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"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
Single by Dionne Warwick
from the album Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
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 actually 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 Award, 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]

Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Dionne Warwick) CHARTINGS
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

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 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.

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. 

External links[edit]


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Huffington Post
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

The "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" songstress and 50-year music veteran told HuffPost Live why she'd prefer to forego the diva title in a Monday appearance to discuss her latest album, "Feels So Good." While Beyonce might define a diva as a "female ...
 
The Register-Guard
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:38:09 -0700

Many of Warwick's hit songs, such as 1967's “I Say a Little Prayer” and 1968's “I'll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” were written by Bacharach and David. Other familiar, top hits they wrote include 1965's “What's New, ...
 
Broadway World
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:56:15 -0700

Bacharach, as songwriter and composer, and David, as lyricist, produced some of the most enduring pop hits in modern American music, including "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "Walk on By ...
 
Yahoo Music (blog)
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:26:15 -0700

And we can't forget Gladys Knight & the Pips' immortal “Midnight Train To Georgia,” which opens with the line, “L.A. proved too much for the man.” Or Dionne Warwick's “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” which includes the line “L.A. is a great big ...
 
New Zealand Herald
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:26:15 -0700

... from her creative heyday in the sixties,when the New Jersey born diva's collaboration with the peerless songwriting duo of Bacharach and David yielded timeless gems such as "Walk On By," "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
 
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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:48:45 -0700

... from her creative heyday in the sixties,when the New Jersey born diva's collaboration with the peerless songwriting duo of Bacharach and David yielded timeless gems such as Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer and Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
 
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

One of Secretary Kerry's favorite songs is “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Current surveys reveal that only about one-third of Americans approve of President Obama's handling of the presidency. When asked why they are loyal to Obama, many of his ...
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