One Less Bell to Answer


One Less Bell to Answer (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Hal David)

from Wikipedia:

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.[1] 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:


(below) performance on unidentified television show, c. 1970


Soul Train performance (lip sync), Season 3, Episode 20 — air date: 26 January 1974 (HQ)


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” —  side one, track 5 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)

artist links:


Kristin Chenoweth & Matthew Morrison — medley with “A House Is Not a Home,” from the TV series Glee, 2010


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