Dusty Springfield: I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Hal David, the lyricist of the Bacharach David team, died on 1 September, 2012.
David's lyrics combined with Bacharach's lovely melodies created the soundtrack to virtually every boomer's life. We decided to select our fave five B+D songs. Enjoy, and if your have a different five, send them in.
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself: Dusty Springfield
How well this expresses the emptiness of separating from a loved one. The wonderful Dusty Springfield’s version is the most successful but the original, recorded by Tommy Hunt, is better.
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head: B. J. Thomas
From the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, this is the story of an eternal optimist. No matter what life throws at him, how much his heart aches, he believes it won’t be long until happiness steps up to greet him…and in the meantime at least he’s free.
I Say A Little Prayer: Dionne Warwick
Possibly the finest song to express what being in love is like. The apogee of the Bacharch-David-Warwick era of gorgeous tunes, heart wrenching love poems, string/horn/reed arrangements and beautiful, expressive vocals from the peerless Dionne Warwick.
True Love Never Runs Smooth: Gene Pitney
Bacharach and David also wrote many hits for Gene Pitney. This is one of the best, and again the pain and anguish of a love affair has never been better expressed than by Hal David’s lyrics and Burt Bacharach’s haunting melody.
Make It Easy On Yourself: The Walker Brothers
The Walker Brothers found fame and fortune, and the love of thousands of teenage girls, with this exquisite song expressing the pain of breaking up with your loved one. The Jerry Butler original is better, but less well known being the victim of the habit of white performers covering songs first recorded by black American artists whose superior versions were wilfully ignored by mainstream disc jockeys and the music press.
Editor’s note: You are strongly recommended to buy a brilliant compilation CD, The Sound of Bacharach. It contains some original classics, some unexpected gems by little known artists, some lesser known songs from big name acts. Bacharach and David were in the vanguard of white composers, arrangers and producers who transformed popular music in the early 1960s by insisting their material was sung by the best performers, regardless of colour, and hence cuts by Tammi Terrell, Chuck Jackson, Big Maybelle, Maxine Brown and the Shirelles.
- Eva Cassidy: Time After Time
- Eagles: Hotel California
- Sarah Vaughan: And I Love Him
- The Walker Brothers: There Goes My Baby
- Willie Nelson: Help Me Make It Through The Night
- Prince: Take Me With You
- Van Morrison: Moondance
- Frank Sinatra: Softly As I Leave You
- David Bowie: Aladdin Sane
- Walker Brothers: No Regrets
- Aretha Franklin: The Weight
- Barbra Streisand: People Who Need People