Dionne Warwick Biography
Dionne Warwick(full name: Marie Dionne Warwick)is an American singer, actress, and television show host who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador of Health.
She ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998, and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.
Dionne Warwick Age
Dionne is 74 years old as of 2018. She was born on 12 December 1940 in Orange, New Jersey, United States.
Dionne Warwick Children
Dionne Warwick married actor and drummer William David Elliott (1934–1983), in 1966; but they divorced in May 1967. They later reconciled and were remarried in August 1967.
In January 1969, she gave birth to her first son, David Elliott. In 1973, her second son Damon Elliott was born. In May 1975, the couple separated again.
Damon Elliott is a successful music producer, working with artists including Beyoncé, Pink, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.
Dionne Warwick Husband
William David Elliott(husband of Dionne Warwick) was an African American actor and musician. He had a recurring role in Bridget Loves Bernie as Otis Foster and a recurring role as Officer Gus Grant in The New Adam-12. He also appeared in Elvis Presley’s 1969 film Change of Habit.
She married actor and drummer William David Elliott (1934–1983) (CBS’ Bridget Loves Bernie – 1972–73) in 1966; they divorced in May 1967. They reconciled and were remarried in Milan, Italy, in August 1967.
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Dionne Warwick Net Worth
Dionne Warwick is an American singer and actress with a net worth of -$10 million. Dionne filed for bankruptcy on March 21st in New Jersey after discovering that she owed more than 10.2 million in taxes.
According to her publicist Kevin Sasaki, the legendary singer cited fiscal mismanagement as the main reason she owed so much to the point of being broke. Dionne believes that most of the supposed negligent and gross financial mismanagement occurred in the late 1980s through the 1990s when she was still active career-wise.
Dionne Warwick listed her average monthly income as being just $20,950, with expenses totaling $20,940. As Sasaki puts it, Dionne had reportedly paid back her taxes and that what she owed amounted to an interest that accrued on those taxes.
Sasaki said that when the authorities notified her about the extent of her tax liabilities, she repeatedly attempted to offer re-payment plans and proposals to the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board for taxes owed. They, however, rejected these plans which resulted in escalating interest and penalties.
Dionne Warwick Death
Dionne is alive.
Dionne Warwick Family
Marie Dionne Warrick was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Mancel Warrick and Lee Drinkard. Her mother was a manager of the Drinkard Singers, and her father was a Pullman porter, chef, record promoter and CPA. She was named after her aunt on her mother’s side.
She had a sister, Delia (“Dee Dee”), who died in 2008, and a brother, Mancel Jr., who was killed in an accident in 1968 at age 21. Her parents were both African American, and she also has Native American, Brazilian and Dutch ancestry.
She was raised in East Orange, New Jersey, and was a Girl Scout for a period of time. After finishing East Orange High School in 1959, 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, who hired her to record demos featuring songs written by him and lyricist Hal David. She later landed her own record deal.
Dionne Warwick Granddaughter
Cheyenne Elliott, she is granddaughter to Dionne. Cheyenne learned her craft and drew innately from being born into a family of music royalty, including her grandmother-the iconic Dionne-and late superstar cousin Whitney Houston. Cheyenne’s talent was recognized at the tender age of 9 years old, at which time she started singing in public.
Diddy delivers the hard truth to Dionne Warwick’s granddaughter on ‘The Four’ There was music royalty in the audience on The Four when Cheyenne Elliott brought her grandma, the legendary Dionne Warwick, to the show. With singers like Dionne and Whitney Houston in her family tree, the pressure was on for Cheyenne.
Dionne Warwick Personal life
Dionne married actor and drummer William David Elliott (1934–1983) (CBS’ Bridget Loves Bernie – 1972–73) in 1966; they divorced in May 1967. They reconciled and were remarried in Milan, Italy, in August 1967, according to Time.
On January 18, 1969, while living in East Orange, New Jersey, she gave birth to her first son, David Elliott. In 1973, her second son Damon Elliott was born. On May 30, 1975, the couple separated and she was granted a divorce in December 1975 in Los Angeles.
The court denied Elliott’s request for $2000 a month in support pending a community property trial, and for $5000, when he insisted he was making $500 a month in comparison to Warwick making $100,000 a month. She stated in Don’t Make Me Over: Dionne, a 2002 Biography Channel interview, “I was the breadwinner.
The male ego is a fragile thing. It’s hard when the woman is the breadwinner. All my life, the only man who ever took care of me financially was my father. I have always taken care of myself.”
In 2002 she was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana. It was discovered that she had 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her carry-on luggage, hidden in a lipstick container. She was charged with possessing marijuana totaling less than five grams.
Warwick made the Top 250 Delinquent Taxpayers List published in October 2007. California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 19195 directs the Franchise Tax Board to publish an annual list of the top 250 taxpayers with liened state income tax delinquencies greater than $100,000 in an effort to collect money from those taxpayers, some of whom have been delinquent since 1987.
Warwick was listed with a tax delinquency of $2,665,305.83 in personal income tax and a tax lien was filed July 24, 1997. The IRS eventually discovered that a large portion of the lien was due to an accounting error, and revoked $1.2mil of the tax lien in 2009.
She lived in Brazil, a country she first visited in the early 1960s, until 2005, according to an interview with JazzWax, when she moved back to the United States to be near her ailing mother and sister. She became so entranced by Brazil that she studied Portuguese and divided her time between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
In April 2010, in an interview on talk-show Programa do Jô, she said Brazil was the place where she intended to spend the rest of her life after retiring.
In 1993, her older son David, a former Los Angeles police officer, co-wrote with Terry Steele the Warwick-Whitney Houston duet “Love Will Find a Way”, featured on her album, Friends Can Be Lovers. Since 2002, he has periodically toured with and performed duets with his mother and had his acting debut in the film Ali as the singer Sam Cooke. David became a singer-songwriter, with Luther Vandross’ “Here and Now” among others to his credit.
Her second son, Damon Elliott, is also a noted music producer, who has worked with Mýa, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Keyshia Cole. He arranged and produced his mother’s 2006 Concord release My Friends and Me. She received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in the Traditional Pop Category for her 2013 album release, Now.
On January 24, 2015, Warwick was hospitalized after a fall in the shower at her home. After ankle surgery, she was released from the hospital. Read also Darius Rucker
Dionne Warwick Career
Many of Warwick’s family were members of the Drinkard Singers, a renowned family gospel group and RCA recording artists who frequently performed throughout the New York metropolitan area.
The original group (known as the Drinkard Jubilairs) consisted of Cissy, Anne, Larry, and Nicky, and later included Warwick’s grandparents, Nicholas and Delia Drinkard, and their children: William, Lee (Warwick’s mother) and Hansom.
Marie instructed the group, and they were managed by Lee. As they became more successful, Lee and Marie began performing with the group, and they were augmented by pop/R&B singer Judy Clay, whom Lee had unofficially adopted.
Elvis Presley eventually expressed an interest in having them join his touring entourage. Dionne began singing gospel as a child at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
Other singers joined the Gospelaires from time to time, including Judy Clay, Cissy Houston and Doris “Rikii” Troy, whose chart selection “Just One Look,” when she recorded it in 1963, featured backing vocals from the Gospelaires. After personnel changes (Dionne and Doris left the group after achieving solo success), the Gospelaires became the recording group the Sweet Inspirations, who had some chart success but were much sought-after as studio background singers.
The Gospelaires and later the Sweet Inspirations performed on many records cut in New York City for artists such as Garnet Mimms, the Drifters, Jerry Butler, Solomon Burke and later Warwick’s recordings, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.
Warwick recalled, in her 2002 A&E Biography, that “a man came running frantically backstage at the Apollo and said he needed background singers for a session for Sam “the Man” Taylor and old big-mouth here spoke up and said ‘We’ll do it!’ and we left and did the session. I wish I remembered the gentleman’s name because he was responsible for the beginning of my professional career.”
The backstage encounter led to the group being asked to sing background sessions at recording studios in New York. Soon, the group was in demand in New York music circles for their background work for such artists as the Drifters, Ben E. King, Chuck Jackson, Dinah Washington, Ronnie “the Hawk” Hawkins, and Solomon Burke, among many others.
Warwick remembered, in her A&E Biography, that after school, they would catch a bus from East Orange to the Port Authority Terminal, then take the subway to record studios in Manhattan, perform their background gigs and be back at home in East Orange in time to do their school homework. Her background vocal work would continue while Warwick pursued her studies at Hartt.
While she was performing background on the Drifters’ recording of “Mexican Divorce,” Warwick’s voice and star presence were noticed by the song’s composer, Burt Bacharach, a Brill Building songwriter who was writing songs with many other songwriters, including lyricist Hal David.
According to a July 14, 1967 article on Warwick in Time, Bacharach stated, “She has a tremendous strong side and a delicacy when singing softly — like miniature ships in bottles.” Musically, she was “no play-safe girl. What emotion I could get away with!” And what complexity, compared with the usual run of pop songs.
During the session, Bacharach asked Warwick if she would be interested in recording demonstration recordings of his compositions to pitch the tunes to record labels.
One such demo, “It’s Love That Really Counts” — destined to be recorded by Scepter-signed act the Shirelles — caught the attention of the President of Scepter Records, Florence Greenberg, who, according to Current Biography (1969 Yearbook), told Bacharach, “Forget the song, get the girl!”
Warwick was signed to Bacharach’s and David’s production company, according to Warwick, which in turn was signed to Scepter Records in 1962 by Greenberg. The partnership would provide Bacharach with the freedom to produce Warwick without the control of recording company executives and company A&R men.
Warwick’s musical ability and education would also allow Bacharach to compose more challenging tunes. The demo version of “It’s Love That Really Counts”, along with her original demo of “Make It Easy on Yourself”, would surface on Warwick’s debut Scepter album, Presenting Dionne Warwick, which was released in early 1963.
In November 1962, Scepter Records released her first solo single, “Don’t Make Me Over”, the title of which (according to the A&E Biography of Dionne Warwick) Warwick supplied herself when she snapped the phrase at producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David in anger.
Warwick had found out that “Make It Easy on Yourself” — a song on which she had recorded the original demo and had wanted to be her first single release — had been given to another artist, Jerry Butler. From the phrase “don’t make me over”, Bacharach and David created their first top 40 pop hit (#21) and a top 5 U.S. R&B hit. Warrick’s name was misspelled on the single’s label, and she began using the new spelling (i.e., “Warwick”) both professionally and personally.
According to the July 14, 1967 Time magazine article, after “Don’t Make Me Over” hit in 1962, she answered the call of her manager (“C’ mon, baby, you gotta go”), left school and went on a tour of France, where critics crowned her “Paris’ Black Pearl,” having been introduced on stage at Paris Olympia that year by Marlene Dietrich.
Rhapsodized Jean Monteaux in Arts: “The play of this voice makes you think sometimes of an eel, of a storm, of a cradle, a knot of seaweed, a dagger. It is not a voice so much as an organ. You could write fugues for Warwick’s voice.”
The two immediate follow-ups to “Don’t Make Me Over” — “This Empty Place” (with “B” side “Wishin’ and Hopin’ ” later recorded by Dusty Springfield) and “Make The Music Play” — charted briefly in the top 100.
Her fourth single, “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” released in November 1963, was Warwick’s first top 10 pop hit (#8) in the U.S. and also an international million seller. This was followed by “Walk On By” in April 1964, a major international hit and million sellers that solidified her career.
For the rest of the 1960s, Warwick was a fixture on the U.S. and Canadian charts, and much of her output from 1962 to 1971 was written and produced by the Bacharach/David team.
Warwick weathered the British Invasion better than most American artists. Her biggest UK hits were “Walk On By” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” In the UK, a number of Bacharach-David-Warwick songs were recorded by British singers Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, and Dusty Springfield, most notably Black’s “Anyone Who Had a Heart” which went to No. 1 in the UK.
This upset Warwick, who described feeling insulted when told that in the UK, record company executives wanted her songs recorded by someone else. Warwick even met Cilla Black while on tour in Britain. She recalled what she said to her: “I told her that “You’re My World” would be my next single in the States.
I honestly believe that if I’d sneezed on my next record, then Cilla would have sneezed on hers too. There was no imagination in her recording.” Warwick later covered two of Cilla’s songs – “You’re My World” appeared on Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, released in 1968 and on the soundtrack to Alfie.
Warwick was named the Bestselling Female Vocalist in the Cash Box Magazine poll in 1964, with six chart hits in that year. Cash Box named her the Top Female Vocalist in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
In the 1967 Cash Box poll, she was second to Petula Clark, and in 1968’s poll second to Aretha Franklin. Playboy’s influential Music Poll of 1970 named her the Top Female Vocalist. In 1969, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Society named her Woman of the Year.
In the May 21, 1965 Time cover article entitled “The Sound of the Sixties,” Warwick’s sound was described as follows
Swinging World. Scholarly articles probe the relationship between the Beatles and the nouvelle vague films of Jean-Luc Godard, discuss “the brio and elegance” of Dionne Warwick’s singing style as a ‘pleasurable but complex’ event to be ‘experienced without condescension.’
In chic circles, anyone damning rock ‘n’ roll is labeled not only square but uncultured. For inspirational purposes, such hip artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol occasionally paint while listening to rock ‘n’ roll music. Explains Warhol: “It makes me mindless, and I paint better.” After gallery openings in Manhattan, the black-tie gatherings often adjourn to a discothèque.
In 1965, Eon Productions intended to use Warwick’s song titled “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” as the theme song of Thunderball until Albert Broccoli insisted that the theme song include the film’s title. A new song was composed and recorded in the eleventh hour titled “Thunderball”, performed by Tom Jones.
The melody of “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” remains a major component of the film score. The Ultimate Edition DVD of Thunderball has the Warwick song playing over the titles on one of the commentary track extras, and the song was released on the 30th anniversary CD of Bond songs.
In 2004, Warwick’s first Christmas album was released. The CD, entitled My Favorite Time of the Year featured jazzy interpretations of many holiday classics. In 2007, Rhino Records re-released the CD with new cover art.
In 2005, Warwick was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball. She appeared on the May 24, 2006, fifth-season finale of American Idol. Millions of U.S. viewers watched Warwick sing a medley of “Walk On By” and “That’s What Friends Are For”, with longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach accompanying her on the piano.
In 2006, Warwick signed with Concord Records after a fifteen-year tenure at Arista, which had ended in 1994. Her first and only release for the label was My Friends and Me, a duets album containing reworkings of her old hits, very similar to her 1998 CD Dionne Sings Dionne.
Among her singing partners were Gloria Estefan, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire. The album peaked at #66 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album was produced by her son, Damon Elliott. A follow-up album featuring Warwick’s old hits as duets with male vocalists was planned, but the project was canceled.
The relationship with Concord concluded with the release of My Friends and Me. A compilation CD of her greatest hits and love songs, The Love Collection, entered the UK pop charts at number 27 on February 16, 2008.
Warwick’s second gospel album, “Why We Sing”, was released on February 26, 2008, in the United Kingdom and on April 1, 2008, in the United States. The album features guest spots by her sister Dee Dee Warwick and BeBe Winans.
On October 18, 2008, Dee Dee died in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey. She had been in failing health for several months.
On November 24, 2008, Warwick was the star performer on “Divas II”, a UK ITV1 special. The show also featured Rihanna, Leona Lewis, the Sugababes, Pink, Gabriella Cilmi, and Anastacia.
In 2008, Warwick began recording an album of songs from the Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf songbooks. The finished recording, entitled Only Trust Your Heart, was released in 2011.
On October 20, 2009, Starlight Children’s Foundation and New Gold Music Ltd. released a song that Warwick had recorded about ten years prior called “Starlight”. The lyrics were written by Dean Pitchford, the prolific writer of Fame, screenwriter of — and sole or joint lyricist of every song in the soundtrack of — the original 1984 film Footloose, and lyricist of the Solid Gold theme.
The music had been composed by Bill Goldstein, whose versatile career included the original music for NBC’s Fame TV series. Warwick, Pitchford, and Goldstein announced that they would be donating 100% of their royalties to Starlight Children’s Foundation, to support Starlight’s mission to help seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
When Bill and Dean brought this song to me, I instantly felt connected to its message of shining a little light into the lives of people who need it most”, said Warwick. “I admire the work of Starlight Children’s Foundation and know that if the song brings hope to even just one sick child, we have succeeded.
In 2011, the New Jazz style CD Only Trust Your Heart was released, featuring many Sammy Cahn songs. In March 2011, Warwick appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice 4. Her charity was the Hunger Project. She was dismissed from her “apprenticeship” to Donald Trump during the fourth task of the season.
In February 2012, Warwick performed “Walk On By” on The Jonathan Ross Show. She also received the Goldene Kamera Musical Lifetime Achievement Award in Germany and performed “That’s What Friends Are For” at the ceremony.
On May 28, 2012, Warwick headlined the World Hunger Day concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She sang the anthem, One World One Song, specially written for the Hunger Project by Tony Hatch and Tim Holder and was joined by Joe McElderry, the London Community Gospel Choir and a choir from Woodbridge School, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
In 2012, the 50th anniversary CD entitled NOW was released; Warwick recorded 12 Bacharach/David tracks produced by Phil Ramone.
On September 19, 2013, she collaborated with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus for his song “Hope Is Just Ahead”.
In 2014, the duets album Feels So Good was released. Funkytowngrooves re-issued the remastered Arista albums No Night So Long, How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (“So Amazing”), and Finder of Lost Loves (“Without Your Love”), all expanded with bonus material.
In December 2015, Warwick’s website released the Tropical Love EP with five tracks previously unreleased from the Aquarel Do Brasil Sessions in 1994 – To Say Goodbye (Pra Dizer Adeus) with Edu Lobo – Love Me – Lullaby – Bridges (Travessia) – Rainy Day Girl with Ivan Lins.
A Heartbreaker two-disc expanded edition was planned for a 2016 release by Funkytowngrooves, which would include the original Heartbreaker album and up to 15 bonus tracks consisting of a mixture of unreleased songs, alternate takes, and instrumentals, with more remastered and expanded Arista albums to follow. In 2016, she was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
In 2017, she performed a benefit in Chicago for the Center on Halstead, an organization that contributes to the LGBTQ community. This event was co-chaired by Rahm Emmanuel and Barack Obama.
Dionne Warwick Films
Armed 2018, Let There Be Light 2017, A Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David 2001, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001, ExtraLarge: Black Magic 1992, Rent-a-Cop 1987, and Slaves 1969