This was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, who released it as the B-side of her 1963 single "This Empty Place." Springfield recorded it later in 1963, and it became her first American Top-10. Bacharach commented to Record Collector magazine: "I remember talking Dusty into putting the record out. Dusty was always very insecure, about what to release, about her voice. What a great singer. Powerful. She was a great girl. 'Wishing And Hopin'' was great and it was a big hit."
This song is a bit subservient, as the singer is trying very hard to please her man. Responding to criticism that the song was sexist, Springfield said that she never saw the song in those terms and was amazed that anyone would think that way.
In the UK this was a #13 hit for The Merseybeats in 1964.
A cover by Ani DiFranco was played over the opening credits of the 1997 Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding.
Camille from Toronto, OhI also like Dionne Warwick's version of the song.
Camille from Toronto, OhDusty Springfield's voice is fabulous. She epitomizes the feminine sound of the 60s.
Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiMSD-Michigan School FOr The Deaf did a wonderful job with this song.Whenever I hear this song,I have the urge to try and sign it,I can sign.Not expertly.
Pearl from Mayer, AzThis song is also featured in the movie Tin Men.
Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaOne of the best records I've ever heard...for a composer(Burt) that doesn't like "vanilla chords" (c, f and g, etc)..he created along with Hal David the foundation for a great record along with Dusty's great voice! Who was the arranger? Ivor Raymonde or Johnny Franz? a greatjob. Steveo
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.