Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

Active - 1969 - 2023  |   Born - Dec 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Music, Drama, Comedy

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Pop singer, onscreen in occasional dramatic roles from 1969.

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  • Sang gospel as a child with her family.
  • Filled in as a vocalist for the Drinkard Singers, which consisted of her mother Lee and various relatives.
  • While in her teens, formed a gospel group called the Gospelaires with her sister Dee Dee.
  • Early in her career, sang background vocals for Chuck Jackson, Dinah Washington and others.
  • Started her illustrious collaboration with Burt Bacharach and his partner Hal David when they heard her singing with the Drifters.
  • Started using the name "Warwick" instead of her birth name "Warrick" when it was accidentally misspelled on her first single.
  • Sang on the hit 1985 charity singles "We Are the World" and "That's What Friends Are For."
  • Created her own collection of electronic greeting cards for DoozyCards.
  • Is active in HIV/AIDS fund-raising efforts, and has served as the U.S. Ambassador for Health and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.