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Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50 Years in Music

Posted by showbizdeluxe on May 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On March 15th, 5 time Grammy Award winning Music Legend, Dionne Warwick celebrated 50 years in the music business since being discovered by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. She will celebrate with the release of her first album of contemporary jazz

Standards, from the great "American Songbook" titled "Only Trust Your Heart." -released by MPCA Records (Sony/Red).

The songs are gems from the treasured catalogue of two songwriters closely associated with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf. Jack Wolf collaborated with Sinatra to pen the beautiful "I'm A Fool To Want You" and co-wrote "Keep Me In Mind" which was written with the songwriter most synonymous with Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach. One of Cahn's biggest fans was Frank Sinatra who recorded 89 of Cahn's songs, many of them more than once. Cahn won 4 Oscars and was nominated 30 times. He wrote songs for 19 films and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

When Dionne was thinking about doing an album of contemporary jazz standards, it was no surprise that she chose familiar and cherished songs including: Only Trust Your Heart, You I love, I'm a Fool To Want You, Wonder Why, If you Can Dream, The Second Time Around, Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are, I'll Never Stop Loving You, Some Other Time, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Keep Me in Mind, And Then You Kissed Me and Pocketful of Miracles.

Dionne Warwick has, over an illustrious four-decade career, established herself as an international musical legend. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly etched into public consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hits since "Don't Make Me Over" began its climb up the charts in December 1962.

As a performer, she has charmed and entertained audiences on every continent, amassing a worldwide audience. There are a few important firsts" that make Dionne Warwick a true pioneer.

Dionne Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 (for the classic "Do You Know The Way to San Jose?"), and in so doing became the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. This award has only been awarded to one other female African-American legend, Ella Fitzgerald.

Other African-American female recording artists certainly racked up their share of crossover pop and R&B hits during the 1960's. However, Dionne Warwick preceded the mainstream success of some of her musical peers by becoming the first such artist to rack up a dozen consecutive Top 100 hit singles from 1963 to 1966. By 1968, she became the first African-American female performer to appear before the Queen of England at a Royal Command Performance. Since then, she has performed before numerous Kings, Queens, Presidents and Heads of State.

In recent years, Dionne's pioneering efforts have focused on leading the music industry in the fight against AIDS. Her Grammy-winning, chart topping, single "That's What Friends Are For," lead the way by raising, literally, millions of dollars for AIDS research. Throughout the world, Dionne has devoted countless hours to a wide range of humanitarian causes, serving as the U.S. Ambassador for Health throughout the Eighties.

On October 16, 2002 she was named a global Ambassador for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in Rome, Italy. Dionne has spearheaded the long overdue development and production of a history book that will detail African and African-American history for use in schools, libraries, and bookstores throughout the world. She continues her work as a socially conscious and concerned global citizen.

Nothing seems impossible to Dionne, a woman who has inspired and empowered millions through her music, her performances, and her work as a humanitarian. In a recent interview she reflected on the words imparted to her by her grandfather; "If you think it, you can do it!" With a life filled with accomplishment and achievement, Dionne Warwick can proudly say that she has always believed in, and lived by, those words of wisdom.

Revealing a bit of her celebrated life, Dionne recently penned her first autobiography, “My Life: As I See It” which was just released by Simon & Shuster.

Track Listing:

Only Trust Your Heart

You I Love

I'm A Fool To Want You

Wonder Why

If You Can Dream

The Second Time Around

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

I'll Never Stop Loving You

Some Other Time

I Fall In Love Too Easily

Keep Me In Mind

And Then You Kissed Me

Pocketful Of Miracles

Musicians on album:

Raymond Angry: piano

Neil Jordan : Bass ( The Second Time Around)

Cindy Blackman Santana: Drums

Adam Blackstone: Bass