Tuesday, April 5, 2011
HEARTBREAKER ~ DIONNE WARWICK
"Heartbreaker" is a 1982 single released by American pop and soul singer Dionne Warwick. The song was written by The Bee Gees' Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, with Barry Gibb's distinctive backing vocal being heard on the chorus. The unique brothers' sound can also be recognized in the syncopated rhythm of drums programming, the bright strings unisons and the powerful synthesizer brass sections. The song was a hit around the world. It peaked at number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1983, and was a number-one adult contemporary hit. In the UK, the track reached number two for two weeks in November 1982. Warwick admitted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt that she was not fond of "Heartbreaker" (regarding the song's international popularity, she quipped, "I cried all the way to the bank"), but recorded it because she trusted the Bee Gees' judgment that it would be a hit. It turned out to be Warwick's most successful solo hit of the 1980s. The Bee Gees recorded a version, with Barry Gibb on lead vocals, which was featured on the album, Their Greatest Hits: The Record, as well as their Love Songs album. In 2004, J-pop singer Junichi Inagaki released a Japanese-language cover version of "Heartbreaker" on his album Revival II. In 2005, the German reggae-pop band Blue Lagoon included a cover version of "Heartbreaker" on their album Clublagoon.