This was originally recorded by The Isley Brothers as "Are You Lonely?" but their version wasn't released for almost 40 years. The song was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and was apparently promised to Dionne Warwick, who was furious when Bacharach and David reneged on their word and gave it to Jerry Butler. According to David, the songwriters tried to make amends by introducing Warwick to Scepter Records' founder Florence Greenburg, who swiftly signed her to a recording contract on the strength of her demos. (Other accounts suggest Warwick was already signed but Greenburg dismissed the tune because it wasn't in line with the label's signature girl group style.)
Her debut single, "Don't Make Me Over
," was inspired by her frustration at losing "Make It Easy On Yourself."
Warwick did, however, include her demo version on her debut album, Presenting Dionne Warwick
. She also released a live rendition as a single from her 1970 album Very Dionne
. That version, featuring a slower arrangement, went to #37 on the Hot 100.