A House Is Not a Home (song)
|"A House Is Not a Home"|
French EP release
|Song by Dionne Warwick from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick|
|A-side||"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"|
|Recorded||1964 at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer|
|Writer(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Producer(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
"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 Robert Taylor. The song was a modest hit in the United States 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)". Another version of the song, by Brook Benton, which was the version that appeared in the film, was released at nearly the same time. It debuted two weeks earlier on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at #75.
Warwick's version of "A House Is Not a Home" 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.
Despite its modest initial success, the song went on to achieve greater renown through frequent recordings by other artists, including a hit version in 1981 by Luther Vandross.
The Warwick single was performed in the key of F major.
Luther Vandross version
|"A House Is Not a Home"|
|Single by Luther Vandross|
|from the album Never Too Much|
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The song was covered by R&B singer Luther Vandross on his 1981 debut album Never Too Much. The track, which was recorded at seven minutes long, was released as a single and became an R&B hit, and later one of Vandross's signature songs. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would bring Warwick to tears.
Other cover versions
Following the original singles by Warwick and Benton, Bacharach himself covered the song on his 1965 debut Hit Maker!: Burt Bacharach plays the Burt Bacharach Hits.
In 2002, Lynne Arriale covered the song on her album Inspiration.
In 2005, Aretha Franklin covered the song for the tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.
Various jazz musicians have performed and recorded the song, and it has thus acquired the status of a jazz standard.
Other uses in theater, film and television
"A House Is Not a Home" was one of several Bacharach/David hits added to the score of the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises (a Bacharach/David musical from 1968). It was performed by Kristin Chenoweth and later recorded again for her album "The Art of Elegance".
The song was covered twice in "Home", the sixteenth episode of the television 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".
The song is parodied in SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Welcome to the Chum Bucket".
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