A House Is Not a Home (song)

"A House Is Not a Home" is a 1964 ballad recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick, and written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Robert Taylor. The song was a modest hit in the United States for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". Another version of the song, by Brook Benton, which was the version that appeared in the film, was released at nearly the same time. It debuted two weeks earlier on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at #75.

"A House Is Not a Home"
French EP release
Song by Dionne Warwick
from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick
A-side"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"
Recorded1964 at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Warwick's version of "A House Is Not a Home" fared better in Canada, where it was a top 40 hit, peaking at #37. The ballad made the R&B top 10 in Cashbox by both Warwick and Benton, with neither artist specified as best seller.

Despite its modest initial success, the song went on to achieve greater renown through frequent recordings by other artists, including a hit version in 1981 by Luther Vandross.


The Warwick single was performed in the key of F major.

Luther Vandross version

"A House Is Not a Home"
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Never Too Much
GenreR&B, soul
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Luther Vandross

The song was recorded by R&B/soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross on his 1981 debut album Never Too Much. The track, which was recorded at seven minutes long, was released as a single and became an R&B hit, and later one of Vandross's signature songs. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would bring Warwick to tears.

Vandross's version was sampled by Kanye West on "Slow Jamz" from his 2004 debut studio album The College Dropout.

Other versions

Instrumental versions


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