Dionne Warwick

You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)

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The follow-up to "Walk On By," 1964's "You'll Never Get Too Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" wasn't nearly as big a hit, only making it to #34 on the Billboard charts. (As Brian Wilson would soon find out with "God Only Knows," a lot of radio stations were still skittish about quasi-religious topics, limiting airplay somewhat.) However, it's both an interesting curio for its time and place and a fine song in its own right. The song is clearly Burt Bacharach and Hal David's response to the then-current bossa nova craze; the resemblance to the recent Astrud Gilberto hit "The Girl From Ipanema" is striking, although admirably short of outright plagiarism. Bacharach's arrangement is a masterful blend of Latin percussion and easy listening strings, and Warwick sails through the tricky internal rhymes of David's lyrics with grace and ease. For an oddball-exotica treat, find the Dionne Warwick In Paris album from 1966, on which she sings the song in entirely passable French to an even more percussion-heavy arrangement.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Make Way for Dionne Warwick 1964 Collectors' Choice Music 3:09
No Image 1976 Pickwick
At Her Very Best 1989 Pair 3:08
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino 3:10
Anthology (1962-1969) 1991 Rhino 3:08
Her Greatest Hits 1992 Special Music Company / Pair 3:08
Make Way For/The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick 1996 Sequel 3:09
Walk on By: 20 Greatest Hits 1997 Ape House Ltd. / Audiophile Legends 3:09
Classic Song Book 1998 Crimson Productions 3:03
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Everlasting Love [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Love Songs [Rhino] 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 3:11
I Say a Little Prayer: The Bacharach & David Songbook 2001 Empire Music Group Inc. 0:00
Heartbreaker: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2002 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA International 0:00
I Say a Little Prayer and Other Hits 2003 Rhino Flashback 3:10
Essential: 40th Anniversary Tour Edition 2004 Warner Music 3:06
Walk on By: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2006 Rhino 3:07
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:11
3/60: Love 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:09
Essential Dionne Warwick 2011 Music Club Deluxe 3:09
Presenting Dionne Warwick/Anyone Who Had a Heart/Make Way for Dionne Warwick/The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick 2014 Edsel 3:10
No Image Charly Records