Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over


Apologies if this is too similar to yesterday’s track, but it reminded me of this terrific number by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, recorded by Dionne Warwick in August 1962 and released that autumn as her debut single. It reached number 21 in the US. (Despite what it says on YouTube, this is the original record.)

The Swinging Blue Jeans did a reasonable version in 1966, though I think the added intro is a mistake. It got to No 31 in the UK.


3 Replies to “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over”

  1. A great song in both versions.

    I’ve always confused “Don’t Make Me Over” with “You Don’t Own Me” as there are similarities.

    But then I confuse “Message to Martha” with “Take A Message To Mary”.

    As I get older, I get more confused.

    Anyway, back to histrionic 1960s classics. This is one of the best:


    (Lorraine Ellison “Stay With Me”).

  2. Thanks Margaret – I must have missed that post the first time around.

    The song “Stay With Me” is very well suited to Steve Marriott, and I hadn’t heard his version before. The fretless base dates it to the 1980s!

    Other versions I know are:

    Terry Reid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuz1_nvDYI

    Walker Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2MLuhm7Uro

    Sharon Tandy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAzCRo9cXxs

    That last one is the b-side of one of my favourite singles ever, “Hold On”.

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