Dionne Warwick, singer
Singer
birth name: Marie Dionne Warrick

Dionne Warwick

December 12, 1940, East Orange, NJ

“My grandfather told me, ‘If you can think it, you can do it,’ ” she said. “That became my mantra. He gave me enormous encouragement and confidence at a very young age.” ~ Wall Street Journal: The Copycats' Source ~ October 15, 2010 © Wall Street Journal

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December 12, 1970 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Brian Hyland, Gypsy Woman ~ #2 (1) The Partridge Family, I Think I Love You ~ #1 (2) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Tears Of A Clown

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It is easier to define Dionne Warwick by what she isn't rather than what she is. Although she grew up singing in church, she is not a gospel singer. Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are clear influences, but she is not a jazz singer. R&B is also part of her background, but she is not really a soul singer, either, at least not in the sense that Aretha Franklin is. Sophisticated is a word often used to describe her musical approach and the music she sings, but she is not a singer of standards such as Lena Horne or Nancy Wilson. What is she, then? She is a pop singer of a sort that perhaps could only have emerged out of the Brill Building environment of post-Elvis Presley, pre-Beatles urban pop in the early '60s ~ Allmusic: Dionne Warwick ~ retrieved December 14, 2014 © Allmusic

Dionne Warwick ~ Ranked #79 Q Magazine 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time in 2007.



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