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Dionne Warwick performs Saturday night in Beaver Creek

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

During her four-decade music career, Dionne Warwick has done it all. After all, she’s released more than 40 albums, charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won five Grammy Awards, worked with music legends such as Burt Bacharach, Isaac Hayes and Stevie Wonder and even enjoyed a short film career.

“Being in the music industry for the past 48 years has been wonderful,” Warwick wrote in an e-mail last week, while touring in Europe. “I think I have covered everything in these past 48 years.”

Indeed, it would be hard to argue with that.

Early on in her career, during the ’60s, songs such as”Walk On By” and “Don’t Make Me Over” helped establish her as a true singing talent and hitmaker. More than 30 years later, “Wishin’ and Hoping” and “I Say a Little Prayer” showed up in the 1997 film “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” giving her career a resurgence by connecting her music with a new generation.

While Warwick has never written any of the songs she made famous singing, a close collaboration with songwriters and producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David assured her success. They composed many of her biggest hits, and she said she’s still good friends with Bacharach to this day.

Warwick makes her first appearance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Saturday night on a stage that Bacharach himself graced only a year ago.

Kris Sabel, cultural programmer for the Vail Valley Foundation, said one of the first 45s he ever owned was Warwick’s “Walk on By” single.

“She’s a legend. There are so many top-10 songs that those of us of a certain generation know and love, but it transcends older and younger generations,” Sabel said. “This is great to get a chance to see these people who’ve been icons in music, to get to see them in that great little theater. I’m just very excited.”

Many people remember Warwick as the host for the Psychic Friends Network throughout the ’90s when her career as a musician began to slump, but since those days, she’s been everywhere ” from appearances on “American Idol” here in the states to “Divas II” in the UK. In the past four years, she’s also released a gospel album and Christmas album and said a new project is in the works and should be ready for release next year.

Though record sales and hit singles may never blaze as brightly as they did during the first half of her career, Warwick knows she’s achieved a level of success and seen ups and downs in a life that many musicians can only hope to one day match. Ever the professional performer, Warwick said that those in the crowd tonight can expect to hear “music I hope all attending have grown to love over the years, as I have.”

High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.

What: Legendary singer Dionne Warwick.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

Cost: $85, $100 or $115, depending on seating.

More information: Call 888-920-2787 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

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