Dee Dee Warwick: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

Background Vocals

Dee Dee Warwick

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

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Written by Carl D’Errico and Neil Diamond (The record provided by Jeff Collins (New York), who received it personally from Carl D’Errico)

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Background Vocals

During her career, Dee Dee Warwick recorded background vocals (the most active years 1961 – 1965) for over 400 songs for:

  • Solomon Burke
  • Garnet Mimms
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Ben E. King
  • The Drifters
  • Chuck Jackson
  • Tommy Hunt
  • Brook Benton
  • Lou Johnson
  • Brooks O’Dell
  • Fred Anisfield
  • Adam Wade
  • Cheryl Williams
  • Billy Duke
  • Billy Washington
  • Junior Lewis
  • Nina Simone
  • Esther Phillips
  • Betty Harris
  • Connie Francis
  • Maxine Brown
  • Shirley Ellis
  • Irma Thomas
  • Jackie DeShannon
  • Joan Toliver
  • Mary Wells
  • Van McCoy
  • Bobby Lewis
  • Michael-Ann
  • Curtis Knight
  • The Corvairs
  • The DC Playboys
  • Debbie Rollins
  • Roy Hamilton
  • Van Morrison
  • The Isley Brothers
  • Linda Scott
  • Judy Clay
  • Cissy Houston
  • Sylvia Shemwell
  • Estelle Brown
  • Jackie Verdell
  • Marie Knight
  • Ronnie Hawkins
  • Marv Johnson
  • The Vibrations
  • Freddie Scott
  • Harold Burrage
  • Roscoe Shelton
  • Dinah Washington
  • LaVern Baker
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Elvis Presley
  • Little Richard
  • Jimmy Radcliffe
  • The Exciters
  • Rudy Lewis
  • Clyde McPhatter
  • Kenni Woods
  • Cathy Saint
  • Tutti Hill
  • Freddie Solomon
  • Susan Lynne
  • Edna McGriff
  • Teacho Wiltshire
  • Nappy Brown
  • Sam The Man Taylor
  • Kai Winding
  • Herbie Mann
  • Allison Gary
  • Bert Keyes
  • Buddy Lucas
  • The Rhoda Scott Trio
  • Bobby Hendricks
  • Tony Williams
  • Johnny Thunder
  • Billy Adams
  • Garrett Saunders
  • King Coleman
  • Ludaway
  • Billy Byers

At various times the background vocals group also included: Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith, Doris Troy, Jackie Verdell and Judy Clay. If you have heard their unique background vocals and it’s not on this list, please write to me, contact at the bottom of the site. Special thanks to: MerkJan Oosterhoff (NL), Jeff Collins, (USA) John Benson (UK)

Dee Dee became ‘contractor’ for the group, then called ‘Dee Dee’s Girls’. “Once I had half of the group at one place and half at another doing two different dates I had booked for the same time. It came out all right. I was with one and Cissy Houston was with the other, but I decided to give it up rather than mess it up, you know.”

– Dee Dee Warwick

DEE DEE WARWICK AND HER GIRLS

H: So who was all the background singers at that time? It was you
D: Well, it was me, Dionne, Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown and Sylvia Shemwell. Basically, that was the group.
H: And singing, what sort of, what is a background singer?
D: Background singers supply a feel or a lick, you know. A lick is like (singing), you know, we support the lead singer. And the lead singer can respond off of us. So, we fill in where the gaps are, backing them up (laughter).
H: So you’re at Savoy, and you’re doing a lot of backup work. About what year did it really take off for you?
D: Sixty-one (1961), ’61 (1961) or ’62 (1962), somewhere in there.

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