Dionne Warwick bridged traditional pop and contemporary soul, inspiring many singers from Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys. She was also an integral part of Gen-X living rooms as host of Solid Gold; and her single, “That’s What Friends Are For”, raised awareness for HIV/AIDS research efforts.
Her first single
Warwick stood out as an artist with genuine style and grace during an era characterized by flashy one-hit wonders. Her jazz funk on Take the Short Way Home and romantic ballad Reach Out for Me were both major hits, becoming top charts items.
She achieved her greatest hit of the decade on an all-star 1985 single with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder entitled “That’s What Friends Are For”, which became a charity recording that topped pop, R&B and adult contemporary charts simultaneously.
Warwick continued her reign of success into the 1990s, with 56 of her singles charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and 80 overall making their way onto other Billboard charts. Most recently she released the holiday song ‘Merry Mission’ for Build-a-Bear Workshop’s animated movie Glisten and Merry Mission as Sage Evergreen; additionally she has become Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations as well as being inducted into American Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
Her first album
Following her breakthrough hit of “Don’t Make Me Over,” Dionne Warwick quickly rose to the top of both R&B and pop charts with her debut full-length album Presenting Dionne Warwick. Though produced by Jerry Edelman – Bacharach-David’s heir apparent – this enjoyable collection did well at showcasing Warwick’s versatile vocal range and expressive style.
Dionne delivers energetic performances of songs written by Holland-Dozier-Holland and Hal David’s famed songwriting team; fans will undoubtedly find this album worth checking out!
Her first hit
Warwick excelled at interpreting contemporary pop, as she displayed here with this ballad that explored the difficulty of loving someone who does not reciprocate – it featured the Bee Gees’ iconic harmonies as well as demonstrating her emotional strength.
Dionne Warwick made her mark as an artist through crossover music with this first hit written for a male singer; later it led her to collaborate on multiple projects with composers Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Warwick and Kashif’s romantic duet adds depth and diversity to her repertoire, showing she can appeal to both R&B and pop audiences with ease. Additionally, it showcases both singer’s vocal range and emotional delivery – it became one of Warwick’s top 10 tracks on both R&B and pop charts!
Her first Grammy award
Once she left Scepter Records, Warwick signed with Warner Bros. Her debut album on their label – Dionne – became an instant classic and earned her a Grammy. Additionally, Warwick produced many hit singles as well as duet albums with various artists.
Her success with hit songs brought her international notoriety. She became a regular face on television and performed in concerts that brought out heads of state such as King Abdullah II of Saudi Arabia and Queen Rania of Jordan to watch.
Dionne Warwick joined forces with producer Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager to record “That’s What Friends Are For,” raising both money and awareness for AIDS research. Since then she has become an activist for musical artists by appearing before Congress and lobbying laws to ensure fair compensation for musical artists. Furthermore she is mother to David Elliot who she raised from birth, while Damon Elliot followed in his footsteps and is now an adult himself.
Her second album
Dionne Warwick has long been one of the go-to female artists when it comes to female anthems. Since her start in 1986, she has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and earned six Grammy awards, not to mention being honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and raising millions for AIDS research through a 1985 charity recording featuring Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Warwick saw her commercial success dwindle during the 1990s, yet continued recording into the 2020s and collaborated with rappers and singers on single releases. Additionally, she founded skin care and fragrance lines as well as interior design groups; adding an “e” to her name at the advice of a numerologist to form Dionne Warwicke. Dionne Warwick released numerous tribute albums as well as her passion project Aquarela do Brasil (Water Reign of Brasil).
Her third album
Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach and Hal David had become an indisputable force within the music world by this point, offering her so many fantastic songs it became clear they wouldn’t all fit on singles; therefore this LP was created around two of their masterpieces.
“Reach Out for Me” had only made it to #75 on Lou Johnson’s chart in 1963; but Warwick’s gentle bossa nova treatment expanded its appeal dramatically. Additionally, Brook Benton’s 1962 charting #71 version of “A House Is Not a Home,” Warwick took it and made it hit number 10. These four albums represent her breakthrough period at Florence Greenberg’s Scepter label and display both Warwick’s dynamic vocal range and restraint; an absolute must for serious music fans who wish to gain their knowledge. She continues her popularity both as an interpretive singer as well as show tune crooner crooner today!
Her fourth album
This 3-CD set contains all her classic Scepter singles remastered for mono single mixes as well as a bonus disc, Dionne Sings Dionne. Fans of Dionne must not miss this album in its deluxe form!
She’s Back is an old-fashioned R&B album that will delight long time fans of Sheila E’s voice and songs, such as All the Love in the World (an excellent ballad), which showcases both her vocal abilities as well as how well she interprets lyrics. Smokey Robinson and June Pointer provide outstanding supporting performances on Sheily E’s back as well.
She’s Back is rather disappointing in other ways; some of its tracks by Bacharach and David seem dated while others just don’t quite hit their target (such as Wives and Lovers’ characterless love songs). Take the Short Way Home is however a welcome relief from its soporific predecessors.
Her fifth album
She holds one of the top female vocalists ever charts and has amassed over 100 million record sales during her career. Her albums have been certified RIAA gold, earning numerous awards and accolades along the way. Additionally, she was an advocate against AIDS who recorded a special single with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to raise funds against it.
Lemonade explores the darker sides of relationships and love, including songs of revenge and betrayal. It stands as an honest declaration about personal growth and change – taking pop music in unexpected directions while giving audiences something fresh. She stands as one of America’s premier icons of music today.
Her sixth album
Dionne Warwick became internationally acclaimed with her emotive, soulful vocals. Raised in East Orange, New Jersey as part of a middle class and racially integrated community, where her mother managed the legendary gospel choir the Drinkard Singers while her father promoted church events and recordings – she found great solace in singing as her passion.
While she will always be associated with Bacharach & David songs (such as “Walk On By”), she continued her success outside the Brill Building environment by working with various artists on different genres, as well as appearing in multiple movies and television shows.
Warwick gradually shifted her focus away from singles in favor of album projects such as Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter and Friends Can Be Lovers, She’s Back featuring duets with Brian McKnight, Musiq Soulchild and others, and Dionne Warwick: The Complete 1960s Singles Plus which includes every A and B side she recorded between 1962-1977 for Scepter Records.
Her seventh album
Dionne Warwick grew up in East Orange, New Jersey as part of a middle-class, racially integrated community where her spiritually inclined family managed a gospel choir called the Drinkard Singers; Warwick quickly took to singing in church services and other local venues.
Warwick was inspired by jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan as she was growing up, but she is not a jazz or R&B musician; rather she is a pop artist with an unforgettable voice who stands out among this field.
Warwick found success after Bacharach and David parted ways, scoring hits with other producers. Her version of the Valley of the Dolls theme hit number 10 on pop, easy listening, U.K. charts as well as making album charts – her first single not produced by these duos.