Marie Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey) is an American pop and contemporary R&B singer.
Warwick was raised in a New Jersey family heavily associated with gospel choirs, which she and her sister, Dee Dee Warwick, performed in growing up. She was also first cousins with Whitney Houston. Her career took off when she was discovered by composer Burt Bacharach, who initially hired her to record demos for him and lyricist Hal David. This marked the start of a fruitful long-time collaboration, with Bacharach and David writing many of Warwick's biggest hits including "Don't Make Me Over", "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "Walk on By", "Message to Michael", "Alfie", "I Say a Little Prayer", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?", and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".
Warwick worked steadily throughout The '60s. Her career stalled a bit during The '70s following a fallout with Bacharach and David,note but in 1979 she moved to Arista Records, where she would enjoy a resurgence in popularity with hits like "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Déjà Vu", "Heartbreaker", "Love Power" (with Jeffrey Osborne), and the chart-topping "That's What Friends Are For" (a superteam collaboration with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder). Overall one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, with dozens of albums and numerous hit singles to her credit, Warwick continued to release new 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. During the 2020s COVID-19 Pandemic she gained a measure of late-career notoriety for being endearingly clueless on Twitter, to the point where an art exhibit dedicated to her account was set up. Yes, really. Warwick's career was detailed in the 2021 documentary Dionne Warwick Dont Make Me Over.
Dionne Warwick discography:
- 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", a song about the benefits of friendship, written by Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager and 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.