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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
June 27, 2019

Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and her musical interests quickly spread to include rock and soul when she joined a local girl group called the Blossoms. The band worked with infamous producer Phil Spector and in no time, Love became a popular vocalist, working with the likes of Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, the The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bill Medley, Sonny and Tom Jones. The Blossoms and Love provided backing vocals for some of the 1960s smash hits like Frank Sinatra's "That's Life," the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and the Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron." The Blossoms had a recurring part on Shindig! , a music show of the era as well as appearing on Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special, which aired on NBC. Love recorded "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the 1963 holiday compilation album A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector (Philles, 1963). This song would become her signature song and helped to revive her career after taking a break in the mid 1970s to raise a family. By the early 1980s, she returned to music and performing at iconic venues in both Los Angeles and New York City. While working as a maid in Beverly Hills, she heard her song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the radio and she acted on the sign that she wanted music to be her full time career. In 1986, David Letterman had her sing her Christmas tune on his show, which morphed into an annual tradition. By 1987, she was on the big screen in the Lethal Weapon films, playing Danny Glover's wife in the series. In 2015, she recorded Introducing Darlene Love (Wicked Cool/Columbia, 2015), her debut solo album, produced by Steven Van Zandt and featuring compositions by such songwriters as Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen.

Dionne Warwick, born Marie Dionne Warrick, is an American singer, actress and television host who also holds the titles of United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and US Ambassador of Health. Hailing from NJ, she began singing gospel as a child in Newark. Her musical family includes sister Dee Dee Warwick, aunt Cissy Houston and first cousin Whitney Houston. She followed her love of music to Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut and became a member of the group the Gospelaires, who were popular studio background singers. The group performed on records for Little Cooper and the Drifters, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley. Warwick's path crossed with Burt Bacharach and Hal David ultimately leading to her debut album Presenting Dionne Warwick (Scepter, 1963). When the first solo single from the album was released in November, 1962 "Don't Make Me Over" it contained a spelling mistake of her name, calling her "Warwick" rather than "Warrick" and she used the new spelling both personally and professionally. Warwick ranks among the 41st biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, according to Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts, is one of the most charted female vocalists of all time and has 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined. With a brand new CD called She's Back (Urban/Entertainment One, 2019), Warwick shows no signs of slowing down.

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