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Album: Dionne Warwick in Valley of the DollsReleased: 1968Charted:
Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this. They discovered Dionne Warwick and wrote many of her hits.
Warwick: "I thought it was a really silly song. Obviously Hal David had a great affinity for San Jose as I believe he was stationed there during his time in the Navy and he loved the place and he wrote a song about it. I just giggled all the way to the bank, what can I tell you?"
This won a Grammy for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
Burt Bacharach (from Record Collector magazine): "Dionne did not want to record that song. She didn't like it. But we talked her into it and she did it. Her mind changed once it was a hit (laughs). I knew it was a pretty special song and I knew it was a different kind of song, too."
The song title is a question famously put without a question mark, indicating it is more rhetorical.