This Empty Place – 1963


This Empty Place (Bacharach & David)

Dionne Warwick — first track on her debut album, Presenting Dionne Warwick, released on 10 February 1963; also issued in February 1963 on the single Scepter 1247, b/w Wishin’ and Hopin’


Janie Marden — issued on 5 March 1965 on (UK) Decca F.12101 (F 12101), as the B-side of “They Long to Be Close to You,” and in May 1965 in the US on Reprise Records 0372, with the same two sides


(below) promotional copy of Reprise 0372, side B


Ian & the Zodiacs — issued in May 1965 on (US) Philips 40291, as the B-side of “So Much in Love With You” (Ian Edwards); the recording has some peculiarities, including

  • heavy use of tone pedal guitar modulation
  • a frequently repeated sound resembling a hammer striking a rail or an anvil, à la Sam Cooke’s 1960 hit single Chain Gang
  • a strange super-rapid enunciation of the phrase “very great” which makes it sound something like “viddy greet”


1965 Fortunes, album (UK) Decca ‎LK 4736

The Fortunes — Track 4, side one, of their 1965 album The Fortunes, (UK) Decca LK 4736


Cilla Black — 1965


Nana Mouskouri — 1963 French lyric version “La Place Vide”


The Tangeers — Scepter Records single SCE-12269, b/w “(He’s) Not That Kind of Guy,” 1969

Cissy Houston — from the 1970 album Cissy Houston, Janus Records ‎JLS 3001 Also issued in the US as the B-side of “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself,” Janus J-131, and in the UK, on 20 November 1970, as the B-side of the single “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself,” Pye International 7N 25537


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