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"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
"Do You Know the Way to San San Jose" became an international best-seller in 1968
Single by Dionne Warwick
from the album Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
A-side "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
B-side "Let Me Be Lonesome"
Released April 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded 1967 at Bell Sound Studios; engineer, Ed Smith
Genre Soul, pop
Length 2:58
Label Scepter SCE-12216
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Dionne Warwick singles chronology
"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls"
(1968) #2
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
(1968) #10
"Who Is Gonna Love Me"
(1968) #33

"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" is a 1968 popular song written for singer Dionne Warwick by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics). The song was Warwick's biggest international hit, selling over a million copies and winning Warwick her first Grammy Award. It tells the story of a native of San Jose who, having failed to break into the entertainment field in Los Angeles, is set to return to her hometown.

The song was released on the 1968 RIAA Certified Gold album Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls. "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" was issued as the follow-up single to the double-sided hit "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls"/ "I Say a Little Prayer" in April 1968. It became Warwick's third consecutive Top Ten song, punctuating the most successful period of Warwick's recording career.

The song peaked at #8 in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. It also charted in France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries. The flip-side of the single, "Let Me Be Lonesome," also penned by Bacharach/David, charted in the Billboard Hot 100 as well and became one of many double-sided hits for Warwick.

Production[edit]

Burt Bacharach wrote the music for the song before Hal David wrote its lyrics. David had a special interest in San Jose, having been stationed there while in the Navy.[1]

The track was the last Dionne Warwick single to be recorded at New York City's Bell Studios. It features a prominent use of bass drum, played by session musician Gary Chester. The engineer was Ed Smith, who devised the famous introduction to the tune by directly attaching a mike to the head of Chester's bass drum.

Dionne Warwick did not like "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and had to be convinced to record it. In a May 1983 interview with Ebony, she said: "It's a dumb song and I didn't want to sing it. But it was a hit, just like [her recent Top Ten hit] 'Heartbreaker' is. I'm happy these songs were successful, but that still doesn't change my opinion about them." [2] The song remains one of Warwick's most popular numbers and is included in almost every concert she performs.

Awards[edit]

Warwick won her first Grammy, the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose". She told Jet in May 2002 that winning this award was the overall highlight of her career.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts
Billboard Hot
100
*** Cash Box
Top 100
Billboard
R&B
Billboard
Easy
Listening
AUSTRALIA CANADA IRELAND UK
#10 *** #10 #23 #4 #15 #8 #8 #8
End of year chart (1968) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [3] 88

Covers[edit]

"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" has also been recorded by Connie Francis, Rita Reys, The George Shearing Quintet, The Avalanches, The Baja Marimba Band, The Temptations and The Supremes together, Neil Diamond, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Nancy Sinatra, The Starlite Orchestra, De-Phazz, Bossa Rio (1970) and the Carpenters, among others.

Non-English renderings of the song include "Le chemin pour San José" by Ginette Reno – #8 Québécois hit for the year 1968 – ,"Snart Så Stiger Solen Upp Igen" by Siw Malmkvist and "La route du bonheur" by Liliane Saint-Pierre.

Dionne Warwick re-recorded the song as a salsa-flavored collaboration with Celia Cruz and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra for her 1998 album Dionne Sings Dionne.

The song has been recorded on various Burt Bacharach tribute albums, including by Medeski Martin & Wood on Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach (1997), by both Yazz and Dionne Warwick (separately) on Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David (2002), by Trijntje Oosterhuis on The Look of Love (2006), and by Kahimi Karie on All Kinds of People ~Love Burt Bacharach~ (2010).

In 1977, Maureen McCormick, Geri Reischl & Susan Olsen performed the song during a medley on an episode of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

In other media[edit]

  • The song opens and closes the pilot episode of Helix, in each case playing over tense scenes featuring Peter Farragut. The song appears again in the opener of Helix Season 2 when Julia arrives to the island

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach, song by song: the ultimate Burt Bacharach reference for fans. New York City: Schirmer Trade Books. p. 190. ISBN 0-8256-7280-5. 
  2. ^ Hunt, Dennis (May 1983). "Dionne Wardwick Speaks Out for Strong Black Women". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company): 100. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1968/Top 100 Songs of 1968". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

External links[edit]


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Sacramento Bee (blog)

Sacramento Bee (blog)
Sat, 23 May 2015 16:03:45 -0700

Do you know the way to San Jose? A's executives sure did, following Dionne Warwick to downtown's new 35,000-seat ballpark adjacent to the SAP Center and Diridon Station. The A's were relatively successful in their final seasons in Oakland, despite the ...

Advocate.com

Advocate.com
Fri, 22 May 2015 03:04:00 -0700

... 1960s, she made pop magic singing the sophisticated tunes of the legendary songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David, scoring a dazzling string of hits with songs such as "I Say a Little Prayer," "Walk on By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose.

The Cigar Authority

The Cigar Authority
Mon, 18 May 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Instead of asking, do you know the way to San Jose, smokers should be asking do you know the way out of San Jose. Santa Clara County which includes San Jose is looking to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. This is on top of ...

CBC.ca

CBC.ca
Mon, 04 May 2015 03:30:00 -0700

My Way, Do You Know the Way to San Jose. Don Draper would have been right at home. As corny as that stuff seemed at the time, many of those records somehow made it into my music collection. My first records were K-Tel records. My first was Fantastic.

Exclaim!

Exclaim!
Wed, 20 May 2015 05:16:14 -0700

Consisting of Bacharach classics like "Close to You," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," all the arrangements are given gorgeous, pop-minded O'Rourkian makeovers, with the record enlisting a cast of different ...
 
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:14:58 -0700

Once upon a time, the best reason to stop in San Jose was to visit the Winchester Mystery House (525 S. Winchester Blvd.; [408] 247-2101, winchestermysteryhouse.com). Although that's still a good excuse to get off Interstate 880, San Jose is no longer ...

i24news

i24news
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Warwick is best known for popularizing the Burt Bacharach-Hal David songbook, creating huge hits in the late 1960s with songs like "Walk On By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "I'll Say a Little Prayer." In 2013, Warwick made headlines when she ...
 
Bloomberg
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:11:15 -0700

The city, celebrated in the 1968 Dionne Warwick hit “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” is a former agricultural center that produced grapes, apricots and prunes. In the mid-20th century, the technology industry supplanted the orchards after ...
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