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|"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"|
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" became an international million-seller in 1968
|Single by Dionne Warwick|
|from the album Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls|
|B-side||"Let Me Be Lonely"|
|Recorded||1967 at Bell Sound Studios; engineer, Ed Smith|
|Writer(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Producer||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Dionne Warwick singles chronology|
Introduced 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 and became Warwick's third consecutive Top Ten song, punctuating the most successful period of Warwick's recording career.
The song became Warwick's biggest international hit peaking at #8 in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. The tune charted in France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries as well. The flip-side of the single, "Let Me Be Lonely," also penned by Bacharach/David, charted in the Billboard Hot 100 as well and became one of many double-sided hits for Warwick.
The track, featuring Gary Chester on bass drum, was the last Dionne Warwick single to be recorded at New York City's Bell Studios. The tune was engineered by Ed Smith who devised the famous introduction to the tune by directly attaching a mike to the head of Chester's bass drum.
Burt Bacharach wrote the music for the song before Hal David wrote its lyrics, which give narrative voice to a native of the northern California city of San Jose who, having failed to break into the entertainment field in Los Angeles, is set to return to her hometown. David had a special interest in San Jose, having been stationed there while in the navy.
Dionne Warwick advised Jet in May 2002 that winning her first Grammy Award for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" – the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female – was the overall highlight of her career. Nevertheless the singer said of "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" in a May 1983 interview with Ebony: "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." The song remains one of Warwick's most popular numbers, and is included in almost every concert she performs.
|Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Dionne Warwick) CHARTINGS|
100 *** Cash Box
|#10 *** #10||#23||#4||#15||#8||#8||#8|
"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, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Starlite Orchestra, De Phazz, the Carpenters, the Ian Levine-produced group Croisette, and Stunt Monkey, a local San Jose punk band. In 2006 Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis covered the song on her album The Look of Love with The Metropole Orchestra, as a tribute to Burt Bacharach.
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.
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