It was a really nice show, and it was fun. The tribute to Dionne Warwick was great and we had an awesome time. I have a lot of my plate so it was nice to get this one over with. Here are some details: The Stylistics came on first and we did 3 tunes with them (“Rock and Roll Baby, You’ll never get to heaven and You make me feel brand new”). Then Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo (from the Fifth Dimension) came on and we performed “Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon, You don’t have to be a star, Aquarius, and I’ll never love this way again.” Then finally the evening was rounded off with Darlene Love (she sang backup for Dionne for 10 years). With her we did “Rebel, Don’t make me over and River Deep Mountain High.” It is way too early to find a decent video clip, so the only thing I could find on the ceremony this morning was this link:
In the end, everyone was brought onstage to perform “Then came you” done by Ms. Warwick and the Spinners. Clive Davis was also in attendance. From the interaction I got, it seemed as though the audience really enjoyed themselves. Afterwards I got to talk to the performers (we had only met up to rehearse this one same day) and talked for a little bit. I asked Dionne if she remembered us. I told her that we performed for her in Delaware for 2 shows when her sister died and she said that she absolutely remembered it. She also said that we were terrific last night. They were kind of rushing her out. It felt as though something was wrong with her (I sincerely hope that was not the case, but I don’t think she felt well). Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo were also very pleased as were the Stylistics. I am glad it is over with, and now I can focus on other things. I still have my Wednesday night event this evening and I need to be prepared for it. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Dionne Warwick in concert with Brett Jolly on bass