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"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
Single by Dionne Warwick
from the album Anyone Who Had a Heart
B-side "The Love of a Boy"
Released 1963, 1964 internationally
Format 7" single
Recorded 1963, at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer
Length 3:09
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Dionne Warwick singles chronology
"Make the Music Play"
"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
"Walk on By"

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics) which in 1964 was a Top Ten hit for its original singer Dionne Warwick and also a UK #1 hit for Cilla Black.


Original recording

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" was presented to Dionne Warwick in unfinished form while she, Burt Bacharach and Hal David were rehearsing in Bacharach's Manhattan apartment for an upcoming recording session. Bacharach had finished the score which in his words "changes time signature constantly, 4/4 to 5/4, and 7/8 bar at the end of the song on the turnaround. It wasn't intentional, it was all just natural. That's the way I felt it." However David had written only about a third of the lyric and was reluctant to finalize the sixth line of the first stanza as "And know I dream of you" feeling the stress was unnatural (as opposed to "And know I dream of you"). Bacharach played a snippet of the tune for Warwick who was enraptured and at her urging David left Warwick to rehearse with Bacharach in the living room while he (David) retired to a bedroom where he completed the lyric. Of the unnatural stress in "I dream of you", David later stated: "I tried to find a way to make the of do something and I could never do it...[I] had to let it go."

Warwick recorded "Anyone Who Had a Heart" at Bell Sound Studios in Manhattan in November 1963, in a session produced by Bacharach which also yielded "Walk on By" and "In the Land of Make Believe". According to published reports, Warwick nailed the tune in only one take – though an alternate remix of the take appears on a compilation album released in 1976 by Springboard International.

Released on the Scepter label in November 1963, "Anyone Who Had a Heart" broke in Detroit where it reached #1 that December. The track became Warwick's first Top Ten single in January 1964 peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and the Cash Box Pop 100 that February, also reaching #6 on the Cash Box R&B chart.

In the UK

"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
Single by Cilla Black
B-side Just For You
Released 1964
Format 7" single
Genre traditional pop
Length 2:50
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer George Martin
Cilla Black singles chronology
"Love of the Loved"
"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
"You're My World"

A scout for UK record producer George Martin discovered "Anyone Who Had a Heart" when Warwick's version took off in the US, suggesting to Martin that the song would be a strong UK single for Shirley Bassey. However Martin saw the song as a vehicle for Cilla Black the Liverpool vocalist whose obvious star potential had yet to be realized despite her association with the Beatles, her recording of the Lennon-McCartney original "Love of the Loved" having been only a modest hit (#35). Martin produced the session for Black's recording of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" at Abbey Road Studios; the arrangement was by Johnny Pearson and the session personnel included guitarists Vic Flick and Big Jim Sullivan and the Breakaways vocal group.[1]

Black's single of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" debuted at #28 on the UK Top 50 dated 8 February 1964. The Dionne Warwick original, issued by Scepter's UK licensee Pye Records debuted on the chart for the following week at #42; by then Black's version had reached #10 ascending in the subsequent two weeks to #2 and then #1 while Warwick's version concurrently ended its chart run with two weeks at #47. On the chart dated 29 February 1964, besides Black's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" at #1 for the first of three weeks and Warwick's version in its final chart week at #47 the UK Top 50 featured a third version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" as the version by Mary May1 made its one week appearance at #49.

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" was also a #1 hit for Cilla Black in Ireland.

The besting of Warwick's version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in the UK by Black's version has long been a sore point with Warwick. In a 1995 edition of Great Performances which saluted Burt Bacharach, Warwick stated that Black's version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" replicated Warwick's to the point where had Warwick coughed while recording her vocal for the original track or had that track's organist hit a wrong note these features would have been present on Black's cover. In fact - whether intentionally - Black's version features distinctly different lyrics on the chorus than those recorded by Warwick or are standard for the song. Also, arranger Johnny Pearson utilized a bassoon solo for the instrumental break in Black's version as opposed to the saxophone utilized in the Warwick original.

Cilla Black, interviewed for that Great Performances telecast, expressed her awareness of Warwick's disenchantment: "It [Black's rendition of "Anyone Who Had a Heart"] was a #1; Dionne was dead choked and she's never forgiven me to this day."

Black recorded a new version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" for her 1993 Through the Years album.

  • 1"Anyone Who Had a Heart" backed with "They Say It's Wonderful" was the third and final Fontana release by Mary May following and "Listen, All You Lovers" in April 1962 "Our Day Will Come" in February of 1963. Nothing else is known of her.[2]
Preceded by
"Diane" by The Bachelors
UK number one single
"Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Cilla Black

February 27, 1964 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Little Children" by Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas

International hit

Petula Clark was on the roster of Pye Records, Warwick's UK label, and therefore in a position to almost immediately cover "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in several foreign language versions for the international market. Clark reached #7 in France with "Ceux Qui Ont Un Coeur" in the spring of 1964 then #5 in Italy with "Quelli che hanno un cuore"1 that September; in October 1964 Clark reached #1 in Spain - for a two week period - with "Tú no tienes corazón".

Despite the success in France of Petula Clark's "Ceux Qui Ont Un Coeur", the Dionne Warwick original did rank on the French charts if only at #57. In Germany, Clark's specialized cover: "Alles ist nun vorbei", was assigned a tandem chart ranking with the renditions of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" by both Dionne Warwick and Cilla Black with a peak achieved of #37 in May 1964, marking Warwick's sole German chart entry until 1982 and Black's sole German charting ever.

The orchestra on Petula Clark's versions of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was conducted by Tony Hatch. The instrumentation of Clark differs from that of the versions by Dionne Warwick and Cilla Black in utilizing an organ for the solo on the instrumental break rather than a saxophone as on the Warwick original or a bassoon as on Black's cover.

Petula Clark has never recorded "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in English feeling that both Dionne Warwick and Cilla Black have definitively rendered the song in its original language.

Dionne Warwick did have the hit of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in Australia at #11, while Cilla Black's version reached #1 in New Zealand.

  • 1On 14 December 1968 Mina performed a version of "Quelli che hanno un cuore" to an unprecedented Italian viewing audience of twenty million watching an episode of the Canzonissima series, orchestrated by Bruno Canfora for an ensemble of 400 musicianson 14 December 1968.[2][3]

Other versions

Shirley Bassey, the vocalist for whom "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was brought to the UK, did record the song but not until 1978 when she recorded her The Magic is You album with veteran producer Nick DeCaro. DeCaro had previously produced a version by Vikki Carr included on the 1968 album The Way of Today!.

Dusty Springfield, who was a devotee of Dionne Warwick's records, cut a version of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" which may predate Cilla Black's: Springfield cut her version at Olympic Studios on 21 January 1964. Johnny Franz, the head of Springfield's label Philips Records, is the accredited producer; its generally asserted that Springfield herself produced her mid-60s recordings. The Breakaways - who sang on Cilla Black's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" - also sing on Springfield's version.[3] Shelby Lynne remade "Anyone Who Had a Heart" for her 2008 tribute to Dusty Springfield: Just a Little Lovin'.

The 1982 B.E.F. album Music of Quality and Distinction, Vol. 1 featured a rendition of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Sandie Shaw marking a return to recording by the '60s hitmaker although that particular track would not be her comeback vehicle failing to chart despite its single release (credited to B.E.F. Presents Sandie Shaw).

Atomic Kitten reunited to remake "Anyone Who Had a Heart" for the 2008 album Liverpool - The Number Ones Album, to which the group member Natasha Hamilton (with Kush) contributed a remake of Cilla Black's subsequent single and #1 "You're My World". Issued as a digital single release, "Anyone Who Had a Heart" spent one week on the UK charts at #77, the only UK charting of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" since the Cilla Black version.

In the US, the Dionne Warwick original remains the only rendition of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" to chart. In 1968 the Lettermen had a single release of the song as the B-side of their "bubbling under" hit "All the Grey Haired Men" (#109). Peter Rivera of Rare Earth sang lead on a 1975 remake of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" fronting HUB. In 2008 the Shelby Lynne rendition from Just a Little Lovin' was issued as a digital single release.

Wynonna Judd performed "Anyone Who Had a Heart" on the TNT special One Amazing Night broadcast in 1998; her rendition is included on the soundtrack album. Judd also performed the song with Dionne Warwick on the latter's 2006 duet-based album My Friends and Me.

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" has also been recorded by Michael Ball, Bec & Beth, Björk with the Brodsky Quartet, Tim Curry, Barbara Dickson, The Four Seasons, Jan Graveson, Vicky Leandros, Diane Marino, Maureen McGovern, Anita Meyer, Olivia Newton-John, Maxine Nightingale, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Linda Ronstadt, Bic Runga and Luther Vandross.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 668. 
  2. ^ Zum zum zum Galleria della canzone site. Retrieved 27 June 2007
  3. ^ Puntata 12 del 14 dicembre 1968 (Episode 12 on 14 December 1968.

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