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"Make It Easy on Yourself"
Song by Jerry Butler
Released 1962
Writer Burt Bacharach and Hal David
"Make It Easy on Yourself"
Single by The Walker Brothers
from the album Take It Easy with The Walker Brothers
B-side "But I Do"
Released 1965
Format 7"
Recorded 1965
Genre Pop
Length 3:11
Label Philips Records
Smash Records (U.S.)
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Producer Johnny Franz
The Walker Brothers singles chronology
"Love Her"
(1965)
"Make It Easy on Yourself"
(1965)
"My Ship Is Coming In"
(1965)

"Make It Easy On Yourself" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Written in 1962 and originally intended for Dionne Warwick, it was instead offered to Jerry Butler whose version went to number eighteen on the R&B singles and peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. [1]. Warwick's disappointed reaction to having the song go to Butler, was later fashioned by Bacharach and David into her first single, "Don't Make Me Over", which became Warwick's first hit single, reaching #21 on the Billboard chart.

Subsequent recordings

  • Two other hit versions of "Make It Easy On Yourself" are of note. In 1965, The Walker Brothers took their version to #1 on the UK Singles Chart for a week in September 1965. It also reached #16 in the U.S.
  • Then in 1970, Warwick - the original intended recipient of the song - covered "Make It Easy On Yourself" (in a concert version) and had a hit with it, reaching #37 in the U.S. and #24 in Canada.
  • In 2001, The Walker Brothers version of the song was sampled extensively by the Northern Irish band, Ash, on their single "Candy".
Preceded by
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones
UK number-one single (Walker Brothers version)
23 September 1965
Succeeded by
"Tears" by Ken Dodd

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 94.  
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