The roots of pop soul powerhouse Dionne Warwick

Aug 21, 2018



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 Grammy-winning artist Dionne Warwick has achieved legendary status worldwide with an unparalleled string of hits from the 1960s through the 1980s that remain popular among audiences of all ages today. Beginning with her debut single, "Don't Make Me Over," Dionne became a pop-soul powerhouse, demonstrating a remarkable range of emotions with dozens of further song standards written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David such as "Walk On By," "I Say A Little Prayer" and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again." She enjoyed a renaissance a decade later and continues to perform the world over.

Dionne Warwick
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MY MUSIC: DIONNE WARWICK - THEN CAME YOU traces the singer's musical roots in the church, where she first performed in a gospel group. She became a background singer performing with classic R&B artists, leading to her discovery by songwriter-producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who formed a three-way musical marriage with Warwick on countless hits including "Walk On By," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."

Among the friends and colleagues celebrating Warwick in the new PBS musical biography are Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis and Gladys Knight, who joined Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder for the smash anthem "That's What Friends Are For" in 1985 to raise funds and awareness of the rising AIDS epidemic.

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