Australian singles chart:
What the World Needs Now is Love entered the Kent charts on 24 July 1965 and peaked at #68.
Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Record label of Australian release:
Burt Bacharach (from Record Collector magazine): “Dionne (Warwick) rejected that song. She might have thought it was too preachy and I thought Dionne was probably right. Hal pushed me to play it for Jackie De Shannon who we were gonna record. Otherwise I would have let it be and it would still be in the drawer. Once I heard Jackie sing four bars of it, I thought ‘this is great.’ Jackie had such a great voice. Love her voice. Whether it’s a song she wrote herself or singing What The World Needs Now Is Love, she’s special.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/jackie-deshannon/what-the-world-needs-now-is-love
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