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Posted By: Scrump
29-Nov-06 - 07:23 AM
Thread Name: Help: Who sang 'What's it all about Alfie?'
Subject: RE: Help: Who sang 'What's it all about Alfie?'
These seem to be the facts:

The film Alfie was released in 1966. Bacharach and David wrote the eponymous theme song, which was not used in the original UK release of the film, which had an all instrumental score.

Cilla Black was the first to record the song at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London, with Burt Bacharach arranging and conducting the recording sessions. The song was issued as a Parlophone single in the UK on 25/03/66, about the time of the film's release, but was not initially in the film at all. The single was also released on Capitol in the US. Apparently Bacharach and David had been impressed with Cilla's cover of Dionne Warwick's earlier hit Anyone Who Had A Heart (Cilla's first big hit in the UK).

Cher recorded a version which was used in the US release of the film. Later UK releases of the film included Cilla Black's version.

Dionne Warwick (who was the foremost interpreter of Bacharach/David songs) recorded the song the following year, issued as a single.

Although a singer, Millicent Martin did not record the song but appeared in the film as one of Alfie's 'conquests', named 'Siddie'.

According to this, a lot of other artists have also recorded the song, including a harmonica instrumental version by Stevie Wonder, and Joss Stone who sang the song for the remake.

Now, have I missed out anything? :-)