This song was
originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1963 as the B side of “This
Empty Place”. It
subsequently appeared on the LPs, Presenting
Dionne Warwick and Make Way for
Springfield heard her version of the song and longed to record it. Jack Lacey, a DJ from the Big Apple,
liked Dusty’s version so much, he played it
every day on his show. It was
enough to encourage the record label to promote the song, and in the summer
of 1964, it shot to #4 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart and #6 on the
pop chart. The B side was
“Do Re Mi”. “Wishin’ and Hopin’”
is listed as the #50 song of 1964.
It appears on the LP, A Girl
In 1964, The Merseybeats did their own version, backed with
version went to #13 in the U.K.
It also appears on the 1965 album, Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits. In 1966, Nancy Sinatra included it
on her Nancy in London
album. It even received the
classical treatment on 1969’s Bacharach
Baroque. In 1982, it was
covered by Donna Loren and appears on Magic
– The 80’s Collection.
Debra Monk sang it in 1983 on Pump
Boys and Dinettes on Television.
It returned to
the small screen in 1985 on the long-awaited Ready Steady Go! Sounds
of Motown (which was hosted by Dusty Springfield in 1965 and features
her duetting on the song with Martha Reeves &
The Vandellas). The song has appeared on the
soundtracks of several films, including A
Home at the End of the World, My
Best Friend’s Wedding (by Ani DeFranco), Tin
Men, and A Walk on the Moon. Vanessa Carlton covered the song on
the television program, American
It has also
been featured in several musical tributes such as Beehive, the Musical, Connie Champagne’s “Brand New
Me”, The Look of Love, Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty
Springfield (starring Kirsten Holly Smith), Suds: The Rocking 60s
Soap Opera Musical, What the
World Needs Now (with Jason Langley and Kate Parry) and The Wishin’
and Hopin’ Tribute Show. A parody version called “Drippin’ and Droppin’”
appears in Menopause the Musical.
The song has
been performed by Blacharach, Petula
Clark, Rita Coolidge, The Eagles (no, not those Eagles), Girl
Talk, Shelby Lynne, Marion Maerz (as “Warten und Hoffen”), Stephanie
McIntosh, Alan Peterson, and The Vandalias. It can found be on almost any Dusty
Springfield greatest-hits package.
Dionne Warwick reprised it on her 2006 CD, My Friends & Me, in a duet with Olivia Newton-John. There is even a version for string quartet,
arranged by Holly Gullen Stout.
A staple on
pop-rock anthologies, it appears on The
British Beat: The Best of the
60s, K-Tel’s Spotlight
– Groups of the 60s, Music
to Watch Girls By, Prom
Night: This Magic Moment, 100 Juke Box Hits, and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 60s. In 2009, a video of Dusty
Springfield performing “Wishin’ and Hopin’” was included on the DVD, Once upon a Time 1964-1969.
Dusty Springfield recordings