That comment was once made on Kasey Kasem's American Top 40 back in 1972 when Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me was riding high on the charts. There was discussion about both writers and mistakes made in the names.I think I first saw mention of it in the Look of Love Rhino box set. At first I thought they were saying Mac Davis, but that was someone entirely different.
I first became acquainted with Mac Davis one night on The Tonight Show. In the chat, Johnny Carson commented that Mac had 14 songs in the Top Ten.Mac Davis brings back a lot of childhood memories--I remember he had his own variety series on TV, and there was a segment where the audience would give him song titles and he would compose something on the spot.
I looked at my copy of BJ Thomas Greatest Hits Volume 1 and there is no Bacharach songs listed. His Volume 2 Hits has three of the four you mentioned.B.J. Thomas had quite a run of interesting covers of Bacharach/David tunes: "Long Ago Tomorrow," "Send My Picture to Scranton PA," "Everybody's Out of Town," and of course the #1 smash "Raindrops." I haven't dug fully into his catalog yet to see if he has any others--his catalog in those Scepter Records years is as scattered as Dionne's is, and the album reissues are in shambles.
Jackie DeShannon had a handful also. "So Long Johnny," "To Wait for Love," "A Lifetime of Loneliness" and "Windows and Doors" were good cuts ("So Long Johnny" is probably my favorite cut of hers), and her version of "What The World Needs now is Love" is arguably the definitive version of that tune.
There's also Cilla Black's "Alfie" which outshines most of the others out there.
I don't believe it was a hit, but the Gladys Knight & The Pips version of "Seconds" (which was from the aborted film remake of the Promises, Promises stage production) I prefer over Bacharach's own, although they are both similar in execution.
It seems that his time at Scepter was limited, and he re-recorded "Raindrops" almost identically for the hit Scepter release. But he went on to a lot more success in the country music genre, so I would understand if the earlier Bacharach tunes didn't show up on some of his hits anthologies.I looked at my copy of BJ Thomas Greatest Hits Volume 1 and there is no Bacharach songs listed. His Volume 2 Hits has three of the four you mentioned.
A little surprising and harsh coming from you, although I do prefer the Dusty's "Look of Love" too.the Brasil '66 version is total rubbish, as the tune is not suitable to a trite pop song treatment.