FEBRUARY 27. 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 11
Dionne Warwick Still at Peak of Her Form
By John Swenson
UPI Pop Writer
LOS ANGELES (UPI)—"That's What
Friends Are For," a benefit song for
AIDS research featuring Dionne War
wick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and
Gladys Knight, won two Grammys
The tune, which has raised $750,000
for AIDS research, was named song of
the year and it also won a Grammy for
best pop performance by a duo or group
It also marked the reunion of Warwick and Burt Bacharach, who co-wrote
the song with Carole Bayer Sager and
who helped launch Warwick's career 25
Warwick, 45, grew up in a family of
gospel singers singing at local New Jersey venues in a family group called the
Drinkard Singers. After studying at
Hartt College of Music in Hartford,
Conn., Warwick was signed to a production deal by Scepter Records in 1962 to
sing songs written by the team of Burt
Bacharach and Hal David.
Their first collaboration, "Don't
Make Me Over," hit No. 21 on the pop
charts. In 1963 the team had their first
major hit with "Anyone Who Had a
Heart," a Top 10 single. "Walk On By"
reached No. 6 in 1964.
Other hits followed: "You'll Never Get
to Heaven," (1964); "I Just Don't Know
What to Do with Myself and "Message
to Michael" (1966); "I Say a Little
Prayer" and "Alfie" (1967).
Warwick climaxed her late '60s triumphs singing Bacharach- David compositions with "Do You Know the Way
to San Jose," "Valley of the Dolls,"
"This Girl's in Love with You" and "I'll
Never Fall in Love Again" before leav
ing for another record company and
In 1974 Warwick combined with the
Spinners on the No. 1 hit "Then Came
You," followed by the Top 5 "Once You
Hit the Road" in 1975. Warwick scored
another Top 5 hit in 1979 with "I'll
Never Love This Way Again."
In the early '80s Warwick worked
with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees on the
"Heartbreaker" album, from which the
title track and "Take the Short Way
Home" became hits.
The song "That's What Friends Are
For" has raised $750,000 for AIDS
Sager said she hoped it would raise
even more now that it has won two
Grammys. The money is channeled
through the American Foundation for
AIDS research, which is chaired by Elizabeth Taylor.
"Every time that song is played,
maybe it calls mores attention to it
(AIDS, and maybe someone will give
some money." Bacharach said.
Sager said she wants everyone to
know that AIDS "attacks everyone, is
not a homosexual disease. It's a disease
of our time. There's no cure and everyone dies. It's horrible."
Romancing the Rock'n Rollers
By John Swenson
NEW YORK (UPI)—The erotic and
sometimes abusive experiences of
young women "groupies" on the rock
lour trail is described in an current MTV
series designed to give the music video
channel's audience a wider range of programs.
The documentary covers sexual
exploits between male rock musicians
and young women enamored with the
idea of having sex with the stars.
"I'd do anything," was the refrain of
swarming youngsters outside stage
doors and concerts across the country.
"We're trying to broaden our
audience," said Doug Herzog, MTV vice
president of music news and special projects. "It's an attempt to reach as many
people as possible. I think this is a subject that is of interest not just to the
heavy MTV viewer but to the casual
viewer because it sounds interesting
Shown in its entirety last weekend,
the program is a dramatic switch away
from the teen-oriented music videos that
have been the cable television network's
staple during its five-year history.
"The show tells you about what the
backstage scene at rock concerts is
about," Herzog said.
Producers Barbara Kanowitz and
Debbie Liebling tell the viewer a lot
more than what goes on backstage,
though. Interviews with well-known
groupies over the years and rock stars
who have known them build a steamy
picture of love on the run.
"I wanted to smell them," says groupie Miss Pamela. "I wanted to peel the
shirt off (Jimmy Page's) dripping wet
body and hold it against my face."
Veteran rocker Carmine Appice
admits that musicians on the road get
lonely and groupies help stave off the
boredom of touring.
Appice talks during the program
about one of the most notorious groupie
episodes, a bondage party at a Seattle
waterside hotel where guests, including
I.ed Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge, could
fish from balconies.
"The most disgusting thing I've ever
seen in my life." Appice said of the
affair. "They abused this woman with a
Frank Zappa later wrote a satirical
rock operetta about the incident starring vocalists Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Part of this musicis used as
the documentary's theme song.
Zappa, who describes the groupie-
rock star relationship as "corny," seems
amused by the whole phenomenon.
"The fantasies that guys in bands
have—many of them are really incredibly stupid," Zappa said. "They're not
going to realize how stupid they are
until years after they've gone through
the experience. They're not out there
looking for the girl they're going to
marry; they're looking for a specimen."
Vince Neil of Motley Crue illustrates
Zappa's point by making a series of
lurid sexist observations about groupies
before admitting, "If I had a little girl I
wouldn't want my girl at any rock concert. I wouldn't let her know I was in a
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