Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick
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Dionne Warwick
Music: South side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress | Singer
Born Dec. 12, 1940 in East Orange, N.J.

Dionne Warwick is one of pop’s most elegant – and intelligent – singers. Her collaborations with the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David made her one of the rock era’s most popular artists, though her style isn’t rock 'n' roll; it’s sophisticated pop with a soul twist, capturing the complexities of the post-war era of "mad men" and modern women.

Warwick grew up singing gospel and, while studying music in college, sang backup for the likes of Dinah Washington and Solomon Burke. Bacharach asked her to sing on a demo that he shopped to Scepter Records; the label's president, Florence Greenberg, famously said she didn’t want the song – she wanted the girl.

After that, Warwick and Bacharach/David created unforgettable hits including "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "This Girl's In Love With You," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Message to Michael." The female equivalent to Nat King Cole, Warwick was a border-crosser who kept her roots in gospel and R&B while effortlessly adopting the aura of cocktail jazz, Brazilian music and sentimental ballads.

Later in her career, Warwick became known as a humanitarian while still achieving popular success. Her 1982 single "That’s What Friends Are For" helped motivate AIDS awareness in the music industry, and more recently she has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She continues to record and tour, dividing her time between the U.S. and Brazil.

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