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Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as Marie Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters.

Her parents were Mansel Warrick and Lee Drinkard. She began singing gospel with her family, and started her professional solo career after graduating from the University of Hartford.

Her first solo single was 1963's "Don't Make Me Over"; her name was misspelled on the credits, and she soon began using the new spelling ("Warwick").[1] The song was a moderate hit, but the follow-ups were unsuccessful until 1964's "Anyone Who Had a Heart." This was followed by "Walk on By," a major hit that launched her career into the stratosphere.

Warwick weathered the British Invasion better than most American artists, and she released only a few minor hits in the UK during the late 1960s, most notably 1966's "Message to Michael". In the UK a number of Bacharach-David-Warwick songs were covered by UK singer Cilla Black (most notably "Anyone Who Had a Heart"). This upset Warwick and she has described feeling insulted when told that in the UK, record company executives wanted her songs recorded by someone else. Warwick even met Cilla Black whilst on tour in the UK. She recalled what she said to her — " I told her that "You're My World" would be my next single in the States. I honestly believe that if I'd sneezed on my next record, then Cilla would have sneezed on hers too. There was no imagination in her recording."

Elvis Presley biography A 1967 LP called Here Where There Is Love became a big hit, as did her single "I Say a Little Prayer", which is now famous for being featured in the movie, My Best Friend's Wedding. In addition, her 1960s recording of "Wives and Lovers" was used as the theme song for the 1996 hit movie The First Wives Club. Her next big hit was unusual in that it was not written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls" was a smash success, as was the Bacharach-penned follow-up, "Do You Know the Way to San Josй?". More hits and a few Grammy Awards followed in the last two years of the 1960s.

Warwick had become the priority act of Scepter Records with the release of "Anyone Who Had A Heart" in 1963. However, in the post-Woodstock era of the late 1960s, the decision was made that she would begin looking for a major label. Warwick's last recording for Scepter was in 1971. She debuted on the Warner Brothers label -- in a five-year contract that was the biggest contract for a female artist at that time.

Her career slowed greatly in the 1970s, with no big hits until 1974's "Then Came You" with the Spinners. Warwick's five years on Warner Brothers -- despite the fact that she worked the entire time -- left her completely without hits. This trend ended with "I'll Never Love This Way Again," produced by Barry Manilow. The accompanying album, Dionne, was her first to go platinum. This was her debut on Arista Records to which she had been personally signed and guided by the label's founder, Clive Davis.

Warwick's next hit was her 1982 full-length collaboration with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Heartbreaker. In 1986, Warwick led the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder; it was a number one hit, and garnered Warwick's fifth Grammy.

Her career took a major downturn in the 1990s, with only a few moderate-selling albums released and no major singles. During this period, she was perhaps best known for hosting infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, a 900 number psychic service.

In 2002, Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana. Miami-Dade Police officers reported finding eleven marijuana cigarettes inside a lipstick container. Drug charges were dropped when she agreed to complete a drug treatment program, donate $250 to charity, and make an anti-drug public service announcement directed at youth[2]. Warwick enjoyed one of her largest audiences ever when she appeared on the May 24, 2006 fifth-season finale of American Idol. 36 million U.S. viewers watched Warwick sing a medley of "Walk on By" and "That's What Friends Are For," with longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach accompanying her on the piano.

Warwick's sister Dee Dee Warwick also had a successful singing career, scoring a Top 20 R&B; hit in the form of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" in 1967. In the early 70s, at the advice of a numerologist, both Dionne and her sister DeeDee added an 'e' to the end of Warwicke (later dropped). One of Warwick's cousins is Whitney Houston.



• 1963 Presenting Dionne Warwick

• 1964 Anyone Who Had a Heart

• 1964 Make Way for Dionne Warwick

• 1965 The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick

• 1966 Here I Am

• 1966 Dionne Warwick in Paris

• 1967 Here, Where There Is Love

• 1967 Dionne Warwick Onstage and in the Movies

• 1967 The Windows of the World

• 1968 Dionne in the Valley of the Dolls

• 1968 Magic of Believing

• 1968 Promises Promises

• 1969 Soulful

• 1969 Dionne Warwick's Greatest Motion Picture Hits

• 1970 I'll Never Fall in Love Again

• 1970 Very Dionne

• 1971 The Dionne Warwick Story: Live

• 1972 Dionne

• 1972 From Within

• 1973 Just Being Myself

• 1975 Then Came You

• 1975 Track of the Cat

• 1977 A Man and a Woman (w/ Isaac Hayes)

• 1977 Only Love Can Break a Heart

• 1977 Love at First Sight

• 1979 Dionne

• 1980 No Night So Long

• 1981 Hot! Live and Otherwise

• 1982 Friends in Love

• 1983 How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye

• 1982 Heartbreaker

• 1985 Finder of Lost Loves

• 1985 Friends

• 1985 Without Your Love

• 1987 Reservations for Two

• 1989 Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter

• 1993 Friends Can Be Lovers

• 1995 Aquarela Do Brazil

• 1998 Dionne Sings Dionne

• 2000 Dionne Sings Dionne Vol. 2

• 2004 My Favorite Time of the Year

Hit singles

Warwick has 56 entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Below are songs that hit the top 40.

• 1962 "Dont Make Me Over" #21

• 1963 "Anyone Who Had a Heart" #8

• 1964 "Walk On By" #6

• 1964 "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" #34

• 1964 "Reach Out For Me" #20

• 1965 "Are You There (With Another Girl)" #39

• 1966 "Message To Michael" #8

• 1966 "Trains and Boats and Planes" #22

• 1966 "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" #26

• 1967 "Alfie" #15

• 1967 "The Windows of the World" #32

• 1968 "(Theme From) The Valley of the Dolls" #2

• 1967 "I Say a Little Prayer" #4

• 1968 "Do You Know the Way to San Josй" #10

• 1968 "Who Is Gonna Love Me?" #33

• 1968 "Promises, Promises" #19

• 1969 "This Girl's In Love With You" #7

• 1969 "The April Fools" #37

• 1969 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" #16

• 1969 "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" #6

• 1970 "Let Me Go To Him" #32

• 1970 "Make It Easy On Yourself" #37

• 1974 "Then Came You" (with The Spinners) #1

• 1979 "I'll Never Love This Way Again" #5

• 1979 "Dйjа Vu" #15

• 1980 "No Night So Long" #23

• 1982 "Friends in Love" (with Johnny Mathis) #38

• 1982 "Heartbreaker" #10

• 1983 "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye" (with Luther Vandross) #27

• 1985 "That's What Friends Are For" (Dionne & Friends: Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) #1

• 1987 "Love Power" (with Jeffrey Osborne) #12


• Slaves (1969)

• The Day the Music Died (1977)

• Rent-a-Cop (1988)

• The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002) (documentary)

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