Friday, March 25, 2011
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE ~ DIONNE WARWICK
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" is a popular song written for Dionne Warwick by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics). 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. "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" has also been recorded by Connie Francis, 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. Warwick herself recorded a new salsa version of the song in 1998 along with Celia Cruz and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra for her album Dionne Sings Dionne. The song remains one of Warwick's most popular numbers, and is included in almost every concert she performs.