By” 1968 Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance-Female: “Alfie”
1969 Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance-Female: “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” WON
1970 Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance-Female: “This Girl’s in Love with You”
1971 Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance-Female: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” WON

Burt Bacharach

Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – 1969 WON
Academy Award for Best Original Score – 1969 – WON
Academy Award for Best Original Song – 1969 – WON
For “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Academy Award for Best Original Song – 1981 for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” WON

Hal David

Academy Award for Best Original Song – 1969 – WON
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” ·Music: Burt Bacharach ·Lyrics: Hal David.

 

In my opinion they should have won a lot more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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