One Less Bell to Answer
One Less Bell to Answer (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Hal David)
Originally written in 1967 for Keely Smith, the song was rediscovered in late 1969 by Bones Howe, the producer for The 5th Dimension, and the song was included on the group’s 1970 debut album for Bell Records, Portrait. Lead vocals on the single were sung by Marilyn McCoo. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 4 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart in 1970. It also went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that same year.
Also, according to Wikipedia, Rosemary Clooney had an Easy Listening chart hit in 1968 with a recording of the song.
The 5th Dimension
Track #2 from their fifth album, Portrait, released April 1970. Issued in October 1970, the single (Bell 940) b/w Feelin’ Alright? (Dave Mason), became a #2 Hot 100 hit.
5th Dimension members:
Soul Train performance (lip sync), Season 3, Episode 20 — air date: 26 January 1974
Burt Bacharach, featuring lead vocal by Cissy Houston — last track on side two of the 1971 LP Burt Bacharach
Vikki Carr — from her 1971 album Vikki Carr’s Love Story
Barbra Streisand — “Medley: One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home” — track 5, side one, of her LP Barbra Joan Streisand, recorded June 1971, released August 1971
Burt Bacharach and Sheryl Crow — from the 1998 live Bacharach tribute show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, One Amazing Night
Vanessa Williams — from the album Everlasting Love, released in 2005
Cole Hankins — track #5 from his 2011 album CLH (Onion Jack Records)
- Cole Louis Hankins website (ColeHankinsMusic.WordPress.com)
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- Cole Louis Hankins Facebook page
Kristin Chenoweth & Matthew Morrison — medley with “A House Is Not a Home,” from the TV series Glee, 2010