Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick (1945 - 2008)

It is with regret we acknowledge the passing of Dee Dee Warwick. Ms. Warwick was the younger sister of famed vocalist Dionne Warwick. She expired at a New Jersey nursing home. Dee Dee didn't have a "commercial" voice like that of her multi-grammy award winning sister but it can be said that she was among the best female R&B performers of her era. Dee Dee's biggest hit was "She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking) but she also was famous for the original version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", which was also recorded by Madeline Bell and became a #2 smash for Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations. Other Dee Dee Warwick gems were "Yours Until Tomorrow", "I Wanna Be With You" and "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do". My favorite Dee Dee Warwick recording was "Foolish Fool" penned by Ed Townsend (of "For Your Love" fame). Ms. Warwick did not like the song and did not want to record it and nearly walked out of the studio in protest. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and next to "She Didn't Know" this was her biggest hit. In 2007 Chaka Khan recorded an updated version of this R and B classic. Dee Dee Warwick like her sister Dionne, Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston and Darlene Love all have a connection to the
gospel group The Drinkard Singers.

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