Youre Gonna Need Me
hit the scene in the UK with Walk On By
which released on the Pye International label and became an immediate hit. It was always on the play list at the Brazennose Street Twisted Wheel
. However, her original recording of Anyone Who Had A Heart
was eclipsed in the UK by Cilla Black’s infinitely inferior, nasalised version which made it all the way to number one in the pop charts. If that wasn’t enough, Always Something There To Remind Me
was given the Sandie Shaw treatment which also made it all the way. According to newspaper features at the time, Miss Warwick was not amused. Actually, this song was only worth listening to if it was the Lou Johnson
version as far as UK soul fans were concerned.
Most of Dionne’s recordings were played at the city’s soul clubs, often in a set of three or four especially at the Blue Note
Sisters Dee Dee and Cissy (Houston) as the Drinkard Singers
a gospel touring group also backed the Drifters and Garnet Mimms
Dionne was ‘discovered’ by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and her first release was Don’t Make Me Over
(USA Sceptre 1963) followed by Walk on By
Dionne was born on the 12th December 1940 in East Orange New Jersey.
In 1974 she collaborated with the Detroit Spinners and had a major hit with (I Never Knew Love Before) Then Came You.
She still tours today. Her niece was Whitney Houston – a talented family if sometimes tragic.
Wikipedia: Dionne warwick
Dionne Warwick website
Dionne Warwick – Anyone Who Had A Heart, YouTube