Dionne Warwick



Real Name : Marie Dionne Warrick

Born: 12/12/1940 (76 yo)
Birth place: East Orange, New Jersey (USA)

Citizenship : USA
Ethnicity : African American, Native American, Brazilian and Dutch ancestry

Occupation : Singer , Actress and TV show host
Active Years: 1962-present


Summary


 Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

Having been in a partnership with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955–2012), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Dionne Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with 56 of Dionne's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.



Biography


Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of five-time Grammy Award winning music legend, DIONNE WARWICK, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick's career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records.

She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. She had her first hit in 1962 with "Don't Make Me Over." Less than a decade later, she had released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, "Walk on By," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Message to Michael,""Promises Promises," "A House is Not a Home," "Alfie," "Say a Little Prayer," "This Girl's in Love With You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Reach Out For Me," and the theme from "Valley of the Dolls."

Warwick, and her songwriting team of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, racked up more than 30 hit singles, and close to 20 best-selling albums, during their first decade together.

Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for her mega-hit, "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and a second Grammy in 1970 for the best-selling album, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again." She became the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. This award was only presented to one other legend, Miss Ella Fitzgerald.

Other African-American female recording artists certainly earned their share of crossover pop and R&B hits during the 1960's, however, Warwick preceded the mainstream success of her musical peers by coming the first such artist to rack up a dozen consecutive Top 100 hit singles from 1963-1966.

Warwick's performance at the Olympia Theater in Paris, during a 1963 concert starring the legendary Marlene Dietrich, skyrocketed her to international stardom. As Warwick established herself as a major force in American contemporary music, she gained popularity among European audiences as well. In 1968, she became the first African-American female artist to appear before the Queen of England at a Royal Command Performance. Since then, Warwick has performed before numerous kings, queens, presidents and heads of state.

Warwick's recordings of songs such as "A House is not a Home," "Alfie," "Valley of the Dolls," and "The April Fools," made her a pioneer as one of the first female artists to popularize classic movie themes.

Warwick began singing during her childhood years in East Orange, New Jersey, initially in church. Occasionally, she sang as a soloist and fill-in voice for the renowned Drinkard Singers, a group comprised of her mother Lee, along with her aunts and uncles. During her teens, Warwick and her sister Dee Dee started their own gospel group, The Gospelaires.

Warwick attended The Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and during that time, began making trips to New York to do regular session work. She sang behind many of the biggest recording stars of the 1960's including Dinah Washington, Sam Taylor, Brook Benton, Chuck Jackson, and Solomon Burke, among many others. It was at this time that a young composer named Burt Bacharach heard her sing during a session for The Drifters and asked her to sing on demos of some new songs he was writing with his new lyricist Hal David. In 1962, one such demo was presented to Scepter Records, which launched a hit-filled 12 year association with the label.

Known as the artist who "bridged the gap," Warwick's soulful blend of pop, gospel and R&B music transcended race, culture, and musical boundaries. In 1970, Warwick received her second Grammy Award for the best-selling album, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," and began her second decade of hits with Warner Bros. Records. She recorded half a dozen albums, with top producers such as Thom Bell,

Holland-Dozier-Holland, Jerry Ragavoy, Steve Barri, and Michael Omartian. In 1974, she hit the top of the charts with "Then Came You," a milliion-selling duet with The Spinners. She then teamed up with Isaac Hayes for a highly successful world tour, "A Man and a Woman."

In 1976, Warwick signed with Arista Records, beginning a third decade of hit-making. Arista Records label-mate Barry Manilow produced her first Platinum-selling album, "Dionne," which included back-to-back hits "I'll Never Love This Way Again," and "Déjà vu." Both recordings earned Grammy Awards,

making Warwick the first female artist to win the Best Female Pop and Best Female R&B  Performance Awards.

Warwick's 1982 album, "Heartbreaker," co-produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, became an international chart-topper. In 1985, she reunited with composer Burt Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to record the landmark song "That's What Friends Are For," which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds for the AIDS cause in support of AMFAR, which Warwick continues to support.

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, Warwick collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osbourne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder. Warwick was also host of the hit television music show, "Solid Gold." In addition, she recorded several theme songs, including "Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams," for the popular television series "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous," and "The Love Boat," for the hit series from Aaron Spelling. More recently, Warwick recorded an album of duets, "My Friends & Me," for Concord Records, a critically acclaimed Gospel album, "Why We Sing," for Rhino/Warner Records, and a new jazz album, "Only Trust Your Heart," a collection of standards, celebrating the music of legendary composer Sammy Cahn for Sony Red/MPCA Records.

More recently, Warwick has added "author" to her list of credits with two best-selling children's books, "Say A Little Prayer," and "Little Man," and her first best-selling autobiography, "My Life As I See It" for Simon & Schuster.

Always one to give back, Warwick has supported and campaigned for many causes and charities close to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children's hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education for which she has been recognized and honored and has raised millions of dollars.

She served as Global Ambassador for Health and Ambassador for the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). A New Jersey school was named in her honor, The Dionne Warwick Institute in recognition of her accomplishments and support of education. Warwick was also a key participating artist in the all-star charity single, "We Are the World," and in 1984, performed at "Live Aid."

Celebrating 50 years in entertainment, and the 25th Anniversary of "That's What Friends Are For," Warwick hosted and headlined an all-star benefit concert for World Hunger Day in London and will continue to do so annually, was honored by the Desert Aids Project with its prestigious 2011 Steve Chase Humanitarian Arts & Activism Award, was recognized by AMFAR in a special reunion performance, alongside Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder at its Anniversary Gala in New York City, and was honored by Clive Davis at his legendary Pre-Grammy Party Gala.

Most recently, Warwick was inducted into the GRAMMY MUSEUM in Los Angeles where a special 50th Anniversary exhibit was unveiled and an historic program and performance was held in the Clive Davis Theater, hosted by Clive Davis, Burt Bacharach and Grammy Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli.

Currently, Warwick just completed recording a new studio album commemorating her 50th Anniversary. Set for release this Fall, the album is being produced by Phil Ramone, featuring special new material written by her longtime friend and legendary composer Burt Bacharach.

Warwick's pride and joy are her two sons, singer recording artist David Elliott and award-winning music producer Damon Elliott and her family. Warwick has recently embarked on her 50th Anniversary World Concert Tour which will take her to all continents and countries that she has performed and visited throughout her illustrious and celebrated 50 year career.



Websites & Social Networks


www.dionnewarwick.net


Discography (Albums):

  •  1963     Presenting Dionne Warwick
  • 1964      Anyone Who Had a Heart
  • 1964      Make Way for Dionne Warwick
  • 1965      The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick
  • 1965      Here I Am
  • 1966      Here Where There Is Love
  • 1967      On Stage and in the Movies
  • 1967      The Windows of the World
  • 1968      The Magic of Believing (with The Drinkard Singers)
  • 1968      Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
  • 1968      Promises, Promises
  • 1969      Soulful
  • 1970      I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  • 1970      Very Dionne
  • 1972      Dionne
  • 1973      Just Being Myself
  • 1975      Then Came You
  • 1975      Track of the Cat
  • 1977      Love at First Sight
  • 1979      Dionne
  • 1980      No Night So Long
  • 1985      Friends in Love
  • 1985      Heartbreaker
  • 1983      How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
  • 1985      Finder of Lost Loves
  • 1985      Friends
  • 1987      Reservations for Two
  • 1990      Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter
  • 1993      Friends Can Be Lovers
  • 1994      Aquarela do Brazil
  • 1998      Dionne Sings Dionne
  • 2000      Dionne Sings Dionne, Vol. 2
  • 2004      My Favorite Time of the Year
  • 2006      My Friends & Me
  • 2008      Why We Sing
  • 2011      Only Trust Your Heart
  • 2012      Now

Awards won:

  • 1969 - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" - Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female
  • 1971 - "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female
  • 1980 - "I'll Never Love This Way Again" - Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female                
  • 1980 - "Déjà Vu" - Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
  • 1987 - "That's What Friends Are For" (with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) - Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Honors:

  •     National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame — Hitmaker Award-2001
  •     Woman of the Year-1969 Harvard Hasty Pudding Society
  •     Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Nominee-Slaves-1969
  •     Playboy Magazine Music Poll-Top Female Vocalist-1971;Playboy's All-Star Band for 1971-Female Vocals
  •     National Association of Television and Radio Announcers-#1 R&B Vocalist-1971
  •     Memphis Music Awards-Outstanding Female Vocalist-1971
  •     WINNER-1980 Tokyo Intl POP Music Festival for her performance of "FEELING OLD FEELINGS" from her Arista debut album "Dionne" produced by Barry Manilow. The song was awarded Song of the Year (the equivalent of the Japanese Grammy)
  •     Mayors Award and Key to the City-San Jose, California-1968
  •     ACE Award Nominee for "Sisters in the Name of Love" — Dionne Warwick (HBO-1987)
  •     United States Ambassador of Health — Appointed by Ronald Reagan-1987
  •     Kleenex American Hero Award-1987
  •     American Society of Young Musicians — Luminary Award-1997
  •     National Music Foundation — Cultural Impact Award-1998
  •     United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-appointed 2002
  •     NABFEME Shero Award (The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment)-2006
  •     The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival-Lifetime Career Achievement Award-2006
  •     Miami Dade Life Time Achievement Award-2007 and Dionne Warwick Day-May 25
  •     Starlight Foundation — Humanitarian of the Year Award
  •     Bella Rackoff Women in Film — Humanitarian Award
  •     Lincoln Elementary School in East Orange, NJ, honored her by renaming it to the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship

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