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The Complete Atco Recordings 2CD

Dee Dee Warwick
The Complete Atco Recordings 2CD

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It’s not easy being a singer and the younger sister of music
legend Dionne Warwick, but Dee Dee Warwick contributed a
rich body of soulful recordings from the early ‘60s all the way
into the mid-‘80s. While she didn’t attain the same international
recognition afforded her sibling, the two-time Grammynominated
Warwick more than earned her place in the soul
music pantheon. Indeed, as Dionne herself put it succinctly in
a note for a 1996 compilation of some of Dee Dee’s Atco
work, “Dee Dee is the singer in the family…”
Sharing the same gospel background as her sister and
other members of her family (the renowned Drinkard Singers
whose line-up included famed aunt Emily “Cissy” Houston),
Dee Dee’s career in secular music began in 1961 when she
and Dionne (as part of The Gospelaires, a group they had
formed as teenagers) were invited to sing backgrounds for a
recording by saxophonist Sam “The Man” Taylor. Dee Dee
became a consistent and well-known New York session singer during the early ‘60s,
and could be heard on recordings by Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin (at Columbia Records at the time),
Nina Simone and a bevvy of soul stars including Garnet Mimms, Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Esther
Phillips, The Drifters, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke and her sister’s hits for Scepter Records among others.
Dee Dee’s solo career began in 1963 with the original version of the now-classic “You’re No Good”; in
1965, she signed with Blue Rock Records, a division of Mercury Records before switching to the main
Mercury label. Over the next five years, she cut two albums and released over a dozen singles including the
1966 Top 10 R&B and Top 50 pop hit, “I Want to Be with You,” the original of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”
(covered by The Supremes & The Temptations) and the Grammy-nominated “Foolish Fool,” a 1969 Top 20
R&B and Top 60 pop hit.
In 1970, Dee Dee signed with Atco Records; during her two years with the label, she recorded prolifically,
cutting a total of 35 tracks, all of which are included in this two-disc 2014 Real Gone Music/SoulMusic
Records anthology, The Complete Atco Recordings. This unprecedented collection features her entire 1970
Atco album Turning Around (with the Grammy-nominated Top 10 R&B hit “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On
Talking)”); three non-album singles (both “A” and “B” sides); eight tracks previously released on various
compilations; and a treasure trove of twelve previously unissued tracks from Atlantic’s vaults, all remastered
by Mike Milchner at SonicVision. The photo-festooned liner notes by reissue producer David Nathan include
quotes from Dee Dee, who passed away in October 2008, leaving behind a great legacy of some of the best
soul music ever recorded.

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It’s not easy being a singer and the younger sister of music
legend Dionne Warwick, but Dee Dee Warwick contributed a
rich body of soulful recordings from the early ‘60s all the way
into the mid-‘80s. While she didn’t attain the same international
recognition afforded her sibling, the two-time Grammynominated
Warwick more than earned her place in the soul
music pantheon. Indeed, as Dionne herself put it succinctly in
a note for a 1996 compilation of some of Dee Dee’s Atco
work, “Dee Dee is the singer in the family…”
Sharing the same gospel background as her sister and
other members of her family (the renowned Drinkard Singers
whose line-up included famed aunt Emily “Cissy” Houston),
Dee Dee’s career in secular music began in 1961 when she
and Dionne (as part of The Gospelaires, a group they had
formed as teenagers) were invited to sing backgrounds for a
recording by saxophonist Sam “The Man” Taylor. Dee Dee
became a consistent and well-known New York session singer during the early ‘60s,
and could be heard on recordings by Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin (at Columbia Records at the time),
Nina Simone and a bevvy of soul stars including Garnet Mimms, Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Esther
Phillips, The Drifters, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke and her sister’s hits for Scepter Records among others.
Dee Dee’s solo career began in 1963 with the original version of the now-classic “You’re No Good”; in
1965, she signed with Blue Rock Records, a division of Mercury Records before switching to the main
Mercury label. Over the next five years, she cut two albums and released over a dozen singles including the
1966 Top 10 R&B and Top 50 pop hit, “I Want to Be with You,” the original of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”
(covered by The Supremes & The Temptations) and the Grammy-nominated “Foolish Fool,” a 1969 Top 20
R&B and Top 60 pop hit.
In 1970, Dee Dee signed with Atco Records; during her two years with the label, she recorded prolifically,
cutting a total of 35 tracks, all of which are included in this two-disc 2014 Real Gone Music/SoulMusic
Records anthology, The Complete Atco Recordings. This unprecedented collection features her entire 1970
Atco album Turning Around (with the Grammy-nominated Top 10 R&B hit “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On
Talking)”); three non-album singles (both “A” and “B” sides); eight tracks previously released on various
compilations; and a treasure trove of twelve previously unissued tracks from Atlantic’s vaults, all remastered
by Mike Milchner at SonicVision. The photo-festooned liner notes by reissue producer David Nathan include
quotes from Dee Dee, who passed away in October 2008, leaving behind a great legacy of some of the best
soul music ever recorded.

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DISC 1
1. WHAT MANNER OF MAN (Previously Unreleased)
2. YOU TORE MY WALL DOWN (Previously Unreleased)
3. ONLY THE ONE YOU LOVE
4. THE WAY WE USED TO DO
5. SHE DIDN’T KNOW (SHE KEPT ON TALKING)
6. MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY
7. MAKE LOVE TO ME
8. I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE
9. WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE
10. I’M ONLY HUMAN
11. DOWN SO LOW
12. IF THIS WAS THE LAST SONG
13. A GIRL WHO’LL SATISFY HER MAN
14. I’M GLAD I’M A WOMAN
15. NOW THAT THERE’S YOU (Previously Unreleased)
16. SEARCHIN’
17. CAN’T WE BEGIN AGAIN (Previously Unreleased)
DISC 2
1. COLD NIGHT IN GEORGIA
2. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I SEE MY BABY’S FACE
3. LOVE I FOUND (IN YOU)
4. RESCUE ME
5. POOKY (Previously Unreleased)
6. SUSPICIOUS MINDS
7. MAKE IT WITH YOU (Previously Unreleased)
8. TURN AROUND AND LOVE YOU
9. SWEET DREAMS (Previously Unreleased)
10. CAN’T IT WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW (Previously Unreleased)
11. EVERYBODY’S GOT TO BELIEVE IN SOMEBODY
12. IN THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE (Previously Unreleased)
13. SIGNED DEDE
14. SWEET DREAMS (ALTERNATE TAKE) (Previously Unreleased)
15. THE WAY WE USED TO DO (ALTERNATE TAKE) (Previously Unreleased)
16. TAKE YOUR TIME AND LOVE ME
17. BEAUTY, DUTY, CHARM AND SEX (Previously Unreleased)
18. WORLDS APART