Interview: Dionne Warwick - JazzWax

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October 15, 2010


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Larry Kart

I prefer (if it's still around) the 2-CD "Walk On By" The Definitive Dionne Warwick Collection" -- there's just too much striking stuff for a single disc. The way that collection is set up, "Anyone Who Had A Heart" is followed by "Walk On By," and by the time those tracks are over, I'm almost reduced to tears by what might be called "secondary nostalgia." That is, I didn't listen much directly to these songs at the time, but I had a girlfriend back then for whom they were virtually the soundtrack of her being -- sadly enough, given the eventual course of her life -- and thus they worked their way semi-subliminally into my soul and memory. In any case, romantic masochism (if that's the way to put it) may never have had a more potent musical realization than these and other Warwick-Bacharach-David songs/recordings (at least this side of opera). And those (in the best sense) crazy charts! What a moment in time that was.

John P. Cooper

The Voice of the 60s. Her songs everywhere, all the time. On the car radio, at the mall, at the market, in the record stores, at the beach. Pervasive. Such a welcome relief to the rock n roll of the era. Hit after hit with that sound.


I was buying the italian version of Anyone who had a heart (quelli che hanno un cuore) sung by Petula Clarck, when the owner of the record-shop let me hear the original. it was "love at first sight" till today.thanks DIONNE for your voice.

franco from jesolo-italy

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