Wives and Lovers

"Wives and Lovers" is a 1963 song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It has been recorded by numerous male and female vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles, most notably by Jack Jones in 1963. That recording earned the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male,[1] and peaked at number fourteen on the Hot 100 and number nine on the Easy Listening chart.[2]

"Wives and Lovers" is a song of advice to married women, to stay attractive and attentive to their husbands ("wives should always be lovers, too") to avoid their husbands straying with "girls at the office". The song originated when Bacharach and David were asked to write a song with the title "Wives and Lovers", on the theme of marital infidelity, as a promotional tie-in for the 1963 film Wives and Lovers. The song did not appear in the film but was intended simply to promote the film; which made it what was known at the time as an "exploitation song". Similarly, the song "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," which Bacharach and David wrote in 1962, promoted, but was not featured in, the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.[3]

Other versionsEdit

"Wives and Lovers"
Single by Jack Jones
from the album Wives and Lovers
B-side"Toys in the Attic"
ReleasedSeptember 1963 (1963-09)
StudioColumbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
GenreTraditional pop
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Jack Jones singles chronology
"That's the Way I'll Come to You"
"Wives and Lovers"
"Love with the Proper Stranger"

Song in popular cultureEdit

  • The song is featured playing on a radio in the very first "For Better or For Worse" comic strip by Lynn Johnston.[6]
  • The Jack Jones recording plays in the movie Goodfellas as Karen shows off her new house to Belle Kessler.
  • The Warwick version of the song was played during the opening credits of The First Wives Club.
  • The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps performed "Wives and Lovers" along with other music by Burt Bacharach in their 2011 production entitled The Beat My Heart Skipped. Blue Devils received a score of 97.800 and 2nd place. [7]


  1. ^ GRAMMY Winners Search
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 130.
  3. ^ Anyone Who Had A Heart: The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Robin Platts, Discoveries, December 1997
  4. ^ Frank Sinatra: The Complete Guide
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (2015-05-21). "Burt Bacharach: Marlene Dietrich's music sucked! But I liked her | Music | The Guardian". theguardian.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015. It was the same thing with Sinatra and the Count Basie band, with Quincy Jones producing. They did Wives and Lovers, which is in 3/4 time, but they did it in 4/4. I said, “Quincy, what happened?” He said: “The Basie band can’t play in 3/4.”
  6. ^ Johnston, Lynn (1979-09-09). "For Better or For Worse". Universal Press Syndicate. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  7. ^ "corpsreps.com - The Drum Corps Repertoire Database". corpsreps.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.