Classics: Classics: Dionne Warwick – Walk On By (Scepter Records)
“If you see me walking down the street, and I start to cry each time we meet. Walk on by, walk on by…”
East Orange, NJ-born Dionne Warwick hails from a family of activists in the music business. With her dad remembered as a Gospel record promoter for Chess Records. Meanwhile her mom was the manager of The Drinkard Singers. Itself a group with whom she would do her first TV performances in the second half of the 50’s…
In 1958, she along with Myrna Utley, Carol Slade, and her sister Delia (aka Dee Dee Warwick), formed their own group, which they called The Gospelaires.
The end of 1962 saw her releasing her first solo single by the likes of the memorable ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ on Scepter Records. This would be the very first of an impressive list of timeless standards. Including the 1963 released ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’. A smoothie recorded during the same session that yielded ‘Walk On By’. This along with songwriters/producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Unsurprisingly countless luminaries would come with their own in terpreation of ‘Walk On By’ along with time. From Isaac Hayes to Average White Band, D-Train and Sybil to name but a few…
Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most charted female vocalist of all time. With 69 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.