East Orange, NJ-born Dionne Warwick hails from a family of activists in the music business, with her dad remembered as a Gospel record promoter for Chess Records and her mom as the manager of The Drinkard Singers with whom she would do her first TV performances in the second half of the 50’s.
In 1958, she along with Myrna Utley, Carol Slade, and her sister Delia (aka Dee Dee Warwick), formed their own group, which they called The Gospelaires.
The end of 1962 saw her releasing her first solo single by the likes of the memorable ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ on Scepter Records. This would be the very first of an impressive list of timeless standards including the 1963 released ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, recorded during the same session that yielded the aforementioned, along with songwriters/producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
A song given many cover versions along with time, by the likes of artists such as Isaac Hayes, Average White Band, D-Train and Sybil to name but a few…
Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most charted female vocalist of all time, with 69 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.