By: Billie Jordan Sushine
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*Dionne Warwick, legendary Grammy-winning recording artist received her star on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, December 9, 2021
Warwick, who has sold 75 million singles and 25 million albums worldwide, was present for the ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 when her star was installed at 100 S. Palm Canyon Road in Palm Springs near the Welwood Murray Memorial Library.
Remember “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert?” Well, there’s someone who took away that title as music legend Dionne Warwick, a six-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 100 million records, became the toast of Palm Springs, CA…the new queen of the desert. The hitmaker whose career has spanned 7 decades was feted Tues, Dec 7 at 7 p.m. when Oscar’s Palm Springs hosted “An Intimate Evening with Dionne Warwick,” a night of music and memories. On December 8, she was inducted into Palm Springs’ Walk of Fame with a star of her own.
Proceeds from the event were donated to Caterina’s Club, a Southern California nonprofit that feeds 5,000 children each night, finds permanent homes for families in need, and trains at-risk youth for careers in the hospitality field.
“Ms. Warwick is a legend pure and simple, and we are more than honored that she accepted our invitation to be guest of honor at Oscar’s Palm Springs,” says Dan Gore, owner of the nightlife venue/restaurant/bar best known for its “An Intimate Evening With…” series and Palm Springs chair of Caterina’s Club. “The evening was similar to the Kennedy Center Honors where well-known performers honored her by covering many of her well-known hits and sharing stories of her life. We’re particularly thrilled that the evening was dedicated to underprivileged families living right here in Southern California.”
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served from 5: 30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the show.
Warwick started her career in 1961 after being discovered by the legendary songwriting team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the team went on to record 30 hit singles and 20 best-selling albums during their first decade together. Their first record, “Don’t Make Me Over,” was followed by “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” “Promises Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Reach Out For Me,” among others.
She received her first Grammy in 1968 for her mega-hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” becoming the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. She kicked off the ‘70s by earning her second Grammy for the best-selling album, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” and later topped the charts with The Spinners on their hit, “Then Came You.” In the ‘70s and ‘80s, she made music with Barry Manilow (“Deja Vu”), The Bee Gees (“Heartbreaker”) and others as she continued racking up more and more Platinum-selling albums.
In 1985, she reunited with composer Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder to record “That’s What Friends Are For,” an international #1 record benefiting the AIDS charity, AMFAR.
Throughout the 1980′s and 1990′s, she collaborated with many of her musical peers including Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder while also hosting the hit television music show, “Solid Gold.”
In 2006, she recorded an album of duets, “My Friends & Me,” followed by a critically acclaimed Gospel album, “Why We Sing,” and a jazz album, ”Only Trust Your Heart,” a collection of standards celebrating the music of legendary composer Sammy Cahn. In 2013, she released “Now” produced by Phil Ramone, which was nominated for Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Most recently, she released a much-anticipated star-studded duets album titled “Feels So Good,” featuring collaborations with some of today’s greatest artists including Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and others.
Warwick was also a best-selling author and supports countless nonprofits.