Music Monday: Do You Know the Way to San Jose

Posted By on September 9, 2019

Couldn’t help but to remember Dionne Warwick singing the Burt Bacharach song “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” when sharing the Tax Foundation map highlighting the most expensive (and least expensive) places in America. No surprise, San Jose, California was the most expensive.


_Do_You_Know_the_Way_to_SanOf course the music stayed with me and I just had to listen to it. As music often does, this song triggered fond memories (and not so fond) of my mom and growing up on the beach in Howard Farms in Curtice, Ohio. It was a popular song and mom often had the radio on. I probably 8 or 9years old and still enjoyed whatever music my parents played (but not for long).

The song was an international hit in 1968 and according to an interview with Ebony Magazine in 1983, was not one that Dionne Warwick wanted to record. She said, “It’s a dumb song and I didn’t want to sing it. But it was a hit, just like ‘Heartbreaker‘ is. I’m happy these songs were successful, but that still doesn’t change my opinion about them.”

  Do You Know the Way to San Jose – Dionne Warwick | 1968


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