Monday, July 23, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dionne Warwick & Luther Vandross

Artist:Dionne Warwick & Luther Vandross
Song:How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
Album:The Definitive Collection

Dionne Warwick was one of the most reliable hitmakers of the 60s usually working with the songwriting and production team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. But things came to a screeching halt in 1972 when she left Scepter Records for Warner Bros. She was supposed to continue working with Bacharach and David. But after their musical remake of The Lost Horizon failed miserably, they split up. Dionne still had to record for Warners. She sued them and got an out of court settlement. Things did not go well at Warners except when producer Thom Bell paired Dionne with The Spinners. Then Came You topped the charts in 1974. Dionne signed with Arista Records in 1979. She had success right off the top with the 1979 hit I'll Never Love This Way Again produced by Barry Manilow. In 1982, she had a hit duet with Johnny Mathis Friends In Love. And her 1982 album Heartbreakers was produced by Andy Gibb and the title song duet was a hit. Then she recorded How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye in 1983. The album was produced by R & B crooner Luther Vandross and they sang together on the title song. It was a top twenty pop hit and reached the top ten on the R & B and Adult Contemporary chart. The song was written by recording engineer Steve Goldman. You can get it on this Dionne Warwick comp and it is also on some Luther Vandross comps. Dionne's success continued with the 1985 hit That's What Friends Are For and the 1987 hit Love Power, a duet with Jeffrey Osborne. Dionne faded in the early 90s and left Arista in 1994. She's still around but based on conventional wisdom, she shouldn't have been successful in the 80s. So credit to her and Arista owner Clive Davis for that. Here's the video for How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye by Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross.

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