About The Dionne Warwick Special: Souled Out
Dionne Warwick was at the top of her game in 1969. Following a string of hits with composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David, the 29-year-old singer hosted this variety special, one of the first to be headlined by an African-American woman.
Warwick opens with the Bacharach-David composition “Alfie” and welcomes country superstar Glen Campbell, who sings “Here’s That Rainy Day” and duets with Dionne on “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay” and “Oh What A Woman.” Next, Creedence Clearwater Revival performs “Proud Mary” and Dionne follows with an inventively staged Gospel tribute to her grandfather, a Baptist preacher.
After a powerful rendition of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” Warwick is joined by comedian George Kirby for a delightful segment of musical impressions. (Kirby was a variety show regular in the ‘60s who went on to host his own series.) Warwick sits in with Bacharach and a full orchestra for “A House Is Not A Home” and Campbell joins them for a medley of Bacharach hits, including “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.”
Unavailable on DVD, Souled Out demonstrates the sophisticated and soulful style that has made Dionne Warwick one of the top selling female vocalists of all time.
Notable guest stars: Glen Campbell, Burt Bacharach, Creedence Clearwater Revival, George Kirby
Produced by Pierre Cossette, Burt Sugarman and Robert Wells