I Say a Little Prayer (3:09)

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From The Bacharach & David Songbook and 74 other releases

“I Say a Little Prayer” is a song written by songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1967. It is often named in error as “I Say a Little Prayer for You”.

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The song was Warwick’s second single from her Scepter Records album The Windows Of The World, following the LP’s title track. The tune reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1967 and was a certified million seller by the RIAA. The single later appeared on the LP Dionne Warwick’s Golden Hits, Part Two and is considered one of Warwick’s signature songs. The flip or “B-side” of the single (Theme from) Valley of the Dolls was also a million seller and rode the #2 position for 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in February 1968. “I Say a Little Prayer” and its B-side, “(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls”, became one of the most successful double sided hits of the Rock era.

Like several Bacharach compositions, “I Say a Little Prayer” contains passages written in unusual time signatures. The verses are in 10/4 time (using successive measures of 4/4 + 2/4 + 4/4), and the chorus in 11/4 (using 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4).

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Many famous singers have performed or recorded this song, including most notably Aretha Franklin, who recorded it in 1968 as part of her album Aretha Now. Franklin’s version was the B side of her 1968 hit single The House That Jack Built (2 R&B/6 Pop). DJs like her version so well that they flipped the single and started playing her version, which was released only 9 months after Warwick’s version.

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