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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainer
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Eighty-Six, Get It Out Of Here.

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1945
Birth Location:
Newark Heights, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainer
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Eighty-Six, Get It Out Of Here.

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1945
Birth Location:
Newark Heights
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Biography

One of the most powerful soul singers of all time, Dee Dee Warwick was born Delia Warwick on September 25, 1945, in Newark Heights, New Jersey, into a musical family with its roots steeped in gospel music. Her mother, Arthur Lee Drinkard Warrick, was a founding member of the acclaimed Drinkard Singers, whose line-up included her aunt Cissy Houston. The Drinkard Singers sang regularly at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.

As a young teen, Warwick and her older sister Dionne formed their own group called the Gospelaires; the group often appeared with the Drinkard Singers. In 1959, the Warwick sisters got their first big break in the music industry at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem when they were asked to sing background vocals in a studio session for Sam Taylor. During this session with Savoy Records, the song “Won’t You Deliver Me” was recorded; this was the Warwick sisters’ recording debut. Warwick would go on to be featured in hundreds of recordings that were made in New York between 1960 and 1965.

In 1963, Warwick launched her prolific solo recording career, in which she would become one of the most respected voices in Soul music. Warwick’s discography includes such hits as “I Want To Be With You” and “Foolish Fool;” both of which were recorded for Mercury Records. During the 1970s, Warwick continued to record, adding “She Didn’t Know, She Kept On Talking,” recorded for Atco Records, to her long list of hits. During the 1980s, Warwick recorded albums for Sutra Records and Heritage Records; both of which have become collectors’ items.

After living in Los Angeles and Georgia for a number of years, Warwick moved back to New Jersey, where she started making soul music and appearing in Gospel musicals. Warwick passed away on October 18, 2008, at the age of 63.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dee Dee Warwick lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her mother's birthplace
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dee Dee Warwick describes The Drinkard Singers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dee Dee Warick describes St. Luke Methodist Church in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about meter singing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about The Drinkard Singers' performance at the Newport Jazz Festival
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dee Dee Warick describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about her parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls attending church as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dee Dee Warwick describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dee Dee Warwick describes the schools she attended in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls singing and playing the violin as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her parents' appearances
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls her father's experiences as a Pullman Porter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her father's Native American ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her childhood neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her favorite teacher from East Orange High School in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls the public outrage over the murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls the Gospelaires' performance at the Apollo Theater in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls singing backup with the Gospelaires
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dee Dee Warwick explains why she moved away from singing gospel music professionally
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dee Dee Warwick describes the beginning of her solo career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls working for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dee Dee Warwick describes the night life of New York City in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about listening to Della Reese and meeting Billy Eckstine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about her hit songs and collaborations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls avoiding the unsavory aspects of the music industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her mother's influence on her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls her R&B Hall of Fame induction and Grammy Award nominations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dee Dee Warwick recalls performing in the Broadway play 'Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with God'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her family's connection to New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her experience of racial discrimination in Seattle, Washington in 1979
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about her favorite contemporary music artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dee Dee Warwick talks about future endeavors in the music industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dee Dee Warwick describes lessons from her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Dee Dee Warwick describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Dee Dee Warwick describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Dee Dee Warwick reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Dee Dee Warwick narrates her photographs