Dee Dee Warwick Part Two
This is Dee Dee Warwick Part Two, and I hope you like it.
Warwick continued to record for Mercury through the late 1960s. Although her occasional success in the R&B field— notably the 1969 Ed Townsend production of Foolish Fool— was enough for the label to wish to re-sign her in 1970, she signed with Atco at the invitation of Atlantic Records president Jerry Wexler himself,Wexler‘s having admired Warwick‘s early session work.
Warwick made her first recordings for Atco in February 1970, cutting four tuneswith Townsend. In an early indication of the disarray that Warwick‘s career wouldexperience at Atlantic, these tracks were shelved and she was sent to CriteriaStudios in Miami in April to work with producer Dave Crawford and fast-emergingstudio band, The Dixie Flyers. The resultant Turning Around album yielded a TopTen R&B hit with “She Didn’t Know“, but Warwick would never have another albumrelease or single in the R&B Top 20.
In October, she cut 10 tracks at Muscle Shoals, again with Crawford producing(along with Brad Shapiro). Only three singles were released with one, a remake of“Suspicious Minds“, becoming Warwick‘s final R&B hit in 1971. That summer,Crawford and Shapiro produced an eight-track session for Warwick at the Pac-Threestudios in Detroit. One track, “Everybody‘s Got to Believe in Something“ wasissued as a single – Warwick‘s last release on Atco despite two final sessions forthe label in early 1972. Reflecting on her unrewarding Atco tenure, Warwickopined: “The problem was simply, that the company had a lot of other big femaleacts – like Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack – and you get into a situation,where you don’t get the right kind of material or production or promotion …“.
In 1973, Warwick returned to Mercury but in 1974, she moved to Private Stock,where the 1975 single “Get Out of My Life“ became her final charting (number 73R&B) song. That same year, Warwick recorded for RCA Victor as DeDe Schwartz. Afterseveral years away from the recording studio, Dee Dee Warwick made her finalrecordings in the mid-80s: in 1984 her album Dee Dee Warwick, Call Mewas releasedon Sutra Records and she subsequently recorded for Heritage. After living in LosAngeles for a number of years, Warwick became a resident of Georgia in 1994.
Dee Dee Warwick received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in1999. Recordings of both her Mercury years and Atco years are available on CD. Inlate 2006, Dee Dee returned to success singing background for Dionne in concert,and also was part of the “Family First“ song in the Tyler Perry movie andsoundtrack for Daddy‘s Little Girls.
In January 2008, Dee Dee was featured in the title song from Dionne‘s gospelalbum, Why We Sing. In February 2008, she continued her background vocals for Dionne‘s one-woman show My Music and Me in Europe.
Dee Dee struggled with narcotics addiction for many years and was in failinghealth for some time. Her sister was with her when she died on October 18, 2008,in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey, aged 66.
The 2018 documentary film Whitney, directed by Kevin Macdonald, included allegations that Warwick had sexually molested Whitney Houston and her brother Gary, when Whitney was “at a young age“ and Gary was between seven and nine year sold, while Warwick was in her mid to late 20s. Warwick‘s sister Dionne and Whitney Houston‘s mother Cissy both made statements wherein they expressed doubt regarding the truthfulness of the allegations.
1963: “You‘re No Good“ (Jubilee) (# 117 US).
1965: “Do It With All Your Heart“ (Blue Rock) (# 124 US).
1965: “We‘re Doing Fine“ (Blue Rock) (# 96 US, # 28 R&B).
1966: “I Want To Be With You“ (Mercury) (# 41 US, # 9 R&B).
1966: “I‘m Gon na Make You Love Me“ (Mercury) (# 88 US, # 13 R&B).
1967: “When Love Slips Away“ (Mercury) (# 92 US, # 43 R&B).
1969: “That‘s Not Love“ (Mercury) (# 106 US, # 42 R&B).
1969: “Ring of Bright Water“ (Mercury) (# 113 US).
1969: “Foolish Fool“ (Mercury) (# 57 US, # 14 R&B).
1970: “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking)“ (Atco) (# 70 US, # 9 R&B).
1970: “Cold Night In Georgia“ (Atco) (# 44 R&B).
1971: “Suspicious Minds“ (Atco) (# 80 US, # 24 R&B).
1975: “Get Out Of My Life“ (Private Stock) (# 73 R&B).