Don't Make Me Over (song)

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"Don't Make Me Over"
Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick.jpg
Single by Dionne Warwick
from the album Presenting Dionne Warwick
ReleasedFall 1962
RecordedAugust 18, 1962, Bell Sound Studios, New York City, New York
GenrePop, easy listening, soul
Length2:46
LabelScepter
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Dionne Warwick singles chronology
"Don't Make Me Over"
(1962)
"This Empty Place"
(1963)

"Don't Make Me Over" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in August 1962 and released in fall 1962 as her debut single.[1][2] The song reached number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. It was also a top-forty hit in Canada, reaching number 38. Various covers of the song have been made. Jennifer Warnes recorded a version which reached number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, and in 1989, Sybil released a successful dance cover of the song, that was a number-one hit in New Zealand.

Sybil version[edit]

"Don't Make Me Over"
Sybil-Don't Make Me Over.jpg
Single by Sybil
from the album Sybil
Released1989
Genre
Length3:54
Label
  • Attic
  • Bellaphon
  • BITE Records
  • Champion
  • Mega Records
  • Metronome
  • Next Plateau Records Inc.
  • On The Beat
  • Sanni Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dolores Drewry
  • James Bratton
Sybil singles chronology
"Can't Wait (On Tomorrow)"
(1988)
"Don't Make Me Over"
(1989)
"Make It Easy on Me"
(1990)
Music video
"Don't Make Me Over" on YouTube

In 1989, American singer Sybil reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her version, one position above Warwick's original, and number two on the Hot Black Singles chart, eventually receiving a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. This version also became a UK hit, peaking at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, and topped the New Zealand Singles Chart for four weeks. A prominent sample of Sybil's version of the song became the basis for Caron Wheeler's 1992 hit single "I Adore You" from the soundtrack of the motion picture Mo' Money starring Damon Wayans.

Critical reception[edit]

Bill Coleman from Billboard described Sybil's cover as a "spirited Soul II Soul-ish rendition of the Dionne Warwick classic has smash written all over it".[3] Miranda Sawyer from Smash Hits noted "the swoony dance wisples" of the song.[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" single, Germany (1989)
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Make Me Over" (Radio Version)3:54
2."Here Comes My Love"3:58
12" single, Germany (1989)
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Make Me Over" (The KING-dom Come Mix)7:20
2."Don't Make Me Over" (Radio Mix)3:54
3."Here Comes My Love" (Vocal)3:58
4."Here Comes My Love" (Instrumental)3:58
CD maxi, Germany (1989)
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Make Me Over" (Nightime Mix)3:45
2."Don't Make Me Over" (Daytime Mix)3:27
3."My Love Is Guaranteed" (Red Ink Mix - Part 1)5:35
CD maxi, France (1989)
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Make Me Over" (The King-Dom Come Mix)7:20
2."Don't Make Me Over" (Radio Mix)3:54
3."Here Comes My Love" (Vocal)3:58
4."Don't Make Me Over" (Instrumental Version)3:36

Charts and certifications[edit]

Dionne Warwick version[edit]

Chart (1962–1963) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] N/A
Canada (CHUM)[citation needed] 38
France (IFOP)[6] 69
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 5

Jennifer Warnes version[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 67
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 36
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 84

Sybil version[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

In January 1966 Liverpudlian band the Swinging Blue Jeans released a cover version which peaked at 31 in the United Kingdom.[26]

Italian chanteuse Ornella Vanoni recorded an Italian-language version of 'Don't Make Me Over', entitled 'Non Dirmi Niente', with lyrics by Giulio Rapetti (otherwise known as Mogol), which was released as a single in Italy in 1964[27] and in the Netherlands in 1965.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Jerry (2004). Only the Strong Survive: memoirs of a soul survivor. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press. p. 116. ISBN 0-253-21704-0.
  2. ^ Dominic, Serene (2002). Burt Bacharach, song by song: the ultimate Burt Bacharach reference for fans. London: Omnibus Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-8256-7280-5.
  3. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. 29 July 1989. p. 69. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  4. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (21 February 1990). "Review: LPs". Smash Hits. p. 53. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dionne Warwick – Don't Make Me Over" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par W". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Dionne Warwick Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Dionne Warwick Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Warnes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Warnes Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Jennifer Warnes Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 15 July 2015". imgur.com. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6660." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6688." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 4 November 1989. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sybil – Don't Make Me Over". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sybil – Don't Make Me Over" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Sybil – Don't Make Me Over". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Sybil Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Sybil Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  22. ^ "Sybil Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Sybil Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  24. ^ "End Of Year Charts 1990". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Sybil – Don't Make Me Over". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 4 August 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 50 24 February 1966 - 02 March 1966". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Ornella Vanoni: Non Dirmi Niente (Don't Make Me Over)". www.45cat.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  28. ^ "Ornella Vanoni: Non Dirmi Niente (Don't Make Me Over)". www.45cat.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.

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