One of my absolute favorite 1960's songs is "The Look of Love". "The Look of Love" was a pop song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by Dusty Springfield, and which appeared in the 1967 spoof James Bond film Casino Royale.
The music was written by Burt Bacharach, and was originally intended to be an instrumental. But later Hal David added the lyrics, and the song was published in 1967. According to Bacharach, the melody was inspired by watching Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film.
Sérgio Mendes' hit rendition on the Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 album Look Around reached #4 on the pop charts after their performance in the Academy Awards telecast in March 1968. The lead vocal on this single was handled by Janis Hansen, not Lani Hall, a rarity in the early Brasil '66 canon.
My favorite version is Sergio Mendes/Brasil '66. It is more up tempo and I like the percussion so much. It adds spice. Dusty Springfield's cover is totally pop iconic for the 1960's. Dusty is my favorite of all the British pop singers.
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