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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 and filmography:

  1. Presenting Dionne Warwick
  2. Anyone Who Had a Heart
  3. Make Way for Dionne Warwick
  4. The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick
  5. Here I Am
  6. Here Where There Is Love
  7. On Stage and in the Movies
  8. The Windows of the World
  9. Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
  10. The Magic of Believing
  11. Promises, Promises
  12. Soulful
  13. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  14. Very Dionne
  15. Dionne
  16. Just Being Myself
  17. Then Came You
  18. Track of the Cat
  19. Love at First Sight
  20. Dionne
  21. No Night So Long
  22. Friends in Love
  23. Heartbreaker
  24. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
  25. Finder of Lost Loves
  26. Friends
  27. Reservations for Two
  28. Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter
  29. Friends Can Be Lovers
  30. Aquarela do Brasil
  31. Dionne Sings Dionne
  32. Dionne Sings Dionne, Vol. 2
  33. My Favorite Time of the Year
  34. My Friends & Me
  35. Why We Sing
  36. Only Trust Your Heart
  37. Now
  38. Feels So Good
  39. She's Back
  40. 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" on Very Dionne, about a woman who escapes her abusive husband and checks into a motel several hundred miles away, uncertain of what she'll do next. The arrangement hints at physical abuse with a few very prominent loud bass drum beats in the bridge.
  • 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.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Do You Know the Way to San José?" is bouncy, with a catchy "wo-wo-wo-wo" background vocal hook, but lyrically it's a sad song about broken dreams and alienation from one's roots.
  • 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.


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