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Warwick, Dionne

Born: 1941 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Singer

1940 – She was born on the 12th day of December this year in East Orange, New Jersey. She began singing gospel with her family, and started her professional career after graduating from the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she now holds a Doctorate.


1962 – Her first solo single for Scepter Records was released in this year.


1964 – She went ahead with the single release of "You’re My World" this year, and the track peaked at #1 UK, #26 US.


1971 – Her last recording for Scepter was in this year. She debuted on Warner Bros. Records in a five-year contract that was the biggest contract for a female artist at that time. She was advised by numerologist Linda Goodman to add an "e" to her last name for good luck.


1974 – Her "Then Came You", recorded as a duet with the Spinners and produced by Thom Bell. It was her first US #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.


1975 – The extra "e" brought more bad luck than good, and the singer removed it this year.


1977 – Her five-year contract with Warner was up for renewal in this year, and with that, Warwick gladly ended her stay at the label.


1979 – She recorded "I’ll Never Love This Way Again" this year. The song was produced by Barry Manilow.


1982 – Her next big hit was her 1982 full-length collaboration with Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees for "Heartbreaker".


1985 – She contributed her voice to the Multi-Grammy award winning charity song: We Are The World, along with vocalists like Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Tina Turner and Diana Ross.


1986 – She led the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) benefit single "That’s What Friends Are For" with Friends (Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder); it was a number one hit, and garnered Warwick’s fifth Grammy Award.


1987 – She scored another pop hit and Top 10 R&B chart hit with the song, "Love Power", a duet with Jeffrey Osborne.


2002 – She was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana.


2005 – She was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball.


2006 – She released My Friends and Me, a duets album on which she sang with various female singing stars, on thirteen of her old hits.