|DEE DEE WARWICK (Associated Press/File 1969)|
Dee Dee Warwick, 63, R&B and soul singer
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Dee Dee Warwick, a soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, has died. She was 63.
Ms. Warwick died Saturday at a nursing home in Essex County, said Kevin Sasaki, a family spokesman. She had been in failing health in recent months, he said, and her sister was with her when she died.
Ms. Warwick had several hits on the soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and '70s, including "Foolish Fool," "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)," and a version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" that was later covered by Diana Ross and The Supremes.
Ms. Warwick also was a two-time Grammy Award nominee and sang backup for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and others before starting her solo career.
Born in Newark, Ms. Warwick was a teenager when she began singing with her older sister in the late 1950s. The two performed as The Gospelaires and also collaborated and sang with the Drinkard Singers, a long-running gospel group that also featured some of the Warwicks' aunts and uncles and was managed by their mother.
Most recently, Ms. Warwick provided background vocals for her sister's recent one-woman autobiographical show, "My Music & Me," which played to sold-out crowds in Europe this year.