"Dionne Warwick" (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, as "Marie Dionne Warrick") is an American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers.
Born to parents were Mansel Warrick and Lee Drinkard, Dionne Warrick began singing gospel with her family, and started her professional career after graduating from the University of Hartford. In the earliest stage of her career, she sang backing vocals on records by Chuck Jackson, Dinah Washington and Solomon Burke, among others. Her first solo single was 1962's "Don't Make Me Over", the title (according to legend) supplied by Warrick herself when she snapped the phrase at producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David during an arduous recording session. From the phrase, Bacharach and David created an elegant R&B recording, which became a top 40 pop hit in the US (and a top 5 US R&B hit.) Famously, Warrick's name was misspelled on the credits, and she soon began using the new spelling (i.e., "''War"''w"''ick''") both professionally and personally.
The two immediate follow-ups to "Don't Make Me Over" were largely unsuccessful, but 1964's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" wa...
|Born||December 12, 1940|
|Origin||East Orange, New Jersey|
|Years active||1962 - present|
|Associated acts||Burt Bacharach, The Spinners, Isaac Hayes|