Dionne Warwick is a pop singer, actress and TV show host who became famous in the early-mid 1960s. While in high school, she and her sister Dee Dee formed the Gospelaires, a gospel vocal group that later became The Sweet Inspirations. In college, she served as a backup singer for Dinah Washington, Brook Benton, Chuck Jackson, Solomon Burke, and many other famous performing artists of the early 1960s.
Warwick is best known for her long artistic collaboration with the Burt Bacharach-Hal David songwriting team, and it was during a recording session for The Drifters that she was asked by Bacharach to perform some demos of his songs for him. In 1962, Warwick debuted on the charts with "Don't Make Me Over," a song written by Bacharach and David, and thereafter had a very long string of hits on the Pop/Rock, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts that continued to well into the 1990s. Some of the many Bacharach-David-penned songs made famous by Warwick also include "Anyone Who Had A Heart" (1964), "Walk On By" (1964), "Reach Out For Me" (1964), "Message To Michael" (1966), "(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls" (1968), "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" (1968), "This Girl's In Love With You" (1969), and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (1970). Later hits by Warwick include "Then Came You" (1974, with the Spinners), "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (1979), and "That's What Friends Are For" (1986, with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder).
Warwick has also acted on TV and in the movies, and in the 1980s, she co-hosted "Solid Gold." In 2002, she became the Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
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Dionne Warwick And The Spinners
- Then Came You 1974
(This song topped the charts.)
- Alfie 1967
(This song was previously a hit for Cher (1966) and Cilla Black (1966) and later also became a hit for Eivets Rednow (1968).)
- Anyone Who Had A Heart 1963
- Do You Know The Way To San Jose 1968
- Don't Make Me Over 1962
(This song later also became a hit for Brenda & the Tabulations (1970), Jennifer Warnes (1980), and Sybil (1989).)
- I Say A Little Prayer 1967
(This song later also became a hit for Aretha Franklin (1968), Glen Campbell & Anne Murray (1971, as a medley), and Diana King (1997).)
- I'll Never Fall In Love Again 1969
(This Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned song was previously a minor hit for Burt Bacharach (1969).)
- Make It Easy On Yourself 1970
(This song was previously a hit for Jerry Butler (1962) and the Walker Brothers (1965).)
- Message To Michael 1966
- Promises, Promises 1968
- Reach Out For Me 1964
(This song was previously a hit for Lou Johnson (1963).)
- This Girl's In Love With You 1969
(This song previously topped the charts for Herb Alpert (1968, as "This Guy's In Love With You").)
- (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls 1968
(This song also became a hit for King Curtis (1968).)
- Walk On By 1964
(This song, which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, later also became a hit for Isaac Hayes (1969), Gloria Gaynor (1975), AWB (1979), and Sybil (1990).)
- You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) 1964
(This song later also became a hit for the Stylistics (1973).)
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