NJ’s Own DIONNE WARWICK Is 77 Today
From East Orange, New Jersey came DIONNE WARWICK. She and her younger sister, Dee Dee Warwick got their respective starts in a gospel group called The Drinkard Singers. Young Dionne became a favorite of songwriter Burt Bacharach, and she racked up a long series of hits he wrote, including "Walk on By," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "Anyone Who Had a Heart," It took until the 1970s for Dionne to reach the top of the charts and that was in a collaboration with the Spinners on "Then Came You." With the help of the Bee Gees, Dionne scored a few more Top Ten hits in the 1980s. Her very musical family extends to Cissy and the late Whitney Houston. Enjoy a very early performance on which she lip-syncs to her first bit hit, "Don't Make Me Over."