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Born: December 12, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession:

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As the voice of some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's best songs in the 1960s, Dionne Warwick became a pop icon of the era, with a cool, classy style and plenty of pure vocal power. She was born Marie Dionne Warrick (a record label error eventually inspired a permanent spelling change) in Orange, New Jersey on December 12, 1940. Before beginning her solo career, Warwick sang with The Drinkard Singers, a family gospel group that at various points included her mother, grandparents, aunt Cissy Houston, and other relatives. She also sang with The Gospelaires, who later became The Sweet Inspirations. Their sideline in providing backup vocals for pop records led Warwick to the mainstream pop scene. She came to the attention of composer/producer Burt Bacharach while singing on a Drifters record, and was invited to sing on demos of Bacharach and David's songs. This led to her signing with Scepter Records as a solo artist, under the production/songwriting wing of Bacharach and David. Her first single, 1962's "Don't Make Me Over," was also Bacharach & David's first visit to the Pop Top 40. Warwick's well schooled voice was the perfect match for the songwriting team's sophisticated-but-infectious material, and...

As the voice of some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's best songs in the 1960s, Dionne Warwick became a pop icon of the era, with a cool, classy style and plenty of pure vocal power. She was born Marie Dionne Warrick (a record label error eventually inspired a permanent spelling change) in Orange, New Jersey on December 12, 1940. Before beginning her solo career, Warwick sang with The Drinkard Singers, a family gospel group that at various points included her mother, grandparents, aunt Cissy Houston, and other relatives. She also sang with The Gospelaires, who later became The Sweet Inspirations. Their sideline in providing backup vocals for pop records led Warwick to the mainstream pop scene. She came to the attention of composer/producer Burt Bacharach while singing on a Drifters record, and was invited to sing on demos of Bacharach and David's songs. This led to her signing with Scepter Records as a solo artist, under the production/songwriting wing of Bacharach and David. Her first single, 1962's "Don't Make Me Over," was also Bacharach & David's first visit to the Pop Top 40. Warwick's well schooled voice was the perfect match for the songwriting team's sophisticated-but-infectious material, and they enjoyed a long string of hits together that came to define '60s pop. "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" are just a few of the many smashes Warwick scored with Bacharach and David. But in the early '70s, the songwriting duo split up, leaving Warwick to fend for herself. Her career suffered, though she did subsequently score two big hits in the '70s: 1974's "Then Came You" with The Spinners, and 1979's "I'll Never Love This Way Again." In 1982, Warwick returned to the Top 10 with the help of The Bee Gees, who wrote her hit single "Heartbreaker." And three years later she had the biggest smash of her career with "That's What Friends Are For," fittingly co-written by Bacharach. For much of the '90s, Warwick had a strange sideline as a TV infomercial host for the Psychic Friends Network, but she never abandoned performing and recording, remaining active through the 2010s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Armed (2018)
2.
 Secret Agent 00 - Soul (1991) Cameo Appearance
3.
 Rent-A-Cop (1988)
6.
 Slaves (1969) Cassy
7.
 Gladys Knight: A Knight's Tale (2002) Interviewee
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2005:
Honored by Oprah Winfrey at the media mogul's "Legends Ball"
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Formed singing group The Gospelaires with younger sister Dee Dee and their aunt Cissy Houston, mother of singer Whitney Houston
1961:
During summer break from college, rejoined The Gospelaires to sing backup for doo-wop group The Drifters; discovered by songwriter Burt Bacharach
1962:
Released solo debut <i>Presenting Dionne Warwick</i>; included hit single "Don't Make Me Over"
1964:
Solidified international music career with "Walk On By," composed by Burt Bacharach
1967:
Earned first certified gold album with <i>Here Where There Is Love</i>, featuring theme song to "Alfie"
1968:
Accomplished huge commercial success worldwide with "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1967:
Recorded "I Say a Little Prayer," one of her signature collaborations with songwriters Bacharach and Hal David
1974:
Released first U.S. No. 1 single "Then Came You"
1979:
Renewed popularity with Barry Manilow produced ballad "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
1969:
Feature acting debut, drama feature "Slaves"
1980:
Hosted music countdown show "Solid Gold" (Syndicated)
1985:
Joined all-star lineup for successful charity single "We Are the World"
1985:
Recorded AmFAR benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder
1991:
Hosted infomercials for Psychic Friends Network alongside psychic Linda Georgian
2004:
Released first holiday album <i>My Favorite Time of the Year</i>
2011:
Appeared on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"; competed for charity The Hunger Project
1990:
Produced and hosted musical variety show "Dionne and Friends"
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Known for such albums as "Dionne Warwick Sings The Bacharach & David Songbook" and "Friends"
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Popular songs include "That's What Friends Are For" and "Heartbreaker".
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Notes

Founded the Warwick Foundation's Fund (for AIDS education and Pediatric AIDS care)

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son:
David Eliott.
son:
Damon Eliott.

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MarkusFlavius ( 2010-05-13 )

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Dionne Warwick is an African-American singer and winner of numerous awards for music. The early muse of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, she has been a hitmaker over 5 decades and worked with many great record producers. She appeared in a few movies, notably "Slaves" with Stephen Boyd and Ossie Davis, and "Rent A Cop" with Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds. Ms. Warwick has done considerable television work over her long career, including music specials and acting parts.

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