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(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me


Lou Johnson

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This was written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Lou Johnson was a R&B singer from Brooklyn who made #74 with another Bacharach/David composition, "Reach Out For Me," in 1963. His version of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" was just a modest hit, but beloved by Soul music aficionados who consider it the definitive version. Johnson had some success with the songs "Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha)" and "A Time To Love - A Time To Cry (Petite Fleur)," but he never made the Top 40.

The song is a gut-wrencher about a guy who has lost his love but can't let her go because everywhere he goes he sees reminders of her. Johnson wrings out the agony in his version, but later covers downplayed the heartbreak.
Johnson's original version of this song 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 Bacharach/David muse Dionne Warwick reached US #65 in 1968, and an R.B. Greaves cover recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section reached US #27 in 1970.

The biggest American hit was by the British duo Naked Eyes, which reached #8 US in 1983 (Burt Bacharach has described this version as "very nice").

Other artists who have covered the song 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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Comments (6):

Naked Eyes reinvented the song! Love IT!!!! My other favorite song by NE is "When the lights go out"
- Rick, Mason City, IA
I loved the Naked Eyes version and video.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
Poor Lou Johnson was considered a male Dionne Warwick. He did the original versions of this song, "Reach Out For Me", and "Message To Martha (Michael)". All these songs later became huge hits for Dionne.
- John, Nashville, TN
I had never connected this song with anyone but Dionne Warwick; I'm glad to know who did the original. Also, at least where I was listening at the time (Pittsburgh), I'm certain her recording of it went much higher than #65. Or am I confusing it with "I Say a Little Prayer for You"? She recorded a lot of Bacharach/David songs, and did them splendidly. These two (Prayer & Remind) are musically pretty similar. I've never heard the Naked Eyes version.
- Fred, Laurel, MD
Being from the states, I've never heard the Lou Johnson or Sandie Shaw versions. I grew up with the Dionne Warwick version, which is actually one of her weaker Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs. Then Naked Eyes did the definitive version in '83. They OWN that song!
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
love the naked eyes version
- nathan, from the country of, Canada
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