DIONNE WARWICK FACTS:
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop
Hometown: East Orange, New Jersey
Albums: Presenting Dionne Warwick (1963); Anyone Who Had a Heart (1964); Make Way for Dionne Warwick (1964); The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick (1965); Here I Am (1965); Here Where There Is Love (1966); The Windows of the World (1967); The Magic of Believing (1968); Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls (1968); Promises, Promises (1968); Soulful (1969); I'll Never Fall in Love Again (1970); Very Dionne (1970); Dionne (1972); Just Being Myself (1973); Then Came You (1975); Track of the Cat (1975); Love at First Sight (1977); Dionne (1979); No Night So Long (1980); Friends in Love (1982); Heartbreaker (1982); How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (1983); Finder of Lost Loves (1985); Friends (1985); Reservations for Two (1987); Friends Can Be Lovers (1993); Aquarela do Brazil (1994); My Friends & Me (2006); Why We Sing (2008);
Awards: 6 Grammy Awards
Hits: "I Say a Little Prayer," "Then Came You," "That's What Friends Are For"
Other: 2nd Most Charted Female Vocalist with 56 singles in the Billboard Hot 100.
Few artists have been quite as prolific as Dionne Warwick. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, the soulful singer has performed with everyone from Burt Bacharach to Aretha Franklin, and during her time in the spotlight she has charted 56 singles. Though Warwick is 70-years-old, she remains a visible member of the music world and a favorite among fans.
Warwick's career began as a young 22-year-old singer in the early 1960s. Soon after signing her first recording contract she released her debut single, "Don't Make Me Over," in 1962. The song was a moderate hit and entered the top 40 - the first of many for the up-and-coming singer. Throughout much of the '60s, while most of the world was celebrating the British Invasion, Warwick still managed to be a popular act in the U.S. and overseas, and in 1966 she released the album Here Where There Is Love, which was certified gold.
Warwick's success reached a new high in 1967 thanks to the single "I Say a Little Prayer," which peaked at number four on the U.S. charts. The hit remains one of her most popular songs, and typified the impressive string of hits she had in the late '60s, which included "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "This Girl's in Love with You."
Although she had a whirlwind decade in the 1960s, the '70s were not as kind to Warwick. However, her career had an impressive rebound in the '80s with the release of the 1982 album Heartbreaker. The record's title track signaled a return to the top 10 for Warwick and sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States. Throughout the rest of the decade, she continued to produce and release popular records, and her humanitarian efforts increased as well, highlighted by her contribution to the legendary song "We Are the World."
Since the late '80s, Warwick's production has slowly decreased, but it certainly has not ended. In 2006, she recorded My Friends and Me, an album of duets with some of the music industry's most popular singers. The record featured contributions from Gloria Estefan, Wynonna Judd and Olivia Netwon-John.
Though she's been performing for decades, Warwick continues to be a favorite among fans, and if her inclusion on the 2011 show Celebrity Apprentice is any indication, she's not calling it quits anytime soon.