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Dionne Warwick

Singer

Born: 12 December 1940
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey
Best known as: Singer of "Walk On By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"

Name at birth: Marie Dionne Warrick

Warwick was a pop and R&B music star of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly known for singing the songs of the composer-lyricist team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. (Her Bacharach/David hits include "Walk On By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "I Say A Little Prayer" and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again.") In the 1980s she collaborated with Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder on the Grammy-winning single "That's What Friends Are For," a fundraiser for AIDS victims. In the 1990s she gained fresh notoriety with her infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, a pay-per-call service that offered "psychic" readings over the phone. Warwick lives in Brazil and the United States and maintains a music career and a line of skin care products, and in 2008 she published a children's book, Say A Little Prayer.

Extra credit: Warwick is the cousin of pop star Whitney Houston... She also founded the Dionne Warwick Design Group, an interior design firm... Warwick hosted the 1980s TV show Solid Gold... She was arrested at Miami International Airport and charged with possession of marijuana on 12 May 2002... Warwick's younger sister Dee Dee was also a pop singer; she died in 2008.

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