*”Walk On By,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “A House Is Not a Home” and many more songs have been the backdrop to a lot of folks’ lives either when they first debuted on the radio or when they have been sampled for newer tracks.
Those songs belongs to Grammy winner Dionne Warwick and fans of her music gathered in Beverly Hills at the Paley Centre for Media to celebrate the legend who has been in the game for 5 decades. There was a special screening presented by “PBS, My Music Presents: Dionne Warwick – Then Came You.”
The special showcased Warwick’s music career from her first meeting with songwriters Hal David and Burt Bacharach to becoming a U.S. ambassador of health for her support of AIDS awareness and featured Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and her main songwriter Burt Bacharach and other friends and admirers of Warwick’s music.
TJ Lubinsky who is the producer of “Then Came You,” says he grew up being a listener of the Warwick’s songs. Fun Fact: Warwick recorded her first background session with Lubinsky’s grandfather, the founder of Savoy Records — in the 1940s. Warwick, who began singing at her grandfather’s church as a child — also talked about the origins of her chart-toppers, how she truly feels about “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and how she created a fresh style of music with David and Bacharach.
Not only did her fans get to enjoy the showcase, the Paley Center brought in Larry King to talk to Warwick about her long career selling over 100 million records. Warwick talked about her memories in the music industry and she announced that she will be releasing a new album.
After watching her career flash before her eyes with the audience, the 77 year old singer said the following:
“I feel like I’ve truly been blessed.I’ve been fortunate enough to have people who have been loyal over the years to me and have enjoyed the music I’ve given them, as I have. I always say things happen the way they’re supposed to happen, and here I am.”