500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Dionne Warwick, 'Walk On By'

Writers: Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producers: Bacharach, David
Released: April '64, Scepter
13 weeks, No. 6

Early in her career, Warwick was a back-up singer who also cut demos for Brill Building songwriters Bacharach and David. This forlorn classic solidified her stardom, capping a series of singles in which she played the pleading lover. A downcast ballad set to a bossa nova beat, it was originally relegated to the B side of "Any Old Time of the Day," until New York DJ Murray the K asked listeners to vote on the single's two sides. The winning cut scaled the charts during the heady exuberance of Beatlemania, which provided an unwitting foil for the understated perseverance of "Walk On By." "I didn't get the guy very often in those days," Warwick said.

Appears on: The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 

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