Dionne Warwick

Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Elder stateswoman of soul
Zak Corporation

An institution of modern soul arrives in Tokyo in the form of Dionne Warwick, a singer whose career spans four generations. Warwick returns this time for a series of solo concerts that should provide something more familiar than the opera diva role she tried out in her last performance here four years ago with Japan' National Opera.

Getting her first chance to record during a visit with her family's Drinkard Singers gospel group to the storied Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Warwick's path to fame was sealed when composer Burt Bacharach first heard her in 1960.

Bacharach asked her to supply the vocals for songs he was writing with partner Hal David. In 1962, Bacharach presented a demo of one of her songs to Scepter Records, launching a 12-year association with the New York label that was to see Warwick rack up nearly 20 best-selling albums.

In 1968, Warwick received her first of five Grammy Awards for the classic "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" becoming the first black solo performer to appear before the Queen of England at the Royal Command Performance. With her grace and easy elegance, Warwick became known as the singer who bridged the gap of race, culture and musical boundaries.

In 1971, Warwick moved to Warner, with whom she also had an extended career. The year 1974 welcomed the release of her first chart-topping single, "Then Came You," a duet with The Spinners.

The '80s saw Warwick devote an increasing amount of her time to humanitarian work, a focus that continues into the present. She collaborated in 1985 with longtime friends Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John to record "That's What Friends Are For," with proceeds going to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

The '90s witnessed Warwick exploring her interest in Brazil, a country where she now resides part-time. Showcasing her love for the people and music of Brazil was her 1994 album Aquarela Do Brazil.

Warwick's most recent album is Love Songs, released in March on Warner Archives.

Dionne Warwick plays Bunkamura Orchard Hall on July 5, Nakano Sun Plaza on July 6, and Tokyo Koseinenkin Hall on July 8. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana