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A chat with Dionne Warwick

John Benson • Apr 6, 2011 at 12:44 PM

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• WHAT: Dionne Warwick

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 9

• WHERE: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin

• COST: $40-90/ticket

• INFO: 419-448-8544 ext. 4 or ritztheatre.org

Next to Aretha Franklin, singer Dionne Warwick has the most charted singles for a female vocalist with 56. Her career, entering its 50th year in 2012, includes hits like “Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love with You,” “Then Came You” (with The Spinners) and “That’s What Friends Are For” (with Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder).

She’s known for her magically melodic voice, which was highlighted time and time again by the sophisticated pop compositions of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Today, Warwick — who recently appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” — is supporting her latest effort “Only Trust Your Heart” with another tour, which includes an April 9 show at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin. Funcoast caught up with Warwick, via e-mail, to discuss her new album, her experience on reality television and her future.


Funcoast: Wow, 50 years in the music business. Why do you think you’ve lasted so long?

Dionne Warwick: I can hardly believe 50 years have passed so quickly myself. I credit the longevity to the songs I have been able to record and continue to give that quality to those who have supported my career these many years.

FC: Regarding “Only Trust Your Heart,” how did the project come about and what are a few of your favorite tracks?

DW: This project came about as a result of the publishers who have this catalogue and they were looking for a voice to record songs from it. I was asked to do it and the pleasure was mine to be able to sing these wonderful compositions. I have to say, they all have a special place, but if I had to choose one it would be “Pocket Full of Miracles.”

FC: As far as your recent appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice,” what was the experience like and who would you like to fire?

DW: “Celebrity Apprentice” was quite interesting to do, and if you saw the show you saw who I would fire — me.


FC: When you think back to the recording of “That’s What Friends Are For,” what comes to mind?

DW: The amount of help the funds raised from the sales that we were able to give.


FC: Any thoughts of the four of you doing a reunion for a new song?

DW: We just did a reunion celebrating the 25 years of this song at the gala benefit for AMFAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) a few weeks ago. The four of us were there to perform the song.


FC: Finally, with such a storied career, what’s left for you to accomplish?

DW: I still have The Oscar, The Emmy and The Tony (and not necessarily in that order) to receive.


Dionne Warwick appears at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Tickets are $40 to $90. For more information, call 419-448-8544 ext. 4 or visit ritztheatre.org.

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