*Forty-six years after her song “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” became a huge hit, the city has decided to honor its singer, Dionne Warwick, as its “Global Ambassador of Goodwill,” reports the Associated Press.
Ironically, Warwick wasn’t feeling the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned lyrics, and had never even been to San Jose when she recorded the tune. It went on to become her biggest international seller and won Warwick her first Grammy Award in 1968. Looking back, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she “cried all the way to the bank.”
In San Jose today (Aug. 1), she’s singing the song again as part of a Sister Cities International conference.
Warwick said that while for years she didn’t like singing it, recasting the song as a duet with Celia Cruz has given it new life. “I’m having a lot of fun with it now,” she said.
Warwick told The Associated Press that she first recorded the song as a favor to her dear friend and songwriter David, who wrote the lyrics after developing an affinity for the town while he was stationed there in the Navy.