Marie Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) is a American pop, contemporary, and R&B singer.
Warwick grew up in a New Jersey family heavily associated with gospel choirs, which she and her sister, Dee Dee Warwick, would perform in growing up. She was also first cousins with Whitney Houston. Warwick was discovered by Burt Bacharach, who initially hired her to record demos for him and Hal David. This would be the beginning of a longtime collaboration, and Bacharach and David would go on to write many of her biggest hits, such as "Don't Make Me Over", "Walk On By", and "Alfie".
She worked steadily throughout The '60s. Her career stalled a bit during The '70s following a fallout with Bacharach/Davidnote , but Warwick moved to Arista Records in 1979 and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in The '80s with hits like "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Love Power", and the superteam collaboration "That's What Friends Are For". Overall one of the most prolific artists of the twentieth century (with dozens of albums and multiple top hits), she released music all the way into The New '10s.
An occasional actress, she guested on several shows in The '90s, was on a celebrity season of The Apprentice, and appeared on The Masked Singer. She gained late-career notoriety during the COVID-19 Pandemic for being endearingly clueless on Twitter, to the point that an art exhibit dedicated to her account was set up. Yes, really. Her career was detailed in the 2021 documentary Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over.
- Presenting Dionne Warwick
- Anyone Who Had a Heart
- Make Way for Dionne Warwick
- The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick
- Here I Am
- Here Where There Is Love
- On Stage and in the Movies
- The Windows of the World
- Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
- The Magic of Believing
- Promises, Promises
- I'll Never Fall in Love Again
- Very Dionne
- Just Being Myself
- Then Came You
- Track of the Cat
- Love at First Sight
- No Night So Long
- Friends in Love
- How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
- Finder of Lost Loves
- Reservations for Two
- Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter
- Friends Can Be Lovers
- Aquarela do Brasil
- Dionne Sings Dionne
- Dionne Sings Dionne, Vol. 2
- My Favorite Time of the Year
- My Friends & Me
- Why We Sing
- Only Trust Your Heart
- Feels So Good
- She's Back
- Dionne Warwick & the Voices of Christmas
Tropes in her music and stage persona:
- The Cover Changes the Gender: "This Guy's In Love With You," written by Bacharach and David, was first recorded by Herb Alpert and was a #1 hit in 1968. Dionne Warwick's cover "This Girl's In Love With You" charted the next year.
- Christmas Songs: The album Dionne Warwick & the Voices of Christmas (2019) is full of collaborations with other artists to sing Christmas songs.
- Domestic Abuse: "Check Out Time", about a woman who escapes her abusive husband and checks into a motel several hundred miles away, uncertain of what she'll do next.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She did backing vocals on "Mexican Divorce", a Bacharach song recorded by The Drifters (and the session is where the two first met).
- Friendship Song: "That's What Friends Are For", about the benefits of friendship, recorded by Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight (credited as "Dionne and Friends", and actually a cover of a song originally performed by Rod Stewart on the Night Shift soundtrack). Proceeds from the sales of the single benefited AIDS research.
- Location Song: The Bacharach composition "Do You Know The Way To San José?" about a native of San José who didn't make it in Los Angeles and thus returns to her hometown.
- Parody Assistance: Was a fan of Saturday Night Live's "The Dionne Warwick Talk Show", where Ego Nwodim portrays her as a lightly self-absorbed old woman who is clueless about today's pop culture. She popped up on the November 6, 2021 version of the skit to be interviewed by her impersonator, even singing a duet with her.
- Pride: In "Walk on By" she begs her old lover to ignore her so she can hang onto this.Foolish pride
That's all that I have left
So let me hide
The tears and the sadness you gave me
When you said goodbye
- Rewritten Pop Version: Both the title song and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" from Promises, Promises were recorded by Dionne Warwick and became hits during the original run.
- Stage Names: Her birth name is Dione Warrick; Warwick came from an early misspelling.
- Stepford Suburbia: "Paper Mache", written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.Twenty houses in a row
Eighty people watch a TV show
Paper people, cardboard dreams
How unreal the whole thing seems
- Temporary Name Change: In 1971, Dionne Warwick added an "e" to the end of her last name on the advice of an astrologer friend, but removed it after a few years.