Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dee Dee Warwick--You're No Good (1963)

Before we get started, please allow me to thank so many of you who have provided support for my family over the last couple of months. It's been a trying time filled with some joys and some sadness, especially with death of my Mom. However, after taking some time off from all musical endeavors it's time to get back to what I love doing...listening and writing about music. Thanks for supporting the blog AND the radio show.

     Dee Dee Warwick was born in 1942 and was the youngest daughter of Mancel and Lee Warwick. She began singing gospel with her sister Dionne and her Aunt Cissy Houston in their church in New Jersey. The three eventually formed the group, The Gospelaires. After a performance in 1959, her and Dionne were contracted to do session work in the area. They did backing vocals for many acts out of the New York area, but also worked on their own solo career. Dee Dee's first single on the charts was this song written by Clint Ballard Jr and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It never cracked the top 100 for Dee Dee, but was a hit the next year for Betty Everett and was a No. 1 song for Linda Ronstadt in 1974. Dee Dee had a number of successes, especially on  the R&B charts, but was never able to fully come out from behind her sister's shadow.   


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