1964 Dionne Warwick – Reach Out For Me
After recording countless demos, Dionne Warwick had finally gotten her first charting record with a single released in December 1962 (details can be found in Lost or Forgotten Oldies Volume 3.
After two records stalled at #81 and #84 in 1963, Dionne started 1964 with a pair of top ten singles: Anyone Who Had a Heart and Walk On By. Each song featured music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. They also wrote You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart), but that single stalled at #34 (the Stylistics would later have a bigger hit with their cover of the song as reported in my blog).
Dionne’s last release that year became Reach Out For Me. The single peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 but topped the R&B chart.
After that single, the British Invasion seemed to take a toll on her career. Her next four singles in 1965 all failed to reach the top forty and her fifth single, Are You There (With Another Girl), only reached #39.
It would be 1966 before the British Invasion slowed down and Dionne again reached the top ten on the Hot 100.
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