Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 78th birthday today (December 12th). Dionne Warwick will always be best known for her classic 1960's hits written by Burt Bacharach and the late-Hal David, including “Don't Make Me Over,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Walk On By”, “Alfie,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” “I'll Never Fall In Love Again,” and many others.
Warwick's maternal aunt is legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston — the mother of the late Whitney Houston. Last summer, Warwick denied claims that her sister Dee Dee Warwick sexually assaulted Whitney Houston. According to Madamenoire, Whitney’s brother, Gary, revealed in the documentary about the late singer that she was allegedly molested by Dee Dee from the age seven to nine. Dionne has since spoken with Larry King Now, and has called the claims made by Whitney’s former assistant, Mary Jones, “evil.”
Dionne said, “I have tried to refrain from responding to that. First of all, it’s totally hogwash. My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family. And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary film, I think it’s evil.”
Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston has also denounced the accusations, saying to People magazine, “We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick . . . molested two of my three children.”
Whitney’s former assistant has also said in a statement, “I was close to Whitney, she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself. I deeply love and respect Dionne, Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much.”
In 2014, Dionne Warwick released her latest duets album, called Feels So Good, with such special guests as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley.
In 2011, she wrote her autobiography called, My Life As I See It, which was co-written by David Freedman Wooley and published by Simon & Schuster.
We asked Dionne Warwick if she could sum up why she and Bacharach and David were such a formidable creative team: “I think the magic of what Bacharach-David-Warwick was — the fact that I did do every single song that they wrote in the form of a demonstration record, and/or I was a part of the background group that did when they wrote songs for the Drifters or any other person that they were recording — we just knew that there was a chemistry that absolutely worked with the three of us.”