Wives and Lovers


Burt Bacharach 1963

Wives and Lovers

"Wives and Lovers" is a song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It has been recorded by numerous male and female vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles, most notably by Jack Jones in 1963. That recording earned the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, and peaked at number fourteen on the Hot 100 and number nine on the Easy Listening chart.

Different versions were done by: Ella Fitzgerald, Dionne Warwick, Julie London, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Vic Damone amongst others.

Nowadays, most people would find this tune a bit sexist or perhaps misogynistic because of the lyrics. For instance my wife and daughter hate this song and they told me to erase it. But you have to remember it was written in a different time, a bygone era. I am also from a bygone era and as you can see some notable female singers put out a version of it because they liked the syncopated beat with an interweaving melody. So the lyrics, well nobody in 2013 sits around at home in curlers and if so it's probably the husband!


-Brian K. Forrest
brifor@rogers.com

Wives and Lovers