Dee Dee Warwick Part One
I’m doing a dynasty of a very gifted family, for no other family has that much talent than Warwick and Houston.Dee Dee Warwick Part One, will be the start of another blog coming up next week.
Delia Juanita Warrick (September 25, 1942 – October 18, 2008), known as Dee Dee Warwick, was an American soul singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she was the sister of Dionne Warwick, the niece of Cissy Houston, and the first cousin of Whitney Houston. She died in Essex County, New Jersey, at 66 years of age.
Dee Dee Warwick
Birth Name Delia Juanita Warrick
Born September 25, 1942
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died October 18, 2008( aged 66).
Essex County, New Jersey, U.S.
Years Active 1963— 2008.
Early Life Edit.
Warwick was born in East Orange, New Jersey, to Mancel Warrick (1911— 1977), whobegan his career as a Pullman porter and subsequently became a chef, a gospelrecord promoter for Chess Recordsand later a Certified Public Accountant; and LeeDrinkard-Warrick (1920— 2005), manageress of The Drinkard Singers. Warwick hadone sister, Dionne Warwick, and a brother, Mancel Jr, who was killed in anaccident in 1968 at the age of 21. She was of African-American, Native American,Brazilian and Dutch descent. Warwick graduated from East Orange High School in1960.
Early Career/ Mercury Recordings Edit.
Dee Dee Warwick sang with her sister Dionne Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houstonin the New Hope Baptist Church Choir in Newark, New Jersey: eventually the threewomen formed the gospel trio the Gospelaires, who often performed with TheDrinkard Singers, Houston being a member of both groups.
At a performance by the Gospelaires with the Drinkard Singers at the ApolloTheater in 1959, the Warwick sisters were recruited by a record producer forsession work and Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, along with Doris Troy, subsequentlybecame a prolific New York City area session singing team.
Dee Dee Warwick began to dabble in a solo career in 1963 cutting what isreportedly the earliest version of “You‘re No Good“ for Jubilee Records, producedby Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who later recorded Warwick on their own Tigerlabel with the 1964 single “Don’t Think My Baby‘s Coming Back“. In 1964 Warwickrecorded a version of “I (Who Have Nothing)“ for a tiny Buffalo, NY label (Hurd) –although the song‘s lyric was written by Leiber and Stoller, the duo did notparticipate in Warwick‘s recording – and Warwick also recorded as a member ofAllison Gary and the Burners (as did Cissy Houston) with a release on Royoentitled “Darling“.
Warwick made her network TV debut performing the gospel song “Children, Go Where ISend Thee“ with her sister Dionne on NBC‘s Hullabaloo, which aired on March 30,1965. Warwick also performed on Shivaree, which aired on July 17, 1965, she sang“We‘re Doing Fine“ and “I Want to Be with You“.
In 1965, Warwick signed with Mercury Records, where she recorded with producer EdTownsend for their subsidiary Blue Rock label, reaching the R&B Top 30 with “We‘reDoing Fine“. It was on the Mercury label in 1966, that she had her biggest hitwith “I Want to Be with You“ from the Broadway show Golden Boy, a number 9 R&Bhit, which just missed the pop Top 40 at number 41 (Nancy Wilsonhad reached number54 with her version entitled “I Wan na Be with You“ in 1964). The follow-up singlewas the original version of “I‘m Gon na Make You Love Me“ which, peaking at number13 R&B and # 88 Pop, was not Warwick‘s biggest hit, but became her best knownnumber by virtue of its later success as a duet between Diana Ross and TheSupremes and The Temptations.
Warwick was regarded as one of the first openly lesbian performers within themusic industry.