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Dionne Warwick

It is easier to define Dionne Warwick by what she isn't rather than what she is. Although she grew up singing in church, she is not a gospel singer. Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are clear influences, but she is not a jazz singer. R&B is also part of her background, but she is not really a soul singer, either, at least not in the sense that Aretha Franklin is. Sophisticated is a word often used to describe her musical approach and the music she sings, but she is not a singer of standards such as Lena Horne or Nancy Wilson. What is she, then? She is a pop singer of a sort that perhaps could only have emerged out of the Brill Building environment of post-Elvis Presley, pre-Beatles urban pop in the early '60s. That's when she hooked up with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, songwriters and producers who wrote their unusually complicated songs for her aching yet detached alto voice. Warwick is inescapably associated with those songs, even though she managed to build a career after leaving Bacharach and David that drew upon their style for other memorable recordings, and she remains a unique figure in popular music.

Marie Dionne Warrick was born into a gospel music family. Her father was a gospel record promoter for Chess Records and her mother managed the Drinkard Singers, a gospel group consisting of her relatives. She first raised her voice in song at age six at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, and soon after was a member of the choir. As a teenager, she formed a singing group called the Gospelaires with her sister Dee Dee and her aunt Cissy Houston (later the mother of the late Whitney Houston). After graduating from high school in 1959, she earned a music scholarship to the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, but she also spent time with her group recording background vocals on sessions in New York. The Gospelaires are said to be present on such well-known recordings as Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me." They were at a Drifters session working on a song called "Mexican Divorce" composed by Burt Bacharach when Bacharach, attending the session, suggested Warrick might do some demos for him. She did, singing songs he had written with lyricist Hal David. Bacharach and David pitched one of the songs to Florence Greenberg, head of the small independent Scepter Records label, and Greenberg liked the demo singer enough to sign her as a recording artist. Bacharach and David wrote and produced her first single, "Don't Make Me Over," in 1962. When the record was released, the performer credit contained a typo; it read "Dionne Warwick" instead of "Dionne Warrick," and she kept the new name. (Her sister Dee Dee eventually became Dee Dee Warwick as well.)

"Don't Make Me Over" peaked in the Top 20 of the pop charts in early 1963, also reaching the Top Five of the R&B charts. Warwick's subsequent singles were not as successful, but in early 1964 she reached the pop and R&B Top Ten and the Top Five of the easy listening charts with "Anyone Who Had a Heart," which was also her first record to reach the charts in the U.K. (There, such singers as Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield sometimes would cover her records before her own versions had a chance to become hits.) "Walk on By" followed it into the Top Ten of the pop, easy listening, and U.K. charts in the spring of 1964, and it hit number one on the R&B charts. By then, the Beatles had arrived on the American scene, followed by the British Invasion, and for a while, pop artists like Warwick took a beating on the charts. Nevertheless, the singer continued to place singles and LPs in the rankings over the next couple of years, and in the spring of 1966 she returned to the Top Ten of the pop charts and the Top Five of the R&B charts with "Message to Michael." Other, more modest hits followed, including the most successful U.S. recording of the title song from the movie Alfie, which reached the R&B Top Five and the pop Top 20 in the spring of 1967. That summer, Warwick topped the R&B LP charts with her gold-selling Here Where There Is Love album, and by the fall Scepter had amassed enough chart singles to issue Dionne Warwick's Golden Hits, Pt. 1, her first album to reach the pop Top Ten.

Curiously, Warwick's career reached a new level with a single not written by Bacharach and David, although they produced it. It was "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls," written by André and Dory Previn and issued at the end of 1967. The record reached the Top Five of the pop, R&B, and easy listening charts. Its B-side, Bacharach and David's "I Say a Little Prayer," reached the Top Five of the pop and R&B charts, helping the single become a gold record, and the Valley of the Dolls LP also made the Top Five of the pop and R&B charts and went gold. With that, Warwick was on a roll. Her next single, "Do You Know the Way to San José," reached the pop Top Ten and the R&B and easy listening Top Five in the spring of 1968 and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female. In the winter of 1969 her version of "This Guy's in Love with You," retitled "This Girl's in Love with You," made the pop and R&B Top Ten and the easy listening Top Five, and in early 1970 "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," from Bacharach and David's score for the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, made the pop Top Ten and topped the easy listening charts, bringing her another Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female.

In 1971, Warwick added an "e" to the end of her name on the advice of a numerologist, retaining the new spelling until 1975. She also left Scepter Records and signed a deal with the major label Warner Bros. that included Bacharach and David as her writer and producer. The team produced the 1972 album Dionne, which was a modest seller, but then Bacharach and David split up in the wake of the critical and commercial failure of their work on a musical remake of the film Lost Horizon in 1973. Due to her contractual commitment, Warwick was forced to sue her old partners. A settlement was reached, but they would not work together again for many years and Warwick's career suffered.

Warwick bounced back with "Then Came You," a song she recorded with the Spinners, which topped the pop and R&B charts and reached the Top Five of the easy listening charts in October 1974, going gold in the process. It proved to be a one-off success, but Warwick (now without the "e") signed to Arista Records in 1979 and returned to the Top Five of the pop adult contemporary (formerly easy listening) charts with "I'll Never Love This Way Again," produced by labelmate Barry Manilow and featured on her first platinum-selling album, another LP simply titled Dionne. "Deja Vu," also from the album, was a Top 20 pop and number one adult contemporary hit. "I'll Never Love This Way Again" won Warwick her third Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; "Deja Vu" won her her fourth for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Female.

Warwick topped the adult contemporary charts in 1980 with "No Night So Long," but her next across-the-board hit did not come until she hooked up with the Bee Gees for her 1982 album Heartbreaker. Barry Gibb produced the gold-selling LP and the three Gibb brothers wrote the title song, which made the pop Top Ten and topped the adult contemporary charts. In 1985, Warwick was reconciled with Bacharach and she organized a charity recording of his and Carole Bayer Sager's song "That's What Friends Are For" to combat AIDS, featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, in addition to herself. The record topped the pop, R&B, and adult contemporary charts in the winter of 1985-1986, the album Friends on which it was included went gold, and the song earned Warwick her fifth Grammy, for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 1987, Warwick topped the adult contemporary charts and reached the Top Five of the R&B charts with "Love Power," a duet with Jeffrey Osborne that was another Bacharach/Sager composition.

Warwick enjoyed less commercial success after the late '80s. She parted ways with Arista Records after her 1995 album Aquarela do Brazil. In 1998 she issued Dionne Sings Dionne, an album consisting largely of re-recordings of her hits, on River North Records. Her first collection of holiday standards, My Favorite Time of the Year, was released in 2004 on EMI. Two years later she landed on the Concord label with My Friends & Me, a collection of duets that revisited her classic recordings with Cyndi Lauper, Kelis, Reba McEntire, and Wynonna Judd among her guests. Why We Sing, her first gospel album in nearly 40 years, landed on the Rhino label in 2008, and in 2011 she would star in Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice 4, a reality television competition series that pitted her against fellow contestants like David Cassidy, Lil Jon, and Meat Loaf. Now, a new album of Bacharach and David material, arrived in 2012 on the H&I Music label and marked her 50th anniversary as a recording artist. Feels So Good, an album of duets with artists such as Alicia Keys, Ziggy Marley, and Stevie Wonder, was released early in 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography


Track List: Feels So Good

1. Close To You (Feat. Mya)

2. A House Is Not A Home (Feat. Ne-Yo)

3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (Feat. Ziggy Marley)

4. Message To Michael (Feat. Cyndi Lauper)

5. Every Once In A While (Feat. Eric Paslay)

6. Deja Vu (Feat. Jamie Foxx)

7. Feels So Good (Feat. Cee Lo Green)

8. I Know, I'll Never Love This Way Again (Feat. Gladys Knight)

9. This Guy/This Girl's In Love With You (Feat. Phil Driscoll)

10. You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart (Feat. Ruben Studdard)

11. Let There Be Love (Feat. Cheyenne Elliott)

12. Hope Is Just Ahead (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)

13. Windows Of The World (Feat. David Elliott)

14. A House Is Not A Home (Feat. Ne-Yo) (Extended Version)


Track List: Only Trust Your Heart

1. Only Trust Your Heart

2. You I Love

3. I'm A Fool To Want You

4. Wonder Why

5. If You Can Dream

6. The Second Time Around

7. Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

8. I'll Never Stop Loving You

9. Some Other Time

10. I Fall In Love Too Easily

11. Keep Me In Mind

12. And Then You Kissed Me

13. Pocketful Of Miracles


Track List: My Friends & Me

1. Walk On By

2. Message To Michael

3. Close To You

4. I'll Never Love This Way Again

5. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

6. Deja Vu

7. I Say A Little Prayer (2006)

8. Anyone Who Had A Heart

9. Then Came You

10. Wishin' And Hopin'

11. Love Will Find A Way

12. The Windows Of The World

13. Do You Know The Way To San Jose


Track List: The Best Of Dionne Warwick

1. I Say A Little Prayer

2. Walk On By

3. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

4. Reach Out For Me

5. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me

6. What The World Needs Now Is Love

7. Love Begins With You

8. Humbly I Pray

9. If I Want To

10. All Kinds Of People

11. I Promise You


Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Anyone Who Had A Heart

2. Don't Make Me Over

3. Walk On By

4. Message To Michael

5. Alfie

6. I Say A Little Prayer

7. The Windows Of The World

8. Do You Know The Way To San Jose

9. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

11. I'll Never Love This Way Again

12. Deja Vu

13. After You

14. No Night So Long

15. Heartbreaker

17. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow


Track List: Aquarela Do Brasil

1. Jobim Medley

2. Virou Areia

3. Oh Bahia

4. Piano Na Mangueira

5. Captives Of The Heart

6. Samba Dobrado

7. Heart Of Brazil

8. N Kosi Sikelel I - Afrika/So Bashiya Bahlala Ekhaya

9. Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)

10. Caravan

11. Flower Of Bahia

12. 10.000 Words


Track List: Friends Can Be Lovers

1. Sunny Weather Lover

2. Age Of Miracles

3. Where My Lips Have Been

4. Friends Can Be Lovers

5. Love Will Find A Way (feat. Whitney Houston)

6. Much Too Much

7. Til The End Of Time

8. The Woman That I Am

9. Fragile

10. I Sing At Dawn


Track List: Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter

1. Night And Day

2. I Love Paris

3. I Get A Kick Out Of You

4. What Is This Thing Called Love/ So In Love (Medley)

5. You're The Top

6. I've Got You Under My Skin

7. Begin The Beguine

8. It's All Right With Me

9. Anything Goes

10. All Of You

11. I Concentrate On You

12. Just One Of Those Things

13. Night And Day (Jazz Version)


Track List: The Dionne Warwick Collection

1. Don't Make Me Over

2. This Empty Place

3. Anyone Who Had A Heart

4. Walk On By

5. You'll Never Get To Heaven

6. A House Is Not A Home

7. Reach Out For Me

8. Who Can I Turn To

10. Are You There (With Another Girl)

11. Message To Michael

12. Trains And Boats And Planes

13. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

14. Another Night

15. Alfie

16. The Windows Of The World

17. I Say A Little Prayer

19. Do You Know The Way To San Jose

20. Always Something There To Remind Me

21. Promises, Promises

22. The April Fools

23. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

24. The Green Grass Starts To Grow


Track List: Friends

2. Whisper In The Dark

3. Remember Your Heart

4. Love At Second Sight

5. Moments Aren't Moments

6. Stronger Than Before

7. Stay Devoted

8. No One There (To Sing Me A Love Song)

9. How Long?

10. Extravagant Gestures


Track List: Dionne

1. I'll Never Love This Way Again

2. After You

3. Feeling Old Feelings

4. Deja Vu

5. The Letter

6. In Your Eyes

7. All The Time

8. My Everlasting Love

9. Out Of My Hands

10. Who, What, When, Where, Why


Track List: Let There Be Love (Single)

1. Let There Be Love (Feat. Cheyenne Elliott)


Track List: Now: A Celebratory 50th Anniversary Album

1. (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me

2. Are You There (With Another Girl)

3. Don't Make Me Over

4. Love Is Still the Answer

5. 99 Miles from LA

6. Be Aware

7. Reach Out

8. Is There Anybody Out There?

9. I Just Have to Breathe

10. It Was Almost Like a Song

11. Make It Easy On Yourself

12. I Say a Little Prayer


Track List: Promises, Promises

1. Promises, Promises

2. This Girl's In Love With You

3. Little Green Apples

4. Where Is Love

5. Who Is Gonna Love Me?

6. Whoever You Are, I Love You

7. Where I Am Going

8. Wanting Things

9. Lonely In My Heart

10. Yesterday I Heard The Rain


Track List: The Very Best Of Dionne Warwick

1. Don't Make Me Over

2. Anyone Who Had A Heart

3. Walk On By

4. Reach Out For Me

5. Are You There (With Another Girl)

6. Message To Michael

7. Trains And Boats And Planes

8. Alfie

9. The Windows Of The World

10. (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls

11. I Say A Little Prayer

12. Do You Know The Way To San Jose

13. Promises, Promises

14. This Girl's In Love With You

15. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

16. Then Came You


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dragonlady60 8 8
Classic Gold..ty Dw
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Such a sweet voice
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any one notice the Twenty Greatest Hits of Conway Twitty in Dionne's discography?
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Dionne is a performer that has Class, Charisma, Presence and Talent that is so void in most of today's offerings!
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What a treat, thank u
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One of the best - Love this woman voice!
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Dionne Warwick will be at the Arcada Theater tonight here in St Charles illinois. I am so excited.
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She always sings so slow , Dionne, I lived in Cupertino , right by San Jose !! Believe me things are t the same it cost so much to live there now
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If you get a chance, listen to Isaac Hayes cover of this song ,sultry and sexy,funky and cool!
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BRIAN THAT's WHEN !!! AT YOUR LOWEST !! Which was really the best time !! It's in the hard times the true love is shown !! Oh I so badly need to know and you need to know for sure too !!!
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The combination of Burt Bacharach songs with Dionne Warwick's voice was magical. It is feel good music that speaks to our souls and fills us with memories.
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Love her Always! !!!
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Sorry ,the only gift I can count on, what a voice!
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The gift I c
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One of the best of all time! I've been following her since Don't Make Me Over in 1962.
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Here's to YOU !!!!
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Why cant the music industry find more gifted voices such as this
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Really knew how to sing a song...great feeling, mmmmmm!
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So reminds me of the 60s,I was only 13 but loved this song back then.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now youve started reading this dont stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When you are done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Love This Lady!!! What a Gift to the music industry, and a true blessing to the rest of the world. A Genuine Classy Voice, and Style!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Great talent, she makes me feel good. 60's time!
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What A Beautiful Lady, And A Fabulous Voice. I have loved Ms. Warwick ever since the sixties, and continue to enjoy listening to her today. Like you Dionne, your music will never grow old.
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I have loved Dionne Warwick since my best friend in college bought me an album by her for my birthday. After listening to it I was (Quite) soon on my way to get another one, and then of course,that led to regular trips to the music store for more of the same. This wonderful lady is such a such a great talent!!
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Truly a great singer!
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Growing up she was my favorite teacher
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Oh my goodness, I grew up with Ms. Donne in the 60's. Love her so very much for the quality of music she brought to us, and has stayed with everyone always.
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house is not a home, unbelievable
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john5847 - sending my deepest sympathies~! I understand having a great woman who you are fortunate to call Grandma! Best way to honor her is, if you have your own grandchildre n , be as good as a grandparent that you were blessed to have. I am waiting for my 1st grandchild. Lord willing, some day soon. I hope to be able to fill my grandchild's life with love and help them to believe in who they are and see their potential in this life. Mostly teach them kindness and love of mankind.
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My grandma is dying and she is hurting all the time all I want to say to her I love you n you are my hero
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This goes out to my Grandma she is my hero
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lyrics are back !!!
Bacharach - Warwick made great music
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Dionne and Burt Bacharach made magic.
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Love this song--memori e s of the airport as a kid waiting for my flight-circa 70's
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My mama loved this , she bought the albums......
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Early seventies,va l l e y of the dolls,I miss all of us
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Love. This. Tune. Reminds. Me. Of. California. !!!!!!
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Going back to 'Don't Make Me Over', Dionne has made every song shes done special and memorable. Truly a legend.
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Every time I hear this song I am 8 years old wearing bright yellow paisley mini dress with go go boots what a memory thanks
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Love this song That's What Friends R For: Listen to the words, true friends will always be with you! RQ/rlh
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SEMPRE MERAVIGLIOSA ! ! ! ! ! Grazie !
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