DEE DEE WARWICK WAS A GOOD SINGER TOO

Dee Dee Warwick was a fine singer of classic gospel, R&B and soul, who spent her career - some would say most unfairly - in the shadow of her more famous elder sister Dionne Warwick.

Dee Dee Warwick was a fine singer of classic gospel, R&B and soul, who spent her career - some would say most unfairly - in the shadow of her more famous elder sister Dionne Warwick.

With a vocal style that was grittier and earthier than Dionne's sweeter, pop sound, she enjoyed a number of minor hits in the 60s and early 70s.

She recorded the original versions of You're No Good and I'mGonna Make You Love Me.

Delia Mae Warrick was born in Newark, New Jersey, on September 25 1945. The sisters changed their surnames to Warwick in the early 1960s. Her mother, father and mother's sister (Whitney Houston's mother) were all singers.

From a young age the sisters sang with Houston in the Drinkard Singers, but in 1958 they formed the Gospelaires, making their debut appearance at a weekly talent night in Harlem, which they won.

Dee Dee remained with the Inspirations until 1965, singing backing vocals. She made her debut as a solo singer in 1963 with You're No Good.

Her breakthrough came in 1965 when she made the top 10 of the R&B chart with I Want to Be with You.

She produced several more R&B hits with I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, When Love Slips Away, That's Not Love and Foolish Fool, for which she won a Grammy nomination. She won a second Grammy nomination for She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking).

With her solo career stalling, Dionne offered her employment as a backing singer. She continued to perform with Dionne, most recently on Why We Sing this year. - The Times News Service, London

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