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FlinterFile: Dionne Warwick- Anyone Who Had A Heart

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In 1964, Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote a big hit for Dionne Warwick. The shifting of the time signature was accidental, Burt Bacharach normally did not even pay attention to the bars. The song is both soft and loud, rich and emotional, it has everything a good song should have. After Dionne Warwick released the original, Cilla Black, who worked in the Cavern Club, took the song and made it an even bigger hit, a number 1 in the UK. Dionne Warwick made it a number 42 hit in the UK, and a number 8 hit in the US. Enjoy

Dionne Warwick- Anyone Who Had A Heart

FlinterFile: Gene Pitney- Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa

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In 1964, Gene Pitney continued his work with the songwriter-duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They had earlier written the song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which was written for the movie with the same name, but never used. The new song was not written for a movie, since there was no movie to write for. Therefore, Hal David came up with his own movie plot. The song has a simple plot: a man gives in to temptation.The song became one of the biggest hits for Gene Pitney, peaking at number 5 in the UK and number 17 in the US. Enjoy

Gene Pitney- Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa

FlinterFile: B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

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In 1969, Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote a song for a movie. They gave it to Ray Stevens, who turned it down, and Bob Dylan, who did the same. At the time, Dionne Warwick was recording songs on the same label as B.J. Thomas. She took one of his tapes and gave it to Bacharach, who then offered him the song. He recorded it when he just had been ill, which made his voice sound raspy. A few weeks later he recorded the single version. The raspy version was good for the movie, the other version (made from three different takes) was good for the number 1 position in the US. Enjoy

B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head