Songs, stations and tangents. The companion blog for Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution, a book by Kim Simpson (Continuum, 2011).
Friday, June 17, 2016
Dionne Warwick - "The Green Grass Starts to Grow" (1970)
Dionne Warwick - "The Green Grass Starts to Grow" (Billboard #43, entered 12/5/70; easy listening #2). Written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. 45: "The Green Grass Starts to Grow"/"They Don't Give Medals to Yesterday's Heroes" (Scepter 1970). LP: Very Dionne (Scepter 1970).
Loaded with Bacharach production trademarks of the day (tuba, tack piano, strummed nylon stringed guitars, punctuating trumpets), this Warwick single angled for Christmas airplay with its line "the sunshine of your smile melts the snow" and its jingle bells on the end.