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This was written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
This was not Johnson's first hit but it was his highest (and last) charting Pop hit. It was released during the time when American Pop music was being taken over by the British Invasion. Ironically, over in Britain, American music was becoming more popular. In an effort to promote this song in Britain, Bacharach escorted Johnson there and introduced him on the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops, where Johnson performed it. The song was a bigger hit in Britain, but not for Johnson! At the same time, a young British singer named Sandie Shaw had recorded and released a version of it and her version topped the British charts. Johnson's version failed to make an impact in Britain, and Shaw's version reached only US #52 in 1965.
Various artists have covered this song. A version by Dionne Warwick reached US #65 in 1968; a version by R.B. Greaves reached US #27 in 1970; a version by Naked Eyes reached US #8 in 1983. Other artists who have covered this include Lou Christie, Jose Feliciano, Wayne Fontana, The Hippos, Jay & the Americans, Brenda Lee, Martha & the Vandellas, Barbara Mason, and Johnny Mathis. A few versions of this song have the word "(There's)" dropped from the title. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
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