Personalities | Dionne Warwick | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1940)

Discovered by Burt Bacharach in 1962 singing backing vocals in a New York studio, Warwick became the muse of the Bacharach-David writing team that made the reputations of both parties. Her first hit that year was their ‘Don’t Make Me Over’, and from then until 1972 when the writers fell out she charted 30 times with their compositions, from ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ to ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’.

1979’s Dionne, produced by Barry Manilow, revived her career, as did 1982’s Heartbreaker with Barry Gibb presiding; the title track and ‘All The Love In The World’ were Top 10 entries. Following her role on 1985 charity single ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ (co-written by Bacharach), she has concentrated on humanitarian work for AIDS and other causes. Since 2002 she has been UN Ambassador for Food and Agriculture. A 2006 stage musical in Chicago celebrating her career was well-received.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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