A House Is Not a Home (song)
|"A House Is Not a Home"|
|Single by Dionne Warwick|
|from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick|
|Recorded||1964 at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer|
|Writer(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Producer||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Dionne Warwick singles chronology|
"A House Is Not a Home" is a 1964 song recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick, and written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Richard Todd. The song was a modest hit in the U.S. for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". Two weeks earlier, a competing version by Brook Benton had debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at number seventy-five. The Brook Benton version of the tune was used as the theme for the film of the same name.
Warwick's version of "A House Is Not a Home", originally written in the key of F major, fared better in Canada, where it was a top 40 hit, peaking at #37. The song made the R&B top 10 in Cashbox by both Warwick and Benton, with neither artist specified as best seller.
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The song was covered by R&B singer Luther Vandross, whose version became an R&B hit in 1981. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would bring Warwick to tears. Vandross' version would be sampled two decades after that by Kanye West on his, Jamie Foxx's and Twista's hit, "Slow Jamz", in 2004.
Bill Evans recorded the song for his 1977 album I Will Say Goodbye in the key of B flat major, and other notable jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins have performed and recorded the song—it has thus acquired the status of a jazz standard.
In 2005, Aretha Franklin covered the song for the tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.
In 2002, Lynne Arriale covered the song on her album "Inspiration".
In 2010, Kristin Chenoweth performed the song in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Although the song was not part of the original show, it was added to showcase her voice and, as Bacharach and David had written all of the original score, it fit in perfectly, both dramatically and musically.
The song was also covered twice in "Home," the sixteenth episode of the TV series Glee, once by Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, and once by Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth as part of a medley with "One Less Bell to Answer."