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Dionne Warwick: Now

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James Bond isn’t the only one celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. Dionne Warwick’s new album, Now, marks the five-time Grammy Award winning music legend’s 50th year as a performer. Considering she’s had more than 60 hit songs and sold more than 100 million records, Warwick has plenty to be proud of.

Now features 12 songs, old and new, by Burt Bacharach and the late, great Hal David. As if that wasn’t enough, the album was produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. What sets Now apart from Warwick’s previous albums is while she covers a few of her biggest hits, she also offers beautiful renditions of lesser known songs that are sure to please longtime fans as well as those that enjoyed Warwick’s recent foray into Jazz with Only Trust Your Heart.

This week I plan on celebrating two 50th anniversaries: James Bond’s and Dionne Warwick’s. It may seem like an unlikely combination. However, in the 1960s Warwick recorded her own version of “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.” This song was first recorded by Shirley Bassey and was supposed to be the theme song for Thunderball prior to Tom Jones’ classic song being chosen for the film.

Below you’ll find two videos. One is of “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and the other is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Now. Enjoy!

Hal David: Grammy-Winning Lyricist Dies At 91

I woke up this morning and read that Hal David died from complications related to a stroke. Working with Burt Bacharach, he wrote innumerable songs for a variety of recording artists, but their most memorable material was sung by the incomparable Dionne Warwick. Bacharach, David and Warwick defined the 1960s with hits such as “I Say A Little Pray,” “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk On By.”

To celebrate 50 years in show business, Dionne Warwick’s upcoming album, Now, produced by Phil Ramone, will feature four new songs written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. While I look forward to hearing the rest of the album, these four songs will serve as a reminder of the magic these three musical giants created when working together.

Below is a 14-minute medley by Dionne Warwick, in 2000, during a tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David, as well as a lesser-known, but beautiful Bacharach-David song, “Sunny Weather Lover.” Enjoy!

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