• ‘Walk On By’ again, Dionne

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    Dionne Warwick

    R&B superstar returns to Manila
    Dionne Warwick, one of the best-selling singing stars of all time who made famous hit songs such as “Walk On By,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” is coming to Manila for another major tour that will be highlighted by a grand concert on July 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

    The four-night concert series, dubbed “Dionne Warwick Philippine Tour 2013,” will open with a dinner-show at the Manila Hotel Tent on July 20 for the benefit of the Missionaries of Mary, Mother of the Poor founded by Fr. Fernando Suarez.

    The succeeding shows will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 21, the Big Dome on July 23, and the University of Baguio on July 25.

    Sharing the spotlight with Warwick is Tavares, the popular American soul group of the 1970s and 1980s, which will do the front act for the show.

    Ovation Productions is bringing back the pop and R&B superstar to the concert and entertainment scene three years after her 2010 tour, during which she charmed the sold-out audiences at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.

    One of biggest acts of the 1960s and 1970s, Dionne Warwick attained international recognition for her sweet and rich vocals that propelled songs like “Walk On By,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” to the top of the charts.

    She started out as a member of the all-girl group, The Gospelaires, with her sister Dee Dee and Aunt Cissy in her hometown of East Orange, New Jersey, until her excellent vocal quality and elegant singing style attracted the attention of songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who subsequently placed her as a solo artist with the Sceptre record label.

    Cutting hit after hit all through the 60s and 70s, Warwick made history again in 1985 when she performed in the multi-Grammy Award-winning charity song, “We Are The World,” along with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Ray Charles. The song became the year’s biggest hit, spending four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 before being certified four times Platinum in the US alone.

    In the same year, she also scored one of her biggest hits with “That’s What Friends Are For,” an AIDS benefit single that also featured Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight. The song, penned by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, became a Triple No. 1–R&B, Adult Contemporary and four weeks at the top on Billboard Hot 100, aside from selling close to two million in the US alone.

    In 2012, Warwick celebrated her 50th year in music with the album, “Now,” which featured most of the songs written by Bacharach and David. She also marked the milestone with the distinction of being one of the best-selling singers of all time and being ranked among the 40 biggest hit-makers of the entire rock era (1955-2012) based on Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles charts.

    As of April this year, she is tied for third position with Madonna and behind only Aretha Franklin and Taylor Swift as the most-charted female vocalists of all time, with 56 of Warwick’s singles making the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1962 and 1998.

    For more ticket information, call 911-5555 or log on to www.ticketnet.com.

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