Dionne Warwick

2013 Howard Theatre Restoration Honoree

Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of five-time Grammy Award winning music legend, DIONNE WARWICK, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records. After being discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1961, she had her first hit in 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over.” Less than a decade later, she had released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,””Promises Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, the theme from “Valley of the Dolls, among others.

In 1974, she hit the top of the charts with “Then Came You,” a million-selling duet with The Spinners and again in 1976, with the Barry Manilow-produced Platinum-selling album, “Dionne,” with back-to-back Grammy-winning hits “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Déjà vu.” Warwick’s 1982 album, “Heartbreaker,” co-produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, became an international chart-topper. In 1985, she reunited with Burt Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to record the landmark song “That’s What Friends Are For,” a number one hit record around the world and the first song dedicated to raising awareness and global funds for AMFAR.

Warwick was recently inducted into the GRAMMY MUSEUM in Los Angeles where a special 50th Anniversary exhibit was unveiled and an historic program and performance was held. Warwick’s pride and joy are her two sons, singer recording artist David Elliott and award-winning music producer Damon Elliott.

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