♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫

As I was rolling cigarettes tonight, a name came to me:  Dionne Warwick.  A sometimes-overlooked talent, a beautiful lady with a beautiful voice.  So, I decided tonight would be a song from Dionne Warwick, and after I finished rolling smokes, finished my Jolly Monday post, and folded a load of laundry, I sat down to decide which song it would be.  I picked this one to listen to first, and at the 0:33 point, I felt tears welling behind my eyes.  I have no idea why, but I knew then that I had my song.

This version is the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. This recording, billed as being by “Dionne & Friends”, was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number-one single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. It raised over $3 million for its cause.

The song was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for the 1982 movie Night Shift, where it was recorded by Rod Stewart and played over the closing credits.

Hit the full screen button, turn the volume up, and just … enjoy … feel the love …

That’s What Friends Are For
Dionne Warwick

And I never thought I’d feel this way
And as far as I’m concerned
I’m glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe, I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try
To feel the way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Well, you came in loving me
And now there’s so much more I see
And so by the way
I thank you

Oh and then for the times when we’re apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
The words are coming from my heart
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling and keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
Cause I tell you, that’s what friends are for
Whoa, good times and the bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Songwriters: Burt F Bacharach / Carole Bayer Sager
That’s What Friends Are For lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

15 thoughts on “♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫

  1. The choice of this song on this day is a fitting tribute to a lost friend of Dionne Warwick and of the world of music lovers as well. On this day in 1983, Karen Carpenter lost her battle with the demons that haunted her by succumbing to the cardiotoxicity complications of anorexia nervosa. The May 2010 book by Randy L. Schmidt : “Little Girl Blue : The Life of Karen Carpenter” is a nonfiction that reads like a novel and is a must read for any fan. However, of special significance today is that Karen’s friend, Dionne Warwick, wrote the foreword that begins : “Karen Carpenter was and still is the voice that I listen to with a smile on my face” and goes on to add “We are all familiar with the hits and the performances, but I was privy to the person.” She talks about first hearing Karen sing a song that she herself had recorded years before from the Broadway show “Promises, Promises” titled “Knowing When to Leave”. Dionne was impressed by Karen’s control of the song and wanted to get to know her. Karen desired to meet Dionne too and thus a friendship was born. Dionne sings the song beautifully, but Karen added something extra special. I was able to re-find it with Karen at her beloved drums on YouTube under Bacharach/David Medley – The Carpenters at BBC in 1971. Dionne Warwick is a star for many reasons, her voice is but one of them. Thank-you!

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    • HI Ellen! I was literally just thinking of you and then I saw your comment. 🙂 Yes, Karen Carpenter was a beautiful singer with her life cut way too short by a horrible thing. Having dealt with anorexia nervosa with a very close loved one of mine, it just breaks my heart that Karen succumbed to it. Never knew that about her being Dionne’s friend, you are a wealth of wonderful information that I am glad you pass on. 🙂 Thanks!

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    • And this is why I call you a ‘walking encyclopedia’! I had no idea that Karen Carpenter and Dionne Warwick were friends, and had never heard of the book about Karen Carpenter, but on your recommendation, I have added it to my TBR list on Amazon! Thank you! And I checked out the YouTube video … lots of old memories! They definitely had talent.

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      • My dear friend, you give me too much credit! If I had been feeling more energetic, I would have given you a heads up on Karen Carpenter over the weekend. You can not imagine the chill that went down my spine when I saw your chosen song late yesterday, it felt that Karen was whispering to me…”don’t let me be forgotten”! Of course, I had to heed her voice! Perhaps you might also honor that whisper by featuring one of her songs for her birthday this March 2nd, the choice of a song I leave up to you…should you choose to do so, no pressure…well, maybe a wee bit! Randy L. Schmidt had released a book back in 2005, “Yesterday Once More : Memories of the Carpenters and Their Music” that I had loved, I was a true Carpenters fan from their beginning. Naturally, I later purchased the 2010 book about Karen. It is of some note that Randy edited a revised and expanded version of the 2005 book in October of 2012, “Yesterday Once More : The Carpenter Reader”. I’m glad that you were able to find that old video, she was such a talented lost soul. Thank-you!

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        • It is truly odd that I chose that song when I did, and it really did come about the way I said. I was tired and ill, and just wanted to pick a song, post it and get to bed. That was the first one I listened to, and when it brought a tear, I decided, “Yep, that’s the one!” I especially love watching Stevie Wonder, who is among my favourites, as is Elton. Yes, I think I might be able to honour Karen Carpenter on her birthday with a song. Knowing that I could not possibly remember that for nearly a month, I put a note in the calendar of my cell phone to remind me the day before.

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  2. Great choice, Jill. Even though we may or may not have many friends in our real lives, here on Word Press we have found groups of like minded people from all over the world who have come or are becoming close friends in ways we cannot do in our own realities. Yup, a super good choice. Thank you. There us still hope for humanity, and for life.

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