Dionne Warwick – “(Theme Song From) Valley of the Dolls”

“Valley of the Dolls” aired in 1967, and had to be the inspiration behind the  television show “Sex  and the City.” Back in the 60s, the tv show was a little raunchy for most audience members.  With the success of the 1967 television show, years later it would be reintroduced to audiences. June 13 until September 9, 1994, the show ran for 65 episodes with a running time of around 30 minutes per episode.

“(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls” is a 1967 song by André and Dory Previn, composed for the film version of the Jacqueline Susann novel Valley of the Dolls, and recorded by Dionne Warwick.

Actress Barbara Parkins, who starred in the motion picture, suggested that Warwick be considered to sing the film’s theme song. The song was to be given to Judy Garland, who had been fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, her single of the film theme became a million-seller, peaking at #2 for four weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (kept out of the first position by “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding) and #1 on 4 March 1968 on WLS. It also reached #2 on the Easy Listening charts in early 1968, #2 on the Cash Box Top 100, and #1 on the Record World chart. The song was the B-side of another million-selling tune composed for Warwick by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “I Say a Little Prayer,” which had hit #4 on Hot 100 on 9 December 1967. The single would become one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era.

Warwick re-recorded a Pat Williams-arranged and Burt Bacharach-produced version of the theme at A&R Studios in New York because contractual restrictions from her home label, Scepter Records, would not allow her version from the film to be included in the 20th Century-Fox soundtrack album. The re-recorded version became a million-seller. The RIAA-certified Gold Scepter LP that contained the hit version of the song, Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top 10 Albums chart and would remain on the chart for over a year.

In the UK “(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls” had a February 1968 release with “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” as the B-side, peaking at UK #28.

 

Song Lyrics –

Gotta get off, gonna get

Have to get off from this ride

Gotta get hold, gonna get

Need to get hold of my pride

 

When did I get, where did I

How was I caught in this game

When will I know, where will I

How will I think of my name

 

When did I stop feeling sure, feeling safe

And start wondering why wondering why

Is this a dream, am I here, where are you

What’s in back of the sky, why do we cry

 

Gotta get off, gonna get

Out of this merry-go-round

Gotta get off, gonna get

Need to get on where I’m bound

 

When did I get, where did I

Why am I lost as a lamb

When will I know, where will I

How will I learn who I am

 

Is this a dream, am I here, where are you

Tell me, when will I know, how will I know

When will I know why?

Written by: André and Dory Previn,

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