Does your future look a bit hazy from the perspective of a Monday morning? Well, The Nest foresees great fortune for your ears! This is the day we polish the crytal ball and deal out the tarot cards to divine another great song that got lost among the stars out of that giant fortune teller booth we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy can’t read your palm, but she sure knows how to make sense out of the grooves on a record… while the Sponkies play catch with their Magic 8-ball. Here’s one prediction you can take to the bank…
A few weeks ago, Melanie featured legendary 60’s diva Dionne Warwick in her Sunday music post, and it reminded me I have a song I really love from much later in her career that’s been sitting in DVA purgatory for many years. That song is from 1982 and made it to #10 on the US Hot 100 chart, “Heartbreaker.”
You’ll probably never guess who wrote the song after listening to it just once….
Yes, “Heartbreaker” was written by the Brothers Gibb especially for Dionne to record. And in what can only be considered amusing irony, the Bee Gees soon began to regret their decision to let Dionne make the song a hit, with Maurice Gibb in particular wishing they had kept it for themselves to revive their post-disco pariah status. Meanwhile, for Dionne Warwick….. well, she didn’t particularly care for it at all. As the Wiki article for the song says, she “cried all the way to the bank” after recording it.
Eh, Dionne may not like the song, along with oldies radio which has forgotten it even exists…. but we at The Nest love us a little “Heartbreaker.”
We don’t know the way to San Jose, but we can tell you where to find another classic lost earworm next Monday….