Marie Dionne Warrick, 12 December 1940, East Orange, New Jersey, USA. One of the truly sophisticated voices over the past five decades of soul influenced pop, Warwick first sang in Newarks New Hope Baptist Church choir. She played piano with the Drinkard Singers, a gospel group her mother managed, and studied at Connecticuts Hart School of Music. During the same period, Warwick also formed the Gospelaires with her sister, Dee Dee and aunt Cissy Houston. Increasingly employed as backing singers, the trios voices appeared on records by the Drifters and Garnet Mimms. Through such work Warwick came into contact with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first solo single, on Scepter Records, Dont Make Me Over (1963), was a fragile slice of uptown R&B and set the tone for such classic collaborations as Anyone Who Had A Heart and Walk On By. Bacharachs sculpted, almost grandiose...
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