Aretha's version of the song is more natural. It’s better than the record we made with Dionne Warwick.'' - Burt Bacharach (songwriter)
''I advised Aretha not to record it. First, to cover a song only twelve weeks after the original reached the top of the charts was not smart business. You revisit such a hit eight months to a year later. But more than that, Bacharach’s melody, though lovely, was peculiarly suited to a lithe instrument like Dionne Warwick’s- a light voice without the dark corners or emotional depths that define Aretha. Also, Hal David’s lyric was also somewhat girlish and lacked the gravitas that Aretha required. But then Aretha blew the fuckin’ doors off the song… She redefined it, restructuring the sound and turning what had been delightful fluff into something serious, obsessive, and haunting.'' - Jerry Wexler (producer)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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