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Dionne Warwick

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Dionne Warwick on the cover of her Christmas album My Favorite Time of the Year

Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940 as Dionne Warrick) is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters. She began singing gospel with her family. Her first solo single was 1963's "Don't Make Me Over"; her name was misspelled on the credits, and she soon began using the new spelling ("Warwick"). The song was a moderate hit, but the follow-ups were unsuccessful until 1964's "Anyone Who Had a Heart". This was followed by "Walk on By", a major hit that launched her career into the stratosphere.

Warwick weathered the British Invasion better than most American artists, and she released only a few minor hits in the UK during the late 1960s, most notably 1966's "Message to Michael". A 1967 LP called Here Where There Is Love became a big hit, as did her single "I Say a Little Prayer." Her next big hit was unusual in that was not written by Bacharach and David; "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls" was a smash success, as was the follow-up, "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?". More hits and a few Grammies followed in the last two years of the 1960s. Her career slowed greatly in the 1970s, with no big hits until 1974's "Then Came You" with the Spinners. A five-year hiatus ensued, ending with "I'll Never Love This Way Again", produced by Barry Manilow. The accompanying album, Dionne, was her first to go platinum.

Warwick's next hit was her 1982 full-length collaboration with the Bee Gees, Heartbreaker. In 1986, Warwick led the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder; it was a number one hit, and garnered Warwick's fifth Grammy.

Her career took a major downturn in the 1990s, with only a few moderate-selling albums released and no major singles. During this period, she was perhaps best known for hosting infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, a 900 number psychic service.

In 2002, Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana. Miami-Dade Police officers reported finding 11 marijuana cigarettes inside a lipstick container. Drug charges were dropped when she agreed to complete a drug treatment program, donate $250 to charity, and make an anti-drug public service announcement directed at youth[1] (http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread13055.shtml).

Warwick's sister Dee Dee Warwick also had a successful singing career, scoring a Top 20 R&B hit in the form of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" in 1967. One of Warwick's cousins is Whitney Houston. Dionne Warwick along Olivia Newton John were singer Karen Carpenter's best friends (The Carpenters)

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