Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 73rd birthday today (December 12th). Warwick recently received a Grammy nom in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for her Now collection. USA Today reported this week that Warwick will release a new duets album, called Feels So Good in May. Among the special guests singing on the set are Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley. Feels So Good will feature "new songs and covers of classic hits."
In 2011 Warwick wrote her autobiography called, My Life As I See It, which was co-written by David Freedman Wooley and published by Simon & Schuster. Warwick's maternal aunt is legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston -- the mother of the late Whitney Houston.
Warwick will always be best known for her classic 1960's hits written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, including "Don't Make Me Over," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Walk On By", "Alfie," "I Say A Little Prayer," "(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," and many others.
Warwick was asked if she could sum up why she and Bacharach and David were such a formidable creative team: "I think the magic of what Bacharach-David-Warwick was -- the fact that I did do every single song that they wrote in the form of a demonstration record, and/or I was a part of the background group that did when they wrote songs for the Drifters or any other person that they were recording -- we just knew that there was a chemistry that absolutely worked with the three of us."
Warwick's hits continued through the '70s and '80s including "Heartbreaker," which was co-written and produced by the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, "I'll Never Love This Way Again," and the Number One hits "Then Came You" with the Spinners and "That's What Friends Are For" with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder.
Warwick said that she couldn't pick one decade in her nearly 50-year career that was more important than the others artistically: "I learned from each one. The fact is that I grew with each one of them, so it's hard to say that one was bigger or better than the other."
Dionne Warwick will next perform on January 18th in Brooks, California at Cache Creek Casino Resort.
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