The Look Of Love.
The songwriting partnership of Burt Bacharach and Hal David has been responsible for some great songs over the years. Although many consider them to be ‘middle of the road’ musically, their collaborations with various top performers have left us with many modern classics, and others that will no doubt endure. Many of their biggest hits were recorded by Dionne Warwick, but delve into their prolific output, and you might find many surprises too. The huge Carpenters hit ‘Close to you’ was written by them, as was ‘A House Is Not A Home’, which was released by Brook Benton and Luther Vandross, in addition to the Dionne Warwick version.
That song was written for a film, as was ‘Alfie’, ‘Arthur’s Theme’, and ‘Raindrops Keep falling On My Head.’ My personal favourite of their songs was also destined for a film soundtrack, the 1967 James Bond spoof, ‘Casino Royale.’ It was sung on the film version by Dusty Springfield, and received an Oscar nomination. Also released as a record in its own right, in entered the charts too. It was later re-recorded with the same arrangement and additional instruments. Despite numerous covers over the years, by artists as diverse as Andy Williams and Isaac Hayes, it is Dusty’s smoky vocal version that remains the best ever. I remember playing this in my car, on an old cassette player. I could only get the film version at the time, so I constantly re-wound the track to play it again, as I didn’t care much for the rest of the music.
This clip shows how it featured in the film, and how I first heard it. The second clip is Dusty singing a mimed version on a TV show, all black eye make-up and big hair. I miss her.