Dee Dee Warwick, whose classic northern soul single "Worth Every Tear I Cry" / "Lover’s Chant" can fetch upwards of 500 dollars or more, has died; she was 63. Dee Dee, who was the sister of singer Dionne Warwick, cousin of Whitney Houston, and niece to gospel singer Cissy Houston, passed away last Saturday in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey. She had been in failing health for several months.
Born on September 25, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey as Delia Mae Warrick, she got her start as a gospel singer. As a teenager in the 1950’s she sang with her older sister as The Gospelaires and later with the Drinkard Singers, a long-running gospel group managed by their mother. Before embarking on a solo career in the mid 1960's, Dee Dee sang back up for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. Eventually she signed a deal with the Mercury label where she enjoyed considerable R&B success with such hits as “I Want to be With You” and “Foolish Fool.” "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," initially released by Warwick in 1966, was co-written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and was later covered by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations.
Dee Dee Warwick was also twice nominated for a Grammy in the early 1970’s for "Foolish Fool" and "She Didn't Know" for the ATCO label. Earlier this year she was featured in the title track from her sister’s gospel album Why We Sing and toured with Dionne on her My Music and Me show throughout Europe. Below are a couple of Dee Dee's best cuts, "We're Doing Fine" and "Worth Every Tear I Cry."
1. Mike Relm "Everytime (feat. Del the funky Homosapien & Adrian Hartley)" (Deep Fried)
2. Mulatto Patriot "Showtime (feat. Prosper Jones & Mena)" (MP)
3. People Under The Stairs "Letter 2 c/o The Bronx" (Gold Dust Media)
4. CYNE "Just Say No" (Hometapes)
5. Jake-One "I'm Coming (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)" (Rhymesayers)
6. Madlib the Beat Konducta "Disco Dance" (Rapster/BBE)
7. C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday" (Modular Moods)
8. Kaboose "Two Sides" (Syntax)
9. Cre-8 "Hootie & the Bloated Blowfish" (Potency)
10. Fort Knox Five "Sao Funky (pts. I & II featuring Javier Miranda)" (Fort Knox)
Mike Relm's hit-bound single "Everytime" appears in three different (emcee) versions on the SF DJ's brand new debut album Spectacle (out today, Oct 21st, and avail in Amoeba Music). The track features female vocalist Adrian Hartley (who he worked with on the Blue Man project) on each of the three versions. The best version ("Everytime") is with Oakland emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, while the other two (almost but not quite as good) versions feature the emcees Mr Lif ("You Break") and ADeeM ("My Heart"). The rest of this new album is really good too, with some nice electro tracks, cameos from Quannum's Lateef and GIft of Gab, plus a bunch of TV montage skits sprinkled throughout, which makes sense since Mike Relm's specialty is doing live video mixes culled from hours of TV and movies.
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One of this year's most anticipated new PlayStation3 (PS3) video games, LittleBigPlanet, which was scheduled to be released tomorrow (Tuesday) has had its release date postponed due to an official complaint by a Muslim group who objected to a song on the game's soundtrack. Reportedly this religious group issued a complaint to Sony, makers of PS3, over the inclusion of a song by Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté on the background music soundtrack. This piece of music quotes two verses or expressions from the Qur'an, and many Muslims consider the mixing of music and scripture to be extremely disrespectful.
The game was already pressed, packaged, shipped and ready to go on sale, but now instead of the new PS3 game becoming available on its scheduled release date of October 21st, it has had to be withdrawn, have the soundtrack altered, and the game repackaged. Impressively, Sony reps say that this process will only delay the shipping of the game by a little over one week, meaning that it ships next week and should be on most store shelves by the end of the month or early November.
On the PlayStation blog, Sony's US director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold, wrote, "Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible." Other artists on the soundtrack to this new PS3 game include Battles, whose music also appears in the promotional clip for LittleBigPlanet below.