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On this day in music history: May 4, 1979 – “Dionne”, the nineteenth album by Dionne Warwick is released. Produced by Barry Manilow, it is recorded at United Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from October 1978 – February 1979. With a string of hit singles and albums between 1962 and 1971, Dionne Warwick becomes of one of the most successful female vocalists of the era. She departs from Scepter Records in 1971 for Warner Bros Records, but continues her collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Having a keen interest in astrology and numerology, in 1971 Warwick takes an astrologer’s advice to an “e” to her last name “for good luck”. However, the decision mostly has the opposite effect. Her tenure Warner Bros yields no major hits, and other than “Then Came You” with The Spinners, Dionne finds it difficult to make the charts. She is dealt a double blow in 1975 when Bacharach and David acrimoniously end their partnership without telling her, and files for divorce from her husband David Elliott. With her life and career at a major crossroads, it takes a few years to find her footing once again. After her Warners contract expires at the end of 1977, Warwick considers walking away from music altogether. In 1978, Arista Records founder Clive Davis approaches Dionne about signing to his label. Skeptical at first, Davis tells her, “You may be ready to give the business up, but the business is not ready to give you up.”, promising to restore the singer to her former hit making glory. The label chief pairs Warwick with pop music superstar Barry Manilow, who other than co-producing his former boss Bette Midler, had not produced another artist other than himself. Manilow proves to be a solid and sympathetic ally in the studio. Led by the ballad “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” (#5 Pop, #18 R&B, #5 AC) written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings (“Looks Like We Made It”), the single is a multi-format smash. It is followed by the sultry “Deja Vu” (#15 Pop, #25 R&B, #1 AC), co-written by Warwick’s old friend Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson. The album spins off a third single with “After You” (#65 Pop, #33 R&B, #10 AC), making it the most successful album of Dionne Warwick’s career. Making the comeback even sweeter, she wins a pair of Grammy Awards in 1980 for Best Pop and R&B Vocal Performance, Female for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “Deja Vu”. The huge success of “Dionne” dovetails into the singer becoming the host of the long running syndicated music show “Solid Gold” from 1980-81 and again in 1985-86. Originally released on CD in 1986, the album is remastered and reissued in 2012 by Big Break Records, containing two bonus tracks. “Dionne” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, number ten on the R&B album chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 4, 1979 – “Dionne”, the nineteenth album by Dionne Warwick is released. Produced by Barry Manilow, it is recorded at United Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from October 1978 – February 1979. With a string of more than two dozen pop and R&B chart singles and hit albums released between 1962 and 1971, Dionne Warwick becomes of one of the most successful female vocalists of the era. Following her departure from Scepter Records in 1971 for a lucrative contract with Warner Bros Records, Warwick continues her collaboration with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Having a keen interest in astrology and numerology, in 1971 Warwick takes an astrologer’s advice to an “e” to her last name “for good luck”. However, the decision mostly has the opposite effect. Her tenure Warner Bros yields no major hits, and other than “Then Came You” (#1 Pop, #2 R&B, #3 AC) with The Spinners, Dionne finds it difficult to make the charts. She is dealt a double blow in 1975 when Bacharach and David acrimoniously end their partnership without telling her, and files for divorce from her husband David Elliott. With her life and career at a major crossroads, it takes a few years to find her footing once again. After her Warners contract expires at the end of 1977, Warwick considers walking away from music altogether. In 1978, Arista Records founder Clive Davis approaches Dionne about signing to his label. Skeptical at first, Davis tells her, “You may be ready to give the business up, but the business is not ready to give you up.”, promising to restore the singer to her former hit making glory. The label chief pairs Warwick with pop music superstar Barry Manilow, who other than co-producing his former boss Bette Midler, had not produced another artist other than himself. Manilow proves to be a solid and sympathetic ally in the studio. Led by the ballad “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” (#5 Pop, #18 R&B, #5 AC) written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings (“Looks Like We Made It”), the single is a multi-format smash. It is followed by the sultry “Deja Vu” (#15 Pop, #25 R&B, #1 AC), co-written by Warwick’s old friend Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson. The album spins off a third single with “After You” (#65 Pop, #33 R&B, #10 AC), making it the most successful album of Dionne Warwick’s career. Making the comeback even sweeter, she wins a pair of Grammy Awards in 1980 for Best Pop and R&B Vocal Performance, Female for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “Deja Vu”. The huge success of “Dionne” dovetails into the singer becoming the host of the long running syndicated music show “Solid Gold” from 1980-81 and again in 1985-86. Originally released on CD in 1986, the album is remastered and reissued in 2012 by Big Break Records, containing two bonus tracks. “Dionne” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, number ten on the R&B album chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.