82 Y/o LEGEND Dionne Warwick Performs Her 1985 #1 “That’s What Friends Are For” With Grandchildren Kato And Cheyenne

Dionne Warwick’s incredible 62-year career in the music biz has witnessed countless astounding moments, from her historic landmark as the first African-American woman to perform for Queen Elizabeth II in England, to her #1 charity single with fellow pop legends Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight. But in 2023, Dionne took to the stage for a gig unlike any other she’d performed before!

Accompanied by her granddaughter Cheyenne and a backing band, Dionne reminisced to her LA audience over some tidbits about her iconic charity single, before breaking into song. In a hilarious moment, Dionne’s young nephew Kato rushed out on stage in an adorable suit vest, at which Dionne cut the song, disgruntled and said, “Oh, I forgot!” The audience howled as Dionne confessed, “My bad” and gave Kato a proper introduction.

This is one adorable performance — Dionne’s stunning vocals are tinted bittersweet at 82 years old, while miniature Kato’s voice is adorably untrained and cutesy with youth. Cheyenne (29, and a rising R&B star in her own right) holds her ground with her velvet voice and a stunning respect for her musical family. Fun fact: Dionne is first cousins with Whitney Houston; the family talent clearly runs thick as blood.

Born in New Jersey, Dionne Warwick’s been a queen of the soul scene since landing her first record deal in 1962. Her hit singles, “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Walk On By” and “Don’t Make Me Over” crowned her career, releasing 40 studio albums and reaching the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 69 times to date. Only the legendary Aretha Franklin beats her record for most-charted female vocalist.

Dionne’s record deal was prompted by her soon-to-be long-term collaborator and songwriter Burt Bacharach, who wrote the song, “That’s What Friends Are For” for Rod Stewart’s original version; the soundtrack to the 1982 comedy flick “Night Shift.” Burt Bacharach, a legend himself, is renowned as the writer of “What’s New Pussycat” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” and died the same year as Dionne performed this LA show with her family.

Dionne re-recorded the Rod Stewart hit in 1985 with her trio of star guests, hitting #1 on the US charts and raising over $3M for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Stevie Wonder plays the harmonica in its video, but unbeknownst to viewers, Elton John also recorded the piano track! This groundbreaking single went on to win two Grammy Awards: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Song of the Year.

Dionne may have earned a place in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy HoF and even a Lifetime Achievement Award, but her humble nature and vibrant personality on stage with her family are what make her a legend.

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