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With a smooth and sultry alto voice, Dionne Warwick was a singular singer, not exactly jazz, not exactly soul or R&B, or gospel, but suggesting elements of all of these genres, which combined to make her a pure pop singer in the 1960s, particularly on the many Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs she defined and had hits with. This two-disc set has all of those, including "Walk on By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," among others, and it adds up to a pretty good and thorough survey of Warwick's most commercial sides.


Born: 12 December 1940 in East Orange, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It is easier to define Dionne Warwick by what she isn't rather than what she is. Although she grew up singing in church, she is not a gospel singer. Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are clear influences, but she is not a jazz singer. R&B is also part of her background, but she is not really a soul singer, either, at least not in the sense that Aretha Franklin is. Sophisticated is a word often used to describe her musical approach and the music she sings, but she is not a singer of standards such...
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