Dionne Warwick has returned to the Aloha State. Not just to visit her son, Damon, who lives here, but to perform her debut at the Blue Note Hawaii, tonight through Sunday. The gifted entertainer took time to explore some of her many experiences with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.
In this conversation, Dionne reveals some of her early music indoctrination through her family and several gospel-based music groups they performed in, shares the story of her truly unusual endorsement from Elvis Presley, offers insight into the close professional relationship with Burt Bacharach she's maintained, explains meeting both Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder as children, provides background on her all-star cover of That's What Friends Are For, and enjoys a story from Dave about her debut in Hawaii, thanks to Steve the mystery emailer's treasure trove of history.
Hear the complete conversation:
See a 2017 concert video recorded in her home state of New Jersey: