Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick 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.
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Dad Asks Famous People To Tweet His Bullied Son A Happy Birthday, And They Deliver
Huffington Post - 8 months
Russell Crowe, Dionne Warwick, Chris Hadfield and Monica Lewinsky are among those who've responded so far.
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Remembering My Mother's Dying Breaths On This Mother's Day
Huffington Post - 9 months
The room is a square. Walls colored some shade of clay. There is a bed, two chairs, and a window. Sitting on the side table is a jug of water and some white Styrofoam cups. At the front of the room, under the television that does not work, a narrow counter with magazines and bags piled high. I’m sitting on one of the chairs, looking across the room and out the window, watching the warm breath of brick buildings smoke up into the winter’s cold sky. My mother is lying on the bed in front of me, head tilted slightly up, slowly dying. We’ve been here for almost a week. Camped out in this room. In an obliging effort to paint normal the impossible we’ve moved in pieces of her life: a picture frame beside the bed, one of her silly little frog statuettes, the stereo from her kitchen counter playing favorites we don’t know if she can hear. Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond. At this point, it has become a sort of vigil, with us looming over and around her, quiet and solem...
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Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston After Clive Davis Doc Opens Tribeca
Huffington Post - 10 months
The Tribeca Film Festival knows how to nail a kickoff. By the time the crowd was exiting Radio City Music Hall after the world premiere of the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” on Wednesday night, Jennifer Hudson had paid tribute to Leonard Cohen and Whitney Houston, Carly Simon had sung “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and Aretha Franklin had one-upped everyone in an enveloping white gown that sparkled all the way to the rafters. Tribeca often opens its annual festival with a glittery entertainment-industry showcase. In 2014, the Nas doc “Time Is Illmatic” led into a full performance of “Illmatic” from Nas himself. In 2015, Ludacris took the stage after the “Saturday Night Live” documentary, because why not? Last year’s premiere of the Met Gala doc “The Last Monday in May” skipped the musical finale, but Tribeca more than made up for it this year, parading out Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as the aforementioned acts, for an hourlong co...
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14 Movies We're Thrilled To See At This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nom...
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Love Me Tender, Love Me True
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Among the many hits written by lyricist Hal David and composer Burt Bacharach, one song had a curious history. When the songwriting team showed it to Dionne Warwick (a frequent collaborator), she initially turned it down. In 1965, the song was first released by Jackie DeShannon. After The Supremes recorded it in 1968, it became a major hit. Its message was pure and simple: "What the world needs now is love, sweet love It's the only thing that there's just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone." As one monitors current events, Hal David's lyrics become more and more timely. From the political violence being stirred up by demagogues in a Presidential election year to the terrorist bombings in Europe and Africa; from the desperate plight of Syrian refugees to the bitter hatred driving North Carolina's odious Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act and Mississippi's vicious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ...
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Warwick joined friends for hit that raised money for AIDS research 30 years ago
NPR - about 2 years
Dionne Warwick and Friends hit number one with "That's what Friends Are For" 30 years ago today.
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First Nighter: Kathleen Chalfant Convincing as 'Rose' of the Kennedys, Steven Sater's Tedious 'New York Animals' With Burt Bacharach Tunes
Huffington Post - about 2 years
They never stop coming: the Dysfunctional American Family plays. In the last few weeks, we've had The Humans, Lost Girls and Taylor Mac's out-dysfunction-them-all Hir. You can also include Dada Woof Papa Hot and Steve, now that the Supreme Court has legalized gay marriages and as a seeming result, works about dysfunctional same-sex marriages look to be headed our way in increasing numbers. Keeping all that in mind, it still may be that the most unlikely dysfunctional-family opus among us at the moment is Laurence Leamer's one-woman monologue Rose at the Clurman, in which the always impeccable Kathleen Chalfant impersonates the seemingly always impeccable Rose Kennedy. We're in Anya Klepikov's notion of a Hyannis Port morning room (taken from a photograph perhaps) on a late July 1969 afternoon, which those with sharp historical recall will instantly pinpoint as just after the tragic Ted Kennedy-Mary Jo Kopechne Chappaquiddick incident. Rose Kennedy, wearing a beautifully tail...
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The Day AIDS Hit the Fashion Industry
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
In the 1960s and 70s, the fashion designer Chester Weinberg was a household name, usually mentioned in the same breath as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta. With his daring yet elegant clothes and outsize personality, Weinberg was the undisputed darling of the fashion press, and he was equally beloved by the industry, winning a Coty Award in 1970—the fashion equivalent of an Oscar. He worked with a who’s-who of models, photographers, and editors, and dressed socialites and celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Nancy Reagan. As an instructor at Parsons School of Design, he mentored the likes of Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, and Marc Jacobs.
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The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution. The Apollo has also been the scene recently of a number of high profile shows, from Paul McCartney to Bruce Springsteen and even Metallica, who performed there both to salute this great showplace and to capture a bit of its magic. To be able to say you "played the Apollo" is one of the last things many of today's superstars want that they don't already have. This is both a triumph and a challenge for the Apollo which became a non-profit organization in 1991. As it launches the public phase of a $20 million fundraising campaign, it is figuring out how to keep its doors open in a fast-gentrifying neighborhood while serving what is still the heart and soul of New York's African-American community. As the civil-rights movemen...
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Pizarro: Dionne Warwick makes her way to San Jose
Good Morning Silicon Valley - about 4 years
Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick was in San Jose on Friday to help announce that the city will host the Sister Cities International conference this summer.
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Our #Wombfire Of The Week Is A True 'Philly Phasionista' (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Wombfire (noun, hashtag) 1. a child so amazingly cute that they figuratively set your womb ablaze. 2. when your reproductive system (i.e. womb) tingles with maternal excitement, potentially breaks out into Beyoncé choreography and/or prompts spontaneous family planning (i.e. running home to make a baby). 3. hashtag used to illustrate flurry of emotion described above (i.e. "This baby is giving me major #wombfire" or "#Wombfire alert!") Cutie: Kennedy Garner Age: 4-years-old Mom: Kelly Garner (Elementary/special education teacher) Dad: Gregary Garner (Behavioral health delegate) Hometown: Philadelphia, PA What advice would you give first-time mothers? By keeping my affection and love to Kennedy ever on display, never hiding it. Children will learn by your words and actions that they are loved AND loveable! Fill-in-the-blank with Kennedy... 1. My favorite book is I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick and David Freeman Wooley (i have a signed copy!) 2. My dream playdate...
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The Greatest Singer You Don't Know
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Darlene Love is one of the greatest singers of all time, but many of the hit songs she performed on weren't actually released under Love's name. As a background singer in the 1960s, Love's voice could be heard on tracks by Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Dione Warwick and Aretha Franklin. She also sang the No. 1 hit "He's A Rebel" for Phil Spector, a record that the eccentric producer wound up crediting to The Crystals. (Love also provided lead vocals for "He's Sure The Boy I Love," another song that Spector gave to The Crystals.) "Nobody put the camera on the background singers who were singing," Love told HuffPost Entertainment. "It was on Stevie Wonder. It was on Elton John. It was on whoever was the lead singer out front. We were 20 feet from stardom." A funny thing about that turn of phrase: Love, a Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, is part of a new documentary called "Twenty Feet From Stardom." Directed by Morgan Neville, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival de...
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Mike Ragogna: Nilsson Still, Son! Chatting with Jimmy Webb on Harry Nilsson, Plus Catching Up with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation with Jimmy Webb about Harry Nilsson Mike Ragogna: Jimmy, how've you been? Jimmy Webb: Good. I'm on the road, I'm literally on the road but I'm enjoying myself. I've had some good gigs...that's my Summer tour. I'm just staying in the trees and I'll sit by the pond with my buddy. That's about it, that's the outlook. I read a really good review of the Harry Nilsson box set in Rolling Stone. It was a four-star review, it really made me feel good. MR: And there's also the new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. JW: It's funny because I've got Alyn Shipton's book laying here on the floor of the car and I love the book. It's really a cool time for Harry, I just feel it. MR: I wonder what it is about Harry Nilsson that people keep evoking him, using him as a source of inspiration, and citing him as one of their influences though Harry--with the fifteen or so albums that he had--didn't seem like he was one of those artists that was, at the t...
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Brian Levin, J.D.: Phil Ramone, Magical Genius Who Elevated His Artists' Music Passes
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
The legendary, yet humble, recording genius, Phil Ramone, 79, whose influence across a stunning spectrum of popular music for decades has passed away in New York. CNN stated, "His collaboration credits are a Who's Who of the music industry," while the Associated Press praised his "platinum touch" in engineering and producing as "spectacular and diverse." He was the recipient of 14 Grammy Music Awards as well as a lifetime achievement Grammy, and was nominated for a dizzying total of 33 overall. He has won Grammy Awards in every decade from the 1960s onward for albums, play scores and soundtracks. Included in these are Albums of The Year for 1975, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years (#1); 1979, Billy Joel's 52nd Street (#1); and 2004, Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, as well as Producer of the Year for 1980, and 1978 Record of the Year for Billy Joel's beautiful Just The Way You Are. His work on a 1973 television special on Duke Ellington earned him an Emmy A...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    On January 24, 2015, Warwick was hospitalized after a fall in the shower at her home.
  • 2014
    Age 73
    She received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination - in the Traditional Pop Category - for her 2013 album release, "Now".
  • 2013
    Age 72
    On September 19, 2013, she collaborated with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus for his song Hope is just ahead.
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  • 2012
    Age 71
    On May 28, 2012, Warwick headlined the World Hunger Day concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
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    In February 2012, Warwick performed "Walk On By" on The Jonathan Ross Show.
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  • 2011
    Age 70
    In March 2011, Warwick appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice 4.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    On October 18, 2008, Dee Dee Warwick died in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey.
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    Dionne Warwick's second gospel album, "Why We Sing", was released on February 26, 2008 in the United Kingdom and on April 1, 2008 in the United States.
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    A compilation CD of her greatest hits and love songs "The Love Collection" entered the UK pop charts at number 27 on February 16, 2008.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    In 2006, Warwick signed with Concord Records after a fifteen-year tenure at Arista, which had ended in 1994.
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    She appeared on the May 24, 2006, fifth-season finale of American Idol.
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    In 2005, Warwick was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball.
  • 2004
    Age 63
    In 2004, Dionne Warwick's first Christmas album was released.
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  • 2002
    Age 61
    On October 16, 2002, Warwick was nominated to be Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 52
    In 1993, her older son David, a former Los Angeles police officer, co-wrote with Terry Steele the Warwick-Whitney Houston duet "Love Will Find a Way", featured on her album, Friends Can Be Lovers.
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    In 1993, Forrest Sawyer, host of the ABC News/Entertainment program Day One, alleged financial improprieties by the Warwick Foundation, founded in 1989 to benefit AIDS patients, and particularly Dionne Warwick's charity concert performances organized to benefit the organization.
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    Warwick's most publicized album during this period was 1993's Friends Can Be Lovers, which was produced in part by Ian Devaney and Lisa Stansfield.
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  • 1991
    Age 50
    Due to the reported mismanagement of her business affairs, she lists liabilities that include nearly $7 million owed to the Internal Revenue Service for the years 1991 to 1999 and more than $3 million in business taxes owed to the state of California.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 44
    In 1985, Warwick recorded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" alongside Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
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    In 1985, Warwick contributed her voice to the multi-Grammy Award winning charity song We Are the World, along with vocalists like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Ray Charles.
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  • 1984
    Age 43
    Of note was a reunion with the original Shirelles on Warwick's cover of "Will You (Still) Love Me Tomorrow?" The album Finder Of Lost Loves followed in 1984 and reunited her with both Barry Manilow and Burt Bacharach, who was writing with his then current lyricist partner and wife, Carole Bayer Sager.
  • 1982
    Age 41
    The project came about when Clive Davis was attending his aunt's wedding in Orlando, Florida in early 1982 and spoke with Barry Gibb.
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    After a brief appearance in the Top Forty in early 1982 with Johnny Mathis on "Friends in Love" — from the album of the same name — Warwick's next hit later that same year was her full-length collaboration with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees for the album Heartbreaker.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    This was adapted into the weekly one-hour show Solid Gold, which she hosted throughout 1980 and 1981 and again in 1985–86.
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    In January 1980, while under contract to Arista Records, Dionne Warwick hosted a two-hour TV special called Solid Gold '79.
    Her second Arista album, 1980's No Night So Long sold 500,000 U.S. copies and featured the title track which became a major success — hitting #1 Adult Contemporary and #23 on Billboard's Hot 100 — and the album peaked at #23 on the Billboard Albums Chart.
    In 1980, Dionne won the NARAS Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I'll Never Love This Way Again" and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Déjà Vu".
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  • 1979
    Age 38
    With the move to Arista Records and the release of her RIAA certified million seller "I'll Never Love This Way Again" in 1979, Dionne was again enjoying top success on the charts.
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  • 1977
    Age 36
    The singer's five-year contract with Warners expired in 1977, and with that, Warwick ended her stay at the label.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    On May 30, 1975, the couple separated and Warwick was granted a divorce in December 1975 in Los Angeles.
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  • 1971
    Age 30
    Following her signing with Warners, with Bacharach and David as writers and producers, Dionne returned to New York City's A&R Studios in late 1971 to begin recording her first album for the new label, the self-titled album Dionne (not to be confused with her later Arista debut album) in January 1972.
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    Warwick's last LP for Scepter was the aforementioned soundtrack for the motion picture The Love Machine (in which she appeared in an uncredited cameo), released in July 1971.
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    In 1971, Dionne Warwick left the family atmosphere of Scepter Records for Warner Bros.
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    By the end of 1971, Dionne Warwick had sold an estimated thirty-five million singles and albums internationally in less than nine years and more than 16 million singles in the USA alone.
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    Warwick's final Bacharach/David penned single was March 1971's "Who Gets the Guy", and her final "official" Scepter single release was "He's Moving On" b/w "Amanda", both from the soundtrack of the motion picture adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    On January 18, 1969, while living in East Orange, New Jersey, she gave birth to her first son, David Elliott.
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  • 1968
    Age 27
    The LP Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, released in early 1968 and containing the re-recorded version of the movie theme (#2–4 weeks), "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and several new Bacharach-David compositions, hit the #6 position on the Billboard album chart and would remain on the chart for over a year.
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    Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, disc jockeys flipped the single and made the single one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era and another million seller.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    When disc jockeys across the nation began to play the track from the album in the fall of 1967 and demanded its release as a single, Florence Greenberg, President of Scepter Records, complied and "I Say a Little Prayer" became Warwick's biggest U.S. hit to that point, reaching #4 on the U.S. and Canadian Charts and # 8 on the R & B Charts.
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    She performed the song at the Academy Awards in 1967.
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    The January 1967 LP Here Where There Is Love was her first RIAA certified Gold Album and featured "Alfie", and two 1966 hits: "Trains and Boats and Planes" and "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself". "Alfie" had become a radio hit when disc jockeys across the nation began to play the album cut early in 1967. "Alfie" was released as the "B" side of a Bacharach/David ballad, "The Beginning of Loneliness", which charted in the Hot 100.
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  • 1966
    Age 25
    Dionne Warwick married actor and drummer William David Elliott (1934–1983) (CBS's Bridget Loves Bernie-1972–73) in 1966; they divorced in May 1967. They reconciled and were remarried in Milan, Italy, in August 1967, according to Time.
    The mid-1960s to early 1970s became an even more successful time period for Warwick, who saw a string of Gold selling albums and Top 20 and Top 10 hit singles. "Message to Michael", a Bacharach-David composition that the duo was certain was a "man's song", became a top 10 hit for Warwick in May 1966.
  • 1965
    Age 24
    In 1965, 007 James Bond Theme - Eon Productions intended to use a song titled "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Dionne Warwick as the theme song of Thunderball until Albert Broccoli insisted the theme song must include the film's title Thunderball.
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    In the May 21, 1965 Time cover article entitled "The Sound of the Sixties," Dionne Warwick's sound was described as follows: "Swinging World.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    Warwick was named the Bestselling Female Vocalist in the Cash Box Magazine Poll in 1964, with six chart hits in that year.
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    This was followed by "Walk On By" in April 1964, a major international hit and million seller that solidified her career.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    Her fourth single, "Anyone Who Had a Heart," released in December 1963, was Warwick's first top 10 pop hit (#8) in the U.S. and also an international million seller.
    The demo version of "It's Love That Really Counts", along with her original demo of "Make It Easy on Yourself", would surface on Dionne's debut Scepter album, Presenting Dionne Warwick, which was released in early 1963.
  • 1962
    Age 21
    In November 1962, Scepter Records released her first solo single, "Don't Make Me Over", the title (according to the A&E Biography of Dionne Warwick) Warwick supplied herself when she snapped the phrase at producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David in anger.
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    Warwick was signed to Bacharach's and David's production company, according to Warwick, which in turn was signed to Scepter Records in 1962 by Greenberg.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 18
    After finishing East Orange High School in 1959, Warwick pursued her passion at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Marie Dionne Warrick, later Warwick, was born on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, to Mancel Warrick and Lee Drinkard.
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