I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Dionne Warwick)


Dionne Warwick's version of the Bacharach/David song 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' was climbing the US charts this week, on its way to an eventual peak position of #26 in November. This was a reasonable success because even though Dionne is remembered today for several classic recordings, the majority of her 1960s released did not break the Top 30.

The song was actually recorded first by Tommy Hunt in 1962, but failed to chart. Dusty Springfield brought it to life in 1964 with an epic rendering that went to #3 in the UK but did not chart in the US (despite her recently having had a #4 there with 'Wishin' and Hopin''). That left the door open for another US-market cover version, which arrived in 1966 from Bacharach and David's favourite singer Dionne Warwick. This recording was much in the same vein as Dusty's, with the epicness toned down just a little bit. As good as this record is, unfortunately it didn't do enough differently as a cover to make it particularly memorable.

B-side: 'In Between the Heartaches'
Recorded: August 1966
Released: September 1966
Highest chart position: #26 (US)
Length: 2:50
Label: Scepter
Writers: Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Producers: Burt Bacharach and Hal David

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Dionne Warwick)