A House Is Not a Home (song)

"A House Is Not a Home"

French EP release
Song by Dionne Warwick from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick
Released 1964
A-side "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"
Recorded 1964 at Bell Sound Studios, Manhattan, Ed Smith, Engineer
Genre Soul
Length 3:08
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David

"A House Is Not a Home" is a 1964 song recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick, and written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Robert Taylor. The song was a modest hit in the United States for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)". Another version of the song, by Brook Benton, which was the version that appeared in the film, was released at nearly the same time. It debuted two weeks earlier on the Billboard Hot 100. Benton's version split airplay with Warwick's, and ultimately peaked at #75.

Warwick's version of "A House Is Not a Home" fared better in Canada, where it was a top 40 hit, peaking at #37. The song made the R&B top 10 in Cashbox by both Warwick and Benton, with neither artist specified as best seller.

Despite its modest initial success, the song went on to achieve greater renown through frequent recordings by other artists, including a hit version in 1981 by Luther Vandross.


The Warwick single was performed in the key of F major.

Luther Vandross version

"A House Is Not a Home"
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Never Too Much
Released 1981
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 7:07
Label Epic
Producer(s) Luther Vandross
"A House Is Not a Home"
A sample of Luther Vandross's cover of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not a Home" from Never Too Much

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The song was covered by R&B singer Luther Vandross on his 1981 debut album Never Too Much. The track, which was recorded at seven minutes long, was released as a single and became an R&B hit, and later one of Vandross's signature songs. His performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would bring Warwick to tears.

Vandross's version was sampled on the 2004 Kanye West/Jamie Foxx/Twista hit "Slow Jamz".

Other cover versions

Instrumental covers

In popular culture


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  2. Dusty: Full Circle – Taragon Video
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