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Album: DionneReleased: 1979Charted:
Will Jennings wrote this with Richard Kerr, who first recorded the song on his album Welcome To The Club
. Jennings is a lyricist who has worked with Steve Winwood, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton and many others. Kerr is a pianist who wrote the music for Barry Manilow's first hit "Mandy
" and teamed up with Jennings to write Manilow's songs "Looks Like We Made It" and "Somewhere In The Night." Jennings told us: "Sometime, sooner or later, you reach a height that you never reached and you never will reach again - and this is the story."
Explaining what fuels his songwriting, Jennings says, "You have to sit down and write sometime, but it all comes out of life and experience, like any other kind of writing. I travel, look into things. Go out and listen to music. Go to plays. Go to places I haven't been and places I like to re-visit. Have a good time, drink wine, eat good food, stay up late, dance." (Check out our interview with Will Jennings
Before this was a hit for Dionne Warwick, the Charlie's Angels actress Cheryl Ladd recorded it on her 1978 self-titled album. Her version didn't chart, and the next artist to record the song was the country singer Billie Jo Spears. Warwick was the next to record the song, and her version became the hit.
This won the 1979 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Warwick also won that year for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Déjà Vu