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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 12, 1940

It is easier to define Dionne Warwick by what she isn't rather than what she is. Although she grew up singing in church, she is not a gospel singer. Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are clear influences, but she is not a jazz singer. R&B is also part of her background, but she is not really a soul singer, either, at least not in the sense that Aretha Franklin is. Sophisticated is a word often used to describe her musical approach and the music she sings, but she is not a singer of standards such as Lena Horne or Nancy Wilson. What is she, then? She is a pop singer of a sort that perhaps could only have emerged out of the Brill Building environment of post-Elvis Presley, pre-Beatles urban pop in the early '60s. That's when she hooked up with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, songwriters and producers who wrote their unusually complicated songs for her aching yet detached alto voice. Warwick is inescapably associated with those songs, even though she managed to build a career after leaving Bacharach and David that drew upon their style for other memorable recordings, such that she remains a unique figure in popular music....
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Featured recording “My Friends and Me”

My Friends and Me

Concord Music Group
2007
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    The Best Of Dionne Warwick Live

    Arista
    2008
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    My Friends and Me

    Concord Music Group
    2007
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    My Friends & Me

    Arista
    2006
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    The Definitive Collection

    Arista
    1999
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    Friends In Love

    Arista
    1993
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    Ses Plus Grands Succes

    Arista
    1991
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    Sings Cole Porter

    Arista
    1990
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