Dionne Warwick – Biography
Dionne Warwick was born on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey. Her full name is Marie Dionne Warrick. The name Warwick came about later in her life due to a misspelling in one of her early album. Coming from a family of singers, Dionne’s mother, aunts and uncles were members of the Drinkard Singers, the renowned family gospel group and RCA recording artists that frequently performed throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In 1958, Warwick graduated from East Orange High School, earning herself a Scholarship in Music Education to the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. This was also place where she would eventually earn her Doctorate of Music Education in 1973.
Dionne Warwick released her first solo single for Scepter Records in November 1962. The song’s title was “Don’t Make Me Over” and it went on to become a hit which put Warwick into the limelight. Immediately after this first success, 2 follow up singles were released but only managed to receive lukewarm response.
In December 1963, Warwick released er fourth single, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. The single became Warwick’s first top 10 pop hit, reaching number 8 in the U.S. and also became an international hit. It was a million seller that solidified her career. For the rest of the 1960s, Warwick was a fixture on the U.S. and Canadian charts, and much of Warwick’s output from 1962 to 1971 was written and produced by the Bacharach/David team.
The mid-1960s to early 1970s became an even more successful time period for Warwick, who saw a string of Gold selling albums and Top 20 and Top 10 hit singles.
Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955–2012), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Warwick ranks second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist with 56 singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.