It was June , and the singer, songwriter, and guitarist had just struck it big with his debut album, the eventual 9x-platinum-selling No. Ziggy and his siblings formed the band Melody Indulge yourself with the harmony of Dionne Warwick hits of all time.
Rise to Stardom
In , Warwick celebrated her 50th anniversary in the music business with the album Now. She filed for bankruptcy the following year. She comes from a gospel musical background as the daughter of a record promoter and a gospel group manager and performer. After finishing high school in , Warwick pursued her passion at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. She also landed some work with her group singing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York City. During one session, Warwick met Burt Bacharach. Bacharach hired her to record demos featuring songs written by him and lyricist Hal David. A record executive liked Warwick's demo so much that Warwick got her own record deal.
She is perhaps best known for her collaborations with such high-profile artists as Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow. Warrick was raised in a middle-class, racially integrated community in East Orange, New Jersey. Her family was both spiritually and musically inclined—her mother managed a renowned gospel choir, the Drinkard Singers, and her father became a gospel record promoter—and Dionne, as everyone called her, began singing in church at a young age. She often played piano or organ for the Drinkard Singers, and she sometimes sang in place of absent adult members. As a teen, she formed a group called the Gospelaires with her sister, Dee Dee. The group enjoyed relative success, singing backup for a number of musicians in local venues and on recordings. Warrick continued to perform with the Gospelaires after enrolling at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford , Connecticut, in She often made trips to New York to record with the group, and during one of these sessions she met composer and producer Burt Bacharach , who invited her to sing on some demos he was recording with lyricist Hal David.
Dionne Warwick is 79 and on fire. In she released two albums, kicked off a Vegas residency and won a lifetime achievement Grammy award. This year she has already done a turn on the US version of The Masked Singer — the reality TV show where artists perform songs incognito — and a UK tour is planned for autumn. Obscuring it would have been impossible, she adds. The shows are currently suspended.