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In this song, a guy loses his girlfriend and is determined to replace her by finding another girl from his little red book of phone numbers. He knows, however, that he will never find another like her.
Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this for the movie What's New, Pussycat? in 1966. The film version of the song was performed by Manfred Mann.
Burt Bacharach reportedly hated Love's version of the song because it was not performed in the proper rhythm and time signature. However, it was a popular song during the Summer of Love (1967), and is considered a psychedelic Pop classic. (thanks, Mary - Rodeo, CA, for above 2)
Burt Bacharach (from Record Collector magazine): "Love had a hit with it. Wrong changes and all, and I never loved that. There were a couple of chords that were wrong and it would have been better with the right chords. It's called people reading music, people reading a lead sheet then you know what the right chord is (laughs). But I liked their energy on the song and I liked that it was a hit."
This was also recorded by Manfred Mann in 1965, reaching #124 in the US. In the same Record Collector interview, Bacharach commented on their interpretation: "Manfred Mann had the right changes but it was a bad record. I made the record with them. It's just a very nervous sounding record. They were uncomfortable with that song. Manfred had a tough time playing it. It took forever to make that record. But different language, different harmonic language."
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