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Worldwide Wednesday: I Say A Little Prayer

I heard this at work yesterday and I just

/dies/

I’ve loved this song for YEARS. UGH IT’S TOO GREAT. I SIMPLY CANNOT.

I Say A Little Prayer” was originally written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for Dionne Warwick in 1966. HE wrote it to convey a woman’s concern for her husband/boyfriend whom was serving in the Vietnam War.

Dionne Warwick usually only took three takes to record a song, but Bacharach had her record it TEN times and still didn’t like it.

It was unreleased until the next year on the album, “The Windows of the World,” which was mostly made up of older material.

The song was intended as a B-side for “(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls.” However, the song “Say A Little Prayer” became the better seller of the two, making it to #4 on the charts.

This was her first Top 10 appearance since “Message To Michael (1966, spring). “(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls” later surpassed “I Say A Little Prayer” and rose to #2 in 1968.

The song has been revived numerous times, and went back into the Top 40 in 1997 when it appeared on the soundtrack to “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Which is where I heard it from.

It’s one of the bestest songs EVUR.

I’m going to post three different versions: Dionne Warwick’s original, Diana King‘s reggae version (appeared on “Think Like A Girl,” 1997), and the other by ARETHA FRANKLIN (appeared on “Aretha Now,” 1968).

I didn’t know Aretha covered this song but it’s FANTABULOUS!~ And now my favorite version 😀

Watch the videos below:

 

Like the song?

Buy Dionne’s 

Aretha’s or

Diana’s on iTunes!

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