This Empty Place – 1963

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This Empty Place (Bacharach & David)

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

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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

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(below) promotional copy of Reprise 0372, side B

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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”

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1965 Fortunes, album (UK) Decca ‎LK 4736

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

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Cilla Black — 1965

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

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

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Cissy Houston — from the 1970 album Presenting Cissy Houston — 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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