Dionne War­wick is among the ‘Mu­sic Leg­ends’ in a PBS show­case

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Dionne War­wick surely has a place in any mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion that in­vokes the word “le­gend.”

The six-time Grammy Award win­ner shares the stage with oth­ers who have re­ceived the record­ing in­dus­try’s top honor as PBS’ “Great Per­for­mances” presents its an­nual “Grammy Sa­lute to Mu­sic Leg­ends” Fri­day, Oct. 18 (check lo­cal list­ings). Sheila E. hosts the event – recorded last May at Los An­ge­les’ Dolby The­atre – that opens with fel­low singing icon Johnny Mathis ren­der­ing the War­wick stan­dard “Walk On By,” then War­wick her­self of­fer­ing “What the World Needs Now Is Love” be­fore her sons present her Le­gend award to her.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” the pleas­ant War­wick re­calls of the oc­ca­sion. “First of all, it’s very ex­cit­ing to know that you’re re­ceiv­ing the award. It’s been a long time, and I’m thrilled that they rec­og­nized my body of work.” That work en­com­passes other mu­sic-chart clas­sics that teamed her with song­writ­ers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, in­clud­ing “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Al­fie,” “I Say a Lit­tle Prayer,” “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Any­one Who Had a Heart.”

Hav­ing Mathis at the cer­e­mony also was spe­cial for War­wick. “Johnny and I have been friends for many, many years,” she notes, adding that his ap­pear­ance “was sup­posed to be a sur­prise, but some­body leaked it to me. That ac­tu­ally made it even more ex­cit­ing, just to know he was will­ing to do this for me.”

Among oth­ers hon­ored on the “Grammy Sa­lute to Mu­sic Leg­ends” (some posthu­mously) are Black Sab­bath, Ge­orge Clin­ton and Par­lia­men­tFunkadeli­c, Billy Eck­s­tine, Donny Hath­away, Julio Igle­sias and Sam & Dave. They rep­re­sent quite a mu­si­cal range, which War­wick likes: “That’s the magic of mu­sic, that there are so many dif­fer­ent gen­res. And I ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Cur­rently per­form­ing in a Las Ve­gas res­i­dency run­ning un­til late Novem­ber, War­wick re­flects, “Of­ten­times, I’ll sit and think of all the songs I’ve done over these years, and it’s amaz­ing. They’re won­der­ful ... and thank good­ness they’re songs that have the op­por­tu­nity to grow with peo­ple over the years, as they did with me. That has made them sus­tain.”

Dionne War­wick

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