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Dionne Warwick

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 12, 1940    

Dionne Warwick

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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Awards

NARAS Grammy Award 1968: "Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance" for the single, "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?."

NARAS Grammy Award 1970: "Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female" for the album, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".

NARAS Grammy Award 1979: "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female" for the single, "Déjà Vu."

NARAS Grammy Award 1979: "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female" for the single, "I'll Never Love This Way Again."

NARAS Grammy Award 1986: "Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal" for the single, "That's What Friends Are For."

NARAS Grammy Hall of Fame-Don't Make Me Over

NARAS Grammy Hall of Fame-Walk on By.

NARAS Grammy Hall of Fame-Alfie.

NARAS Grammy Nominations for:
Walk On By-1964; Alfie-1967; I Say A Little Prayer- 1967; This Girl's In Love With You-1969; Then Came You- 1974; That's What Friends Are For (Record of the Year)- 1986; Friends (Album)-1986.

Woman of the Year-1969 Harvard Hasty Pudding Society

Cannes Film Festival Nominee-Slaves-1969

Cash Box Magazine-#1 Female Vocalist-1964

Cash Box Magazine-#1 R & B Female Vocalist; #2 Pop- 1966

Cash Box Magazine-#2 R & B;# 2 Pop-1967

Cash Box Magazine-#2 R & B;# 2 Pop-1968

Cash Box Magazine-#1 Female Vocalist (Albums and Singles)-1969

Cash Box Magazine-#1 Female Vocalist (Albums and Singles)-1970

Cash Box Magazine-#1 Female Vocalist (Albums and Singles)-1971

NARM (National Association of Record Mercandisers) #1 Popular Vocalist-Female 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970,1971.

Playboy Magazine Music Poll-Top Female Vocalist-1971;
Playboy's All-Star Band for 1971-Female Vocals

The first People's Choice for Favorite Female Singer (1975)-

WINNER-1980 Tokyo Intl POP Music Festival for her performance of "FEELING OLD FEELINGS" from her Arista debut album "DIONNE" produced by Barry Manilow. The song was awarded Song of the Year...the equivalent of the Japanese Grammy.

Mayors Award and Key to the City-San Jose, California- 1968

NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year-1986

American Music Awards-Special Recognition- "That's What Friends Are For"-1987

Billboard Music Awards-# 1 Single of the Year-"That's What Friends Are For"-1987

ACE Award Nominee for "Sisters in the Name of Love"- Dionne Warwick (HBO-1987)

United States Ambassador of Health-Appointed by Ronald Reagan-1987

ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award-1998

National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame-Hitmaker Award-2001

ASCAP Heroes Award-2002

United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-appointed 2002

Women's World Award-Lifetime Achievement Award-2003

Rhythm & Blues Foundation-Lifetime Achievement Award- 2003

American Society of Young Musicians-Luminary Award- 1997

National Music Foundation-Cultural Impact Award-1998

NABFEME Shero Award (The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment)-2006

The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival- Lifetime Career Achievement Award-2006

Miami Dade Life Time Achievement Award-2007 and Dionne Warwick Day-May 25

Kleenex American Hero Award-1987

Starlight Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award

Bella Rackoff Women in Film Humanitarian Award

Trumpet Awards-Living Legend Award-2007

Lincoln Elementary School in East Orange, NJ, honored her by renaming it to the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship

  • The Best Of Dionne Warwick Live

    Arista
    2008
  • My Friends and Me

    Concord Music Group
    2007
  • My Friends & Me

    Arista
    2006
  • The Definitive Collection

    Arista
    1999
  • Friends In Love

    Arista
    1993
  • Ses Plus Grands Succes

    Arista
    1991
  • Sings Cole Porter

    Arista
    1990
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