Warwick, Dee Dee


Band members                              Related acts

- Dee Dee Warwick (aka Delia Mae Warrick), aka Dee Dee

   Bridgewater (RIP 2008) --  vocals 

 

 

 

- The Gospelaires

 

 

 


 

Genre: soul

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  I Want To Be with You

Company: Mercury

Catalog: SR 61100
Year:
 1967

Country/State: Newark, New Jersey

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: stereo pressing; minor ring wear

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5930

Price: $40.00

 

Genre: soul

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  I Want To Be with You

Company: Mercury

Catalog: MG 21100
Year:
 1967

Country/State: Newark, New Jersey

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: mono pressing; minor ring wear

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 1225

Price: $60.00

 

Sadly the late Dee Dee Warwick never achieved the stardom, or recognition that her sister Dionne achieved.  That's unfortunate since she was easily as talented as Dionne.  I might even argue her voice was better - certainly more soulful.

 

Warwick's professional musical career began in the mid-1950s as a member of The Gospelaires which she formed with older sister Dionne and her aunt Cissy Houston. Like many other Gospel singers, by the late1950s she'd expanded her repertoire to include secular music, becoming an in-demand sessions singer supporting a broad spectrum of era pop and soul acts (including some of her sister's early sessions).  Starting in 1963 she began to pursue a low-keyed solo career via a recording contract with Jubilee and the release of a Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced 45:

 

- 1963's 'You're No Good' b/w 'Don't Call Me Anymore' (Jubilee catalog number 5459) # 117 pop

 

Even though the single hit the lower ranks of the pop charts, Jubilee dropped Warwick.  

 

Convinced they could make her a star Leiber and Stoller signed her to their Tiger label producing her second single (they couldn't):

 

- 1964's 'Don't Think My Baby's Coming Back' b/w 'Standing By' (Tiger catalog number 103)

 

Warwick's next single was released by the small New York Hurd label:

 

 

- 1964s 'I Can't Go Back' b/w 'I (Who Have Nothing)' (Hurd catalog number 79)

 

A year later she reappeared on Carl Proctor's Mercury distributed Blue Rock label:

 

- 1965's 'Do It with All of Your Heart' b/w ''Happiness (Blue Rock catalog number 4008) # 124 pop

- 1965's 'I Want To Be with You' b/w 'We're Doing Fine' (Blue Rock catalog number 4027)

- 1965's 'You Don't Know What You Do To Me' b/w 'We're Doing Fine' (Blue Rock catalog number 4028) # 96 pop; # 28 R&B

- 1965's 'Gotta Get a Hold of Myself' b/w 'Another Lonely Saturday' (Blue Rock catalog number 4032)

 

When Blue Rock folded Warwick was picked up by Mercury.

 

- 1966's 'I Want To Be with You' b/w 'Lover's Chant' (Mercury catalog number 72548) # 41 pop; # 9 R&B

- 1966's 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' b/w 'Yours Until Tomorrow' (Mercury catalog number 72638) # 88 pop, # 13 R&B

 

Even though Warwick had enjoyed considerable commercial success over the previous four years, Mercury management didn't get around to releasing an album until 1967's "I Want To be with You".  Apparently still uncertain of Warwick's commercial potential, the album was essentially a compilation that served to sweep up material from her earlier Blue Rock and Mercury singles.  Only two of the ten tracks were 'new' performances ('Worth Every Tear I Cry' and 'House of Gold').  For a retrospective, the album was surprisingly impressive, serving to showcase Warwick's surprisingly soulful voice.  Anyone expecting to hear Dionne-styled MOR pop was likely to be surprised by tracks like ' I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' and the bluesy 'Happiness'.

 

"I Want To Be with You" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I Want To Be with You   (L. Adams - C. Strouse) - 2:20

Her first single for Mercury, 'I Want To Be with You' was a BIG, BIG ballad.  Complete with Phil Spector-styled arrangement, the song was originally featured in the Broadway Show "Golden Boy".  Warwick was lucky to have survived the song.  It would have swallowed Dionne without a trace.  There was a decent melody in there somewhere, but amidst all the reverb, echo, and the huge arrangement it was hard to tell.    YouTube has a black and white clip of Warwick lip synching the tune for some forgotten television show.   The young white audience seems pretty clueless about the whole thing.  Warwick appears around the six minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o76oxyiRx8 . rating: *** stars

2.) We're Doing Fine    (H. Ott) - 2:37

An earlier Blue Rock 'B' side, 'We're Doing Fine' was a far funkier track that served to showcase Warwick's taunt and likeable voice.  It would have been even better with a streamlined arrangement.    From the same YouTube as above, Warwick appears around the three minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o76oxyiRx8 . rating: *** stars

3.) Do It with All Your Heart    (Ed Townsend) - 2:27

Ed Townsend produced a great deal of Warwick's catalog and 'Do It with All Your Heart' was one he also wrote.  Her first single of Blue Rock, this one was a very nice soul ballad with one of those instantly recognizable hooks.   Love the nod to then-popular dances (twist, monkey, etc.).   rating: **** stars

4.) Gotta Get a Hold of Myself    (Clint Ballard Jr. - A. Riela) - 2:50

Warwick's final Blue Rock 45, 'Gotta Get a Hold of Myself ' showcased a deeper voice than Warwick normally employed.  The basic song wasn't anything great, kind of fumbling around for a melody and rhythm, though the chorus was okay.  The Zombies cover is actually better  rating: ** stars

5.) Worth Every Tear I Cry   (H. Ott - R. Evretts) - 2:11

One of the two 'new' performances, 'Worth Every Tear I Cry' was a nice up tempo soul number.  Once again a cluttered arrangement served to distract from the performance and Warwick made the mistake of confusing shrieking with power.   rating: *** stars  

 

(side 2)
1.) I'm Gonna Make You Love Me   (Kenny Gamble - Jerry Ross) - 3:02

My choice for standout performance, her cover of Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross' 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' should have been an even bigger hit than it was (# 88 pop).  Simply a classic soul performance.  Interestingly, The Temptations and Supremes enjoyed a massive hit when they released a cover of the track that used virtually the same arrangement.   rating: **** stars  

2.) Yours Until Tomorrow   (Gerry Goffin - Carole King) - 3:02

An earlier 'B' side, 'Yours Until Tomorrow' offered up a nice, if slightly MOR cover of the Goffin-King classic.  While far from my favorite performance, the song did serve as a wonderful showcase for Warwick's voice.   rating: *** stars  

3.) Another Lonely Saturday    (Bob Elgin - Eddie Snyder) - 3:03

The MOR ballad 'Another Lonely Saturday' was the one song that could have been mistaken for a Dionne Warwick performance.  Simply too sappy for my tastes.   rating: ** stars  

4.) Happiness    (Ed Townsend) - 2:27

Another Ed Townsend composition, 'Happiness' was interesting for its bluesy feel and the fadeout references to then popular celebrities (Ed Sullivan, Sammy Davis Jr.).  Hard to imagine Dionne recording something like this one.   rating: ** stars

5.) House of Gold   (Phillips - Barkan) - 2:20

The second 'new' track, 'House of Gold' found Warwick taking a stab at the then-popular Latin feel that was invading pop charts.  In theory this should have been about as enjoyable as your normal Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass record, but Warwick somehow managed to make it work.   rating: *** stars    

 

Not sure why, but this is a surprisingly hard to score LP !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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