High Frequencies

Dionne Warwick - “Walk On By”

From the album Make Way For Dionne Warwick (1964)

Before she was on Celebrity Apprentice, and before those ubiquitous psychic infomercials in the 1990s, Dionne Warwick was actually a singer of note.

Yes, really.

Actually, she had quite the career in the 1960s, mainly on the strength of her releasing songs by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. She had big hits throughout the decade with songs like “Don’t Make Me Over,” “A House Is Not A Home,” “This Empty Place,” and “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.” But her signature hit - and the best of the bunch, I think - was “Walk On By." The song is vintage Bacharach/David, featuring the big arrangements, orchestral flourishes, melodrama…and the kind of hook most songwriters would kill for. The song was covered by countless others over the years, but this one has always been the most powerful to me. Dionne Warwick may’ve done her best in recent years to distance herself from her hit-making days in the ’60s, but songs like this one demonstrate that she had some game in her day.

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