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(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" is a song written in the 1960s by songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Dionne Warwick recorded the original demonstration recording of the tune in 1963. Originally a minor hit for American singer Lou Johnson (#49 on the Billboard Hot 100), it was then discovered by British pop manager Eve Taylor on a visit to the U.S. while looking for songs for her new recruit Sandie Shaw. Shaw's version became her breakthrough hit in her home country in 1964 - staying at #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks, later reaching #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S.

The song was recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1967 with a new Burt Bacharach arrangement and was the B-side of a top 40 double-sided hit record (A-side "Who Is Gonna Love Me") and has been recorded by several other artists, including R.B. Greaves, who had a top forty hit in the United States with his version in 1970. It was also the first hit for the British group Naked Eyes, who took the song into the American Top 10 in 1983, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Naked Eyes' version, which curiously failed to make the top 40 in the UK, remains a staple on Adult Contemporary radio stations. Sandie Shaw re-recorded the song in 1985 for the soundtrack of the movie Letter to Brezhnev.

Other artists who have covered this song include Ted Neeley, Lou Christie, José Feliciano, Wayne Fontana, The Four Seasons, The Hippos, Jay and the Americans, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Brenda Lee, Martha and the Vandellas, Barbara Mason, La Lupe, Johnny Mathis,Don Williams Butch Walker Solo, formerly of Marvelous 3, Blue Swede, Braid, Viola Wills, Espiritu and All Saints in 1998. A few versions of this song have the word "(There's)" dropped from the title. The Carpenters also performed this song as part of a Bacharach/David medley. The Xena: Warrior Princess musical episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire" also featured a thrash metal cover of the song, sung by Jay Laga'aia.

The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. Also as downloadable content for Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.

Foreign language versions

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" was also a popular hit in foreign languages. Foreign languages include:

  • German: "Einmal glücklich sein wie die ander'n" by Sandie Shaw
  • French: "Toujours un coin qui me rappelle" by Eddy Mitchell
  • Swedish: "Alltid nåd som få mig at minnas" by Lill Lindfors

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