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Whitney Houston, Dee Dee Warwick relatives claim Warwick, Houston's cousin and the daughter of Dionne Warwick, molested her at a young age. Bobby Brown has previously confirmed their relationship and described. Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and Dionne Warwick have published a joint statement saying that claims of sexual abuse of Whitney as a child, by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, are “unfathomable”. The claims were made in Whitney, Kevin McDonald’s documentary feature about the. Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick are both members of the musically inclined Drinkard family. Nitch Drinkard married Delia McCaskill and had eight.
A new song was composed and recorded in the eleventh hour titled "Thunderball", performed by Tom Jones. The melody of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" remains a major component of the film score. The Ultimate Edition DVD of Thunderball has the Warwick song playing over the titles on one of the commentary track extras, and the song was released on the 30th anniversary CD of Bond songs.
Mids to early s[ edit ] Dionne Warwick The mids to early s were an even more successful time period for Warwick, who saw a string of gold-selling albums and Top 20 and Top 10 hit singles. Disc jockeys flipped the single and made it a double-sided hit. Bacharach had been contracted to produce "Alfie" for the Michael Caine film of the same name and wanted Warwick to sing the tune, but the British producers wanted a British subject to cut the tune.
Cilla Black was selected to record the song, and her version peaked at 95 upon its release in the US. A cover version by Cher used in the American prints of the film peaked at The song was to be recorded by Judy Garlandwho was subsequently fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks ofdisc jockeys flipped the single and made the single one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era and another million seller.
At the time, RIAA rules allowed only one side of a double-sided hit single to be certified as gold, but Scepter awarded Warwick an "in-house award" to recognize " Theme from Valley of the Dolls" as a million selling tune. A Decade of Gold released in By the end ofWarwick had sold an estimated 35 million singles and albums internationally in less than nine years and more than 16 million singles in the U.
Exact figures of her sales are unknown and probably underestimated, due to Scepter Records' apparently lax accounting policies and the company policy of not submitting recordings for RIAA audit. Warwick's last LP for Scepter was the aforementioned soundtrack for the motion picture The Love Machine in which she appeared in an uncredited cameoreleased in July InBacharach and David sued Scepter Records for an accurate accounting of royalties due the team from their recordings with Warwick and labelmate B.
The label, with the defection of Warwick to Warner Bros. Records, filed for bankruptcy in and was sold to Springboard International Records in The album peaked at 57 on the Billboard Hot Album Chart. However, the film was panned by the critics, and in the fallout, the songwriting duo decided to terminate their working relationship. The break-up left Warwick devoid of their services as her producers and songwriters. She was contractually obligated to fulfill her contract with Warners without Bacharach and David, and she would team with a variety of producers during her tenure with the label.
A few years later, she reverted to the old spelling after a string of disappointments and an absence from the Billboard top There were no big hits during the early and mid part of the decade, aside from 's " Then Came You ", recorded as a duet with the Spinners and produced by Thom Bell. Bell later noted, "Dionne made a strange face when we finished [the song]. She didn't like it much, but I knew we had something.
- Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston say Whitney abuse claims are 'unfathomable'
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So we ripped a dollar in two, signed each half and exchanged them. I told her, 'If it doesn't go number one, I'll send you my half.
Friends say Whitney Houston was molested by cousin Dee Dee Warwick
There was an apology on it. Other than this success, Warwick's five years on Warner Bros. Records produced no other major hits, but "Then Came You" was issued by co-owned Atlantic Recordsthe Spinners' label. Her five-year contract with Warners expired inand with that, she ended her stay at the label. The song was produced by Barry Manilow. The accompanying album, Dionnewas certified Platinum in the United States for sales exceeding one million units.
Warwick had been personally signed and guided by the label's founder Clive Daviswho told her, "You may be ready to give the business up, but the business is not ready to give you up. She became the first female artist in the history of the awards to win in both categories the same year. This was adapted into the weekly one-hour show Solid Goldwhich she hosted throughout and and again in — Major highlights of each show were the duets she performed with her co-hosts, which often included some of Warwick's hits and her co-hosts' hits, intermingled and arranged by Solid Gold musical director Michael Miller.
Another highlight in each show was Warwick's vocal rendition of the Solid Gold theme, composed by Miller with lyrics by Dean Pitchford. The song became one of Warwick's biggest international hits, returning her to the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot as well as 1 Adult Contemporary and No. The title track was taken from the album of the same name which sold over 3 million copies internationally and earned Warwick an RIAA USA Gold record award for the album.
In Britain, the disc was certified Platinum. Warwick later stated to Wesley Hyatt in his Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits that she was not initially fond of " Heartbreaker " but recorded the tune because she trusted the Bee Gees' judgment that it would be a hit.
The project came about when Clive Davis was attending his aunt's wedding in Orlando, Florida in early and spoke with Barry Gibb. Gibb mentioned that he had always been a fan of Warwick's, and Davis arranged for Warwick and the Bee Gees to discuss a project. Warwick and the Gibb brothers obviously hit it off as both the album and the title single were released in October to massive success.
The album peaked at 57 on the Billboard album chart. The song spent four consecutive weeks at 1 on the Billboard Hot chart. It was the year's biggest hit — certified four times Platinum in the United States alone. The single, credited to "Dionne and Friends", was released in October and eventually raised over three million dollars for that cause. You have to be granite not to want to help people with AIDS, because the devastation that it causes is so painful to see. I was so hurt to see my friend die with such agony," Warwick told the Washington Post in It also was ranked by Billboard magazine as the most popular song of With this single Warwick also released her most successful album of the s, titled Friendswhich reached 12 on Billboard's album chart.
The album's title song, a duet with Kashifwas also a chart hit. Other artists featured on the album included Smokey Robinson and June Pointer.
The singer died at the age of 48 in from what was ruled an accidental drowning in a bathtub. A coroner's report into her death cited heart disease and drug use as contributing factors.
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She never spoke publicly about her own alleged abuse. Dionne Warwick and Franklin feuded last year after Dionne referred to Franklin as Houston's godmother at the singer's funeral. Houston, who had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, with Bobby Brown, is said to have insisted on taking Bobbi on tour with her.
The mother and daughter were very close.
It's a different thing when you become a mother. It changes your whole perspective on life. You really don't live for you anymore.
You're living for your children. She was found unresponsive in a bathtub and died after six months in a coma.