|"A House Is Not a Home"|
|Single by Dionne Warwick|
|from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick|
|Recorded||1964 at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer|
|Writer(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Producer||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Dionne Warwick singles chronology|
"A House Is Not a Home" is a 1964 song recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick. Written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the song was a modest hit in the U.S. for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". Two weeks earlier, a competing version by Brook Benton had debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at number seventy-five. The Brook Benton version of the tune was used as the theme for the film of the same name.
Warwick's version of "A House Is Not a Home" fared better in Canada, where it was a top 40 hit, peaking at #37. The song made the R&B top 10 in Cashbox by both Warwick and Benton, with neither artist specified as best seller.
The song was an outtake in the sessions that produced the 1968 album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations. It is available on the compilation Joined Together: The Complete Studio Duets, a 2004 Motown CD.
((Rouvaun)) recorded this song on his 1969 album "From The Heart of Man"
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The song was covered by R&B singer Luther Vandross, whose version became an R&B hit in 1981. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would bring Warwick to tears. Vandross' version would be sampled two decades after that by Kanye West on his, Jamie Foxx's and Twista's hit, "Slow Jamz", in 2004.
The song has also been frequently featured on the popular television show American Idol, with performances by Tamyra Gray, Ruben Studdard, Anwar Robinson, Elliott Yamin and Jacob Lusk. Season 3 runner-up Diana DeGarmo also sang the song in the musical revue, Back to Bacharach and David in 2009 that was directed by Kathy Najimy.
Bill Evans recorded the song for his 1977 album I Will Say Goodbye and other notable jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins have performed and recorded the song—it has thus acquired the status of a jazz standard.
In 2005, Aretha Franklin covered the song for the tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.
In 2002, Lynne Arriale covered the song on her album "Inspiration".
In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Welcome to the Chum Bucket", SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs sing a song entitled "A Grill Is Not a Home". It is rumored to be a parody of this song.
In 2010, Kristin Chenoweth performed the song in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Although the song was not part of the original show, it was added to showcase her voice and, as Bacharach and David had written all of the original score, it fit in perfectly, both dramatically and musically.
The song was also covered twice in "Home," the sixteenth episode of the TV series Glee, once by Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, and once by Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth as part of a medley with "One Less Bell to Answer."
In 2012, British pop group STEPS included a cover of the song on their album "Light Up The World".
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