Today’s music video is Odds And Ends and the song is performed here by American Popular Music Legend Dionne Warwick.
This video was posted to You Tube by PlanetPygar
There are perhaps very few people who have heard this song. It didn’t make it into the Top 40 in the U.S. It was a minor hit in some places of Australia, and at the time, it was one of my favourite songs being played on the radio.
It was recorded by Dionne Warwick, who around this time, the mid and late 70’s had hit after hit after hit. Most of those songs were written by that famed pair of writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Burt wrote the music and Hal did the lyrics. They were probably the pre-eminent songwriters of the time. Probably most remembered for their association with Dionne Warwick, they wrote songs for a virtual who’s who of the music industry’s artists in both the U.S. and also in the UK. While their songs were recorded for Dionne Warwick, they were often picked up by other artists in the UK, where a number of hits made famous in the U.S. by Dionne Warwick, they were hits in the UK for a number of artists.
Besides Dionne Warwick, Burt and Hal wrote for many of the top recording artists of the time. They first came together in 1957 when they were working at what Burt affectionately called ‘The Music Factory’, The Brill Building in New York City, they had their first hit later that same year when Marty Robbins recorded their song, The Story Of My Life. This was followed a little later, in 158 with the Perry Como hit Magic Moments. They wrote hits, for The Drifters, The Shirelles, Gene Pitney, and while some of their earlier songs were recorded by other artists, they were released later by other singers who turned into hits. The first song they wrote which was recorded by Dionne Warwick was Don’t Make Me Over released in 1962. Songs released by Dionne Warwick were made into smash hits in the UK by Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black and Sandie Shaw.
They had a string of major hits on both sides of the Atlantic, in fact Just the songs which made it into the Top 40, they had 73 of those in the U.S. and 52 of them in the UK.
While he wrote most of them with Hal David, Burt Bacharach also teamed up with other writers later on, most notably Carole Bayer Sager. He has written hits spanning the decades starting with that first one in 1957, and the last in 1998.
Sadly Hal David passed away in 2012.
While the song I have featured today is one of his lesser known songs, it has always been a favourite of mine. As I mentioned earlier. the only place I heard it was as a song being played on the radio. Years later, I tried to track down the song by chasing it up on Dionne Warwick albums, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Further years later I was just browsing in a music store, and I saw this CD release of Burt Bacharach hits. It was a double CD, The Look Of Love – The Burt Bacharach Collection, with 50 songs on two discs, all Bacharach/David written songs performed by the original recording artists, and one of the songs was that song Odds And Ends by Dionne Warwick. Over the years you hear songs on the radio, but you rarely have them all together in the one place, so it was quite astonishing to see that this famed music writing pair had so many hits for so many artists across so many years. This was the first time I had seen any record or CD with that song, so I got hold of the CD and added it to my collection.
Johnny Mathis also recorded a cover of this song as well.
There are no clips of Dionne performing this song live, so this clip is just the studio version of the song, overlaid with images of Dionne Warwick.