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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick Passes

Dee Dee Warwick, a soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, Saturday, October 18th at the age of 63.

Warwick was known for soul and R&B hits in the 1960s and 70s, including "Foolish Fool, "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)" and a version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" that was later covered by Diana Ross and The Supremes.

Warwick also was a two-time Grammy Award nominee and sang backup for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and her sister Dionne, and many prior to after starting her solo career.

Born in Newark, Warwick was a teenager when she began singing with her older sister in the late 1950s. They performed as The Gospelaires. She also collaborated and sang with the Drinkard Singers, a long-running gospel group that also featured some of the Warwicks' aunts and uncles and was managed by their mother.

Most recently, Warwick provided background vocals for her sister's recent one-woman autobiographical show, "My Music & Me" and also performed on the title song from Dionne Warwick's gospel album, "Why We Sing," released in January.

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