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Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) was an American singer, best known for her work with Hal David[?] and Burt Bacharach as songwriters. She began singing gospel with her family. Her first solo single was 1962's "Don't Make Me Over"; her name was misspelled on the credits, and she soon began using the new spelling ("Warwick"). The song was a moderate hit, but the follow-ups were unsuccessful until 1964's "Anyone Who Had a Heart". This was followed by "Walk on By", a major hit in Britain.

Warwick weathered te British Invasion better than most American artists, and she released only a few minor hits in the late 1960s, most notably 1966's "Message to Michael". A 1967 LP called Here Where There Is Love[?] became a big hit. Her next big hit was unusual in that was not written by Bacharach and David; "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls" was a smash success, as was the follow-up, "Do You Know the Way to San Jose". More hits and a few Grammies followed in the last two years of the 1960s. Her career slowed greatly in the 1970s, with no big hits until 1974's "Then Came You". A five-year hiatus ensued, ending with "I'll Never Love This Way Again", produced by Barry Manilow. The accompanying album, Dionne[?], was her first to go platinum.

Warwick's next hit was her 1982 full-length collaboration with the Bee Gees, Heartbreaker[?]. In the mid 1980, Warwick participated with the celebrity AIDS benefit single, "That's What Friends Are For[?]" with Gladys Knigt[?], Elton John and Stevie Wonder; it was also a massive success.

Her career took a major downturn in the 1990s, with only a few moderate selling albums released and no major singles.



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