This 1964 version of the Bacharach standard actually holds up against Dionne Warwick‘s 1967 rendition. Make no mistake, that is truly an accomplishment: Dionne is probably the best female pop singer of the past 50 years. But while Dionne slightly overstates things in her version, the Dagenham-born Sandie Shaw belts the tune without reaching or straining, and it’s all the more moving because of it. You can see why Morrissey was a big fan. (By the way, she was way more attractive pushing 40 than she was as a chirpy 17-year-old. Check out those legs.)
But, when the smoke clears, the Naked Eyes version will be the one that everyone remembers – and rightfully so.