I'll Never Fall in Love Again

Album: I'll Never Fall in Love Again (1968)
Charted: 6
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Songfacts®:

  • Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this for the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, Neil Simon's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's screenplay The Apartment. Bacharach and David had added this song to the musical at the last minute at a time when Burt had the flu, which explains Hal David's little joke of rhyming "Pneumonia" with "Phone ya."
  • Though she did not appear in Promises, Promises, Warwick recorded the five songs for the musical and included three of them on her 1968 album Promises, Promises. This was not included on an album until Warwick's 1970 release I'll Never Fall In Love Again. >>
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  • Because there was no time to write a full musical arrangement, the song was performed to a solitary guitar accompaniment, which was unusual for a Bacharach composition.
  • In the UK Bobby Gentry had the hit version, her cover topped the UK charts for a week in October 1969.
  • Burt Bacharach has said that he wrote this song faster than any other, since he was working on deadline. "Given the opportunity, I'll play with a song or an orchestration for as long as I can," he said.
  • Speaking with Record Collector magazine, Burt Bacharach said: "I had just gotten out of the hospital. I'd been on the road and gotten pneumonia. We were on the road with Promises, Promises and we'd try to get this song written and into the show the next night or two nights later. That's where Hal's line came from, 'what do you do when you kiss a girl, you get another germs to catch an ammonia, after you do she'll never phone ya.' So having been in the hospital for five days with pneumonia, I got out and struggled to write that song feeling not too great. You should take a rest after that and not go back into the Broadway show environment out on the road!"
  • This won the 1970 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance.
  • The Carpenters covered this song in 1970 on their second album, Close to You.

Comments: 6

  • Rabbi Meyer from Central WisconsinDeacon Blue covered this song on a four song EP of Bacharach covers - became their highest charting UK hit. I just found it on Amazon Music and it's great.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 21st 1971, Anne Murray performed "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" on the CBS-TV program 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour'...
    She never released the song as a single; but the song was track four of side two on her 'Anne Murray Collection' album...
    Eight years later on January 21st, 1979 her "I Just Fall in Love Again' entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #57; ten weeks later on April 1st, 1979 it would peak #12 {for 2 weeks} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    In her native Canada it would reach #1 on the Pop chart, Country chart, & Adult Contemporary chart, while in the U.S.A. it peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Ms. Murray, born Morna Anne Murray, will celebrate her 70th birthday in three months on June 20th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 1st 1970, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Dionne Warwick peaked at #6 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 21st, 1969 and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the very same day it peaked at #6 on the Top 100 it peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    It reached #17 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Co-composer of the song, Burt Bacharach, released his own version in June of 1969; it stayed on the Top 100 for 2 weeks, peaking at #92...
    Ms. Warwick celebrated her 73rd birthday two months ago on December 12th (2013) and Mr. Bacharach will turn 86 years old come May 12th (2014).
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlActually, there was more than just guitar on it, at the end, there was flute accompaniment.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhDionne Warwick's voice is flawless when she sing this song. A classic.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdThe show starred the late Jerry Orbach of Law and Order fame. He was a good singer and joined Jill O'Hara who played his girlfriend in the show in singing it.
    Warwick also recorded the title song during tryouts. I'm not sure who the song was originally intended for but Jerry Orbach's character (the nerd played by Jack Lemmon in the film who gives his boss his apartment key only to find out it is the washroom one!) ended up singing it as his 11:00 number.
    The other two songs recorded by Warwick were Jill O'Hara's two solos.
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