I introduced Miss Dionne for the #BlackMusicSunday series back in August, but as a belated birthday present combined with Christmas I wanted to highlight her again.
While it’s not a holiday song, the Warwick classic “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” which she reissued last year, fits the spirit of the season. We all could certainly use more love.
The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon, with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. But as Jennifer Gavin wrote for the Library of Congress in 2009, it is Warwick’s 1966 version that strikes the copywriter.
David said the song was recorded by more than 100 singers, including Jackie DeShannon, the voice of the original hit version. “My favorite version is Dionne Warwick’s. She always interprets my lyrics as if she had written them herself, ”said David.
Kimberly A. Hines, who writes at SoulBounce as Butta described the narrative of Warwick’s new video.
We see Aunt Dionne sitting in her plush living room and watching TV to open the picture. She watches the daily news and it’s as stressful as always with stories about everything that is going wrong in the world. Instead of stressing out about the real-life drama on her TV screen, Dionne starts singing to calm her – and our – nerves. The video divides its time between scenes like the contemporary singer with vintage footage and photographs of her many appearances over the years alone and with famous friends Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight;; a young girl drawing a picture and a woman returning home from work to an overwhelming pile of bills and notes. The classic clips add a nostalgic feel to the video, while the scenes with the young girl and young woman show a twist that gives you the warm blur when the video comes to an end.
For some background on Warwick’s decade-long career, a good start is her 2018 episode of the PBS documentary series My Music.
The documentary packs so much of Warwick’s career into just 54 minutes.
MY MUSIC: DIONNE WARWICK – THEN COME THE musical roots of the singer in the church where she performed in a gospel group for the first time. She became a backing vocalist performing with classic R&B artists, which led to her discovery by songwriter producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who starred with Warwick on countless hits such as Walk On By, Do You Know The “A Musical Three-Way Marriage Way To San Jose,” Anyone With a Heart “and” I’ll Never Fall In Love Again “. Friends and colleagues celebrating Warwick in the new PBS music biography include Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and Johnny Mathis and Gladys Knight, who joined Warwick, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder for the 1985 anthem, “That’s What Friends Are For “joined in to raise funds and awareness of the growing AIDS epidemic.
Those who grew up with Warwick’s music probably assume everyone knows about it. There was serenity when a new generation was introduced to you on Twitter. Warwick entered the platform in part due to the COVID-19 halted cancellation of their performance and tour schedule.
Warwick, new to tweeting, started December by “having a ball” and spreading love and raising money to feed the hungry.
Miss Dionne decided she wanted to greet Taylor Swift; Fans stated that she had to put an @ in front of Swift’s name. Swift replied a few days later.
I just saw you tweeted me !! I’m a big fan and I respect you so much, thank you for wishing me all the best. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas time, thank you for spreading joy 💕🥰🙏
– Taylor Swift (@ taylorswift13) December 6, 2020
She then sparked a Twitter storm with this humorous request to Chance The Rapper.
Hello @chancetherapper. If you are clearly a rapper, why did you include it in your stage name? I can’t stop thinking about it.
– Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) December 5, 2020
Minutes later, she offered this follow-up that made me roll on the floor, laughing.
I am now Dionne the singer.
– Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) December 5, 2020
Chance responded within minutes with the respect and recognition Warwick deserves.
I will be whatever you want to call me Mrs. Warwick. God bless you 💙💙
– Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 5, 2020
Then it happened.
What started as a Twitter exchange led to this news.
Record producer / manager Damon Elliott, who earned his share of Grammy and platinum sales with Pink and Mya, among others, will be producing an upcoming single with (Dionne) Warwick, Chance (), which he wrote: “Nothing’s Impossible “the rapper” and other artists to be announced. Elliott is the son of Dionne Warwick.
“My mom and I had a moment to speak to Chance after she tweeted him about the word ‘The’ in his name,” explains Mr. Elliott. “They had such an amazing conversation that they discussed the Hunger Not Impossible initiative (www.notimpossible.com) – they will receive part of the proceeds from their upcoming 80th Birthday / holiday celebration. The result of our conversation with Chance is this new single, which we will soon be recording, and we are all looking forward to this collaboration. “
Miss Dionne was hosting a damn good 80th birthday party that didn’t air (sorry, no clips). She showed artists from her Christmas album 2019; I posted some of these songs below.
However, she received a surprising “birthday present” from the writers of Saturday Night Live who did not miss the hilarity of their Twitter debut. Her homage to her was this sketch in which Warwick was played by Ego Nwodim.
In early December, Miss Dionne asked her Twitter followers about their favorite pieces of music. She received a response from Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson), co-director of The Roots, a music historian and drummer on The Tonight Show.
Here are some video selections from the Questlove playlist. Did you hear them all
Warwick was just delighted with her new Twitter connections.
A playlist from @questlove and a sweater from @jimmyfallon mean I can finally go to sleep a happy woman. Many Thanks! Have a nice night. Stay nice 🥰
– Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) December 10, 2020
Warwick has of course made several Christmas albums over the years. The most recent was recorded in 2019 in collaboration with a variety of artists including Dianne Reeves, Johnny Mathis, John Rich, Ricky Skaggs and the Oak Ridge Boys, and Michael McDonald.
Dionne Warwick knows a lot about music.
For almost 60 years she has been delivering hits in her distinctive, buttery voice.
In the 1960s Warwick encouraged us to do “Walk on By”. In the 1970s “Then Came You” became her first number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In the 1980s “That’s What Friends Are For” – with Warwick, who sang alongside Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, became one of the most popular songs of the decade.
Warwick, 78, has earned six Grammys (including the 2019 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award) and sold over 25 million albums and 75 million singles according to Billboard – and it’s not finished yet.
In October she released her 38th studio album, Dionne Warwick & the Voices of Christmas.
Here she is with jazz singer Dianne Reeves.
One of my favorite Miss Dionne Christmas carols is “This Christmas” from the show Some Lovers with music by longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Steven Sater.
For those of you who want an extended music game on Christmas Day or during the rest of the holidays, Christmas 1993 in Vienna II is a wonderful concert Queue above. Placido Domingo opens the concert with “Hear my Song” and introduces Dionne Warwick with warm applause. She sings “Oh Holy Night” and from there they sing favorites that are not just holiday music. The concert includes “Ave Maria, “” God rests you happy gentlemen “,”The Christmas carol ”,“ Feliz Navidad ”and more.
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it and a safe and healthy winter season to everyone.
Join me in the comments to play your favorite music. During this time of isolation let’s come together to share the joy and part of that love that Miss Dionne always sings about.
In case you want to explore some of my other music stories from the past of Christmas, here is a list to make it easier for you.
Aretha and Nancy sing Christmas
Feliz Navidad: I wish you a Puerto Rican Christmas
Jazzin ‘it for Christmas
What kind of kid is that? St. Francis, Day Nurseries, and President Obama
Enjoy aa capella Christmas
Born on Christmas Day: The Chevalier and Cab Calloway
‘O Holy Night’ – a gift to us from a Christian, a Jew and an Abolitionist
The king of the Christmas soul
The Christmas tradition of the flash mobs
Christmas in her soul: Laura Nyro
Holiday season is music time