Dean Martin

The Door Is Still Open to My Heart

Composed by Chuck Willis

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The 1950s R&B star Chuck Willis wrote "The Door Is Still Open," which was recorded by his Atlantic Records labelmates the Cardinals for a Top Ten R&B hit in 1955, and covered for the pop market by Don Cornell, appearing on the flip side of his single, "Most of All." In 1964, Dean Martin scored a surprise number one hit with a revival of "Everybody Loves Somebody" that was given a 1950s-style rock & roll arrangement by Ernie Freeman and produced by Jimmy Bowen. Bowen cast about for a follow-up in the same style and hit upon the long-forgotten "The Door Is Still Open," which was already in the style of the earlier hit and had never become a pop success. (In the Martin release it was titled "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart.") Once again, Bowen and Freeman employed pounding drums high in the mix; dramatic, swirling strings; a piano playing triplets; and a prominent chorus dominated by female voices. As a song, it was not as substantive as "Everybody Loves Somebody," boasting only pedestrian lyrics and a less compelling chorus, but as a record it was an excellent follow-up, echoing its predecessor well enough to get into the pop Top Ten and to the top of the easy listening charts, thus consolidating the success of "Everybody Loves Somebody" and confirming Martin's comeback as a pop singer. Since Martin owned his Reprise recordings of the 1960s and '70s and neglected them, "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart," like his other hits of the period, was out of print for a long time. But after his death in 1995, his estate made a deal with Capitol Records that brought back much of the material on CD, and "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart" is once again available in Martin's rendition, which is the only one that has gained any widespread success.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1964 Hip-O 2:52
Collection [Castle] 1992 Castle Music Ltd. 2:54
All the Hits: 1948-1969 1993 Import 2:55
The Great Dean Martin, Vol. 2 [Goldies] 1995 Goldies 2:54
You'll Always Be The One I Love 1996 Golden Stars 2:55
Memories Are Made of This [Disky #2] 1997 Disky 0:00
Greatest Hits: King of Cool 1998 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol 2:55
Greatest Hits [EMI Import] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:53
The Long Lost Reprise Hits 1998 Collectors' Choice Music 2:54
The Very Best of Dean Martin: The Capitol & Reprise Years [1998] 1998 Capitol 2:54
Rat Pack [Mystic] 1999 DJ Specialist 2:55
Great Voices of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
Double Gold 2:55
All the Hits: 1964-1969 1999 DJ Specialist 2:55
The Wonderful Music of Dean Martin 1999 Wonderful Music Of 2:55
Dino: Golden Years 2000 SPV 2:56
The Very Best of Dean Martin: The Capitol & Reprise Years [2000] 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Cocktail Hour with Dean Martin 2000 Golden Stars 2:55
Everybody Loves Somebody [Prism] 2001 Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure 0:00
The Door Is Still Open to My Heart/(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You 2001 Collectors' Choice Music 2:54
Everybody Loves Somebody: The Reprise Years 1962-1966 2001 Bear Family Records 2:54
Dino: The Essential Dean Martin 2004 Capitol / EMI Records 2:53
Platinum Collection 2005 Prime Sound 2:56
Collected Cool 2012 Hip-O 2:54