"Walk On By.” "Say a Little Prayer.” "Anyone Who Had a Heart.” "Windows of the World.” "Wishin’ and Hopin’.” "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” These unforgettable songs are all inextricably linked to an extraordinary vocalist: Dionne Warwick. With her gorgeous tone, nuanced phrasing and stunning emotional range, Warwick remains firmly ensconced in the upper echelon of popular music.
Warwick first hit the charts in 1962 with her defiant, impassioned reading of "Don’t Make Me Over,” and scored 12 consecutive Top100 hits between 1963 and 1966, rapidly emerging as the foremost interpreter of the astonishing Burt Bacharach-Hal David catalog. In addition to the songs mentioned above, she scored such hits as "Alfie,” "A House Is Not a Home,” "Valley of the Dolls” and "The April Fools,” and was the first African-American female artist to give a Royal Command Performance for the Queen of England.
She earned Grammy trophies for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” (1968), "I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” (1970), "I’ll Never Love This Way Again” (1979), "Déjà Vu” (1979) and "That’s What Friends Are For” (1986). The latter song, featuring Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Knight, was not only a smash hit but a cultural landmark for its highlighting of the devastation caused by AIDS; "Friends” helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR).
She received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and was honored by Oprah Winfrey at the 2005 Legends Ball. In 2006, Warwick joined Bacharach to perform "Walk on By” and "That’s What Friends Are For” for some 36 million American Idol viewers.