Dee Dee Warwick – 1970 -Turning Around

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One of the greatest moments ever from Dee Dee Warwick – and a set that definitely shows her to be one of the more soulful members of her famous family! The set’s got a much deeper soul sound than some of Dee Dee’s other material – as Atlantic has Warwick working down at Criteria Studios, with production by Dave Crawford – in a mode that’s steeped in previous southern soul styles from Memphis and Muscle Shoals! In a way, Atlantic was probably hoping to do to Dee Dee what they did to Aretha Franklin – take an already competent, sophisticated soul singer, and give her a deep soul sound that really pushes the boundaries. And in this case, the session actually works, and works great – thanks in part to The Sweet Inspirations, who back up Dee Dee in the same way they backed up Aretha – supporting her strong lead with some wonderful harmonies.

Tracks
A1
If This Was The Last Song 3:27
A2 
More Today Than Yesterday 4:10
A3
Who Will The Next Fool Be 3:40
A4
I’m Glad I’m A Woman 2:57
A5
She Didn’t Know 3:45
B1
A Girl Who’ll Satisfy Her Man 3:25
B2
I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else 3:06
B3
I’m Only Human 3:10
B4
Make Love To Me 2:45
B5
Down So Low 4:16

Dee Dee Warwick spent most of her career in the shadow of her significantly more famous sister, Dionne Warwick, and that’s a shame, since Dee Dee was a very gifted soul singer with a style quite different than that of her sibling. Dee Dee Warwick had a stronger and more forceful instrument than Dionne, revealing a clear gospel influence, and she could belt out deep Southern soul with passion and authority. Dee Dee’s first album for Atco, 1970’s Turning Around, is a small triumph; produced by Dave Crawford with Jim Dickson and the Dixie Flyers backing her up, this is top-notch Southern soul with a bit of rock & roll flash in Charlie Freeman’s guitar and no shortage of groove in Sammy Creason’s drumming. Crawford rounded up a great set of songs for Warwick on these sessions; “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking)” is a slow and slinky cheating song that was a well deserved R&B hit, “I’m Glad I’m a Woman” speaks of a happier romance with no shortage of heart and happiness, Warwick gives Jimmy Webb’s “If This Was the Last Song” a reading that fuses intelligence and emotional power, and her take on Charlie Rich’s “Who Will the Next Fool Be” is a bluesy triumph of a woman done wrong. One thing Dee Dee had in common with Dionne was a welcome sense of restraint, and while the performances on Turning Around don’t hold back on the emotional intensity, she doesn’t overplay, and even when she’s getting happy on these tunes, she sounds honest rather than histrionic. Turning Around should have established Dee Dee Warwick as a powerhouse talent and a star in her own right; that didn’t quite happen, but four decades after it was released it still sounds like a classic from the tail end of soul’s golden age that deserves rediscovery. Mark Deming, All Music Guide

…..In spite of some great recordings for the label (which released a total of two albums, a self-titled 1966 debut and 1969’s “Foolish Fool”), Dee Dee’s recording career needed a boost. In a 1995 interview, she noted, “Mercury wanted to re-sign me but Atlantic made a better offer…I got a brand new car and some nice money! Jerry Wexler, who I had known for many years from all the background work I had done behind Atlantic artists, signed me and he and I picked most of the material I recorded for Atco.”

Dee Dee’s first session for Atco in February 1970 represented a reunion with producer Ed Townsend. Four tunes were cut although nothing was ever released from that session until the 1996 release of “The Atco Sessions” on Ichiban’s Soul Classics label. Included in that collection were two tunes, “Only The One You Love,” a song that had previously been recorded by Aretha Franklin on Columbia and released in 1967 on the album, “Take It Like You Give It”; and a tune penned by Dee Dee and Townsend, “The Way We Used To Do“, another version of which was attempted at a Detroit session in 1971.

Since executive Wexler had just begun experiencing success by sending artists such as Aretha Franklin to Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, he dispatched Dee Dee to the facility at the beginning of April to work with up-and-coming producer Dave Crawford (who was to deliver a hit for Atlantic with cousin Jackie Moore’s “Precious, Precious” later in 1970).

In all, Dee Dee cut ten songs which formed the basis for “Turning Around,” her one and only Atco album. “Jerry picked many of them,” Dee Dee states. “I wanted to do the song “More Today Than Yesterday” which had been recorded by Carmen McRae also on Atlantic and I remember the tune “Down So Low” had originally been done by this rock group Mother Earth (in 1969). Jerry came up with Charlie Rich’s “Who Will Your Next Fool Be” and (the late) Van McCoy gave me “Make Love To Me,” which Maxine Brown later recorded, and which is still my favorite on the album because I love being made loved to!”

Other notable tunes on the LP included a version of “If This Was The Last Song,” a Jim Webb song that had also been recorded by Thelma Houston; “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else,” a Top 10 R&B hit for The Masqueraders in 1968; and “I’m Only Human,” a song penned by Muscle Shoals-based songsmiths George Soule and Terry Woodford.

However, it was a song written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg), Gary “U.S.” Bonds, and Charles Whitehead recorded as the first tune at that mammoth session in April, 1970 that gave Dee Dee her biggest hit for the label. “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking)” was a classic tale of infidelty in which ‘the other woman’ had inadvertently revealed herself to her lover’s wife and was much in the vein of “To The Other Woman (I’m The Other Woman),” a tune that had been recorded by Jerry Williams on singer Doris Duke a few months earlier.

Legend has it that “She Didn’t Know” had been recorded originally by Duke as a follow-up to her hit; according to a 1970 interview with Dee Dee, “Doris had recorded it before me although I didn’t know it. I was just presented with the song. I liked it and recorded it, and it was as simple as that…” As it turned out, another Williams protege, Sandra Phillips also recorded the song but it’s Dee Dee’s version that remains an all-time soul classic…..The Atco Sessions Liner Notes

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46 Comments
  • Anastasia
    Posted at 09:40h, 11 May 2012 Reply

    Killer Soul! Dee Dee was a true Queen…

  • zobba
    Posted at 16:11h, 11 May 2012 Reply

    thanks

  • rich
    Posted at 20:31h, 11 May 2012 Reply

    thanx mr. moo and nikos

  • Suzan
    Posted at 21:37h, 11 May 2012 Reply

    She should be a star!

  • Laura
    Posted at 00:02h, 13 May 2012 Reply

    Dee Dee was a tremendous talent that got sidelined by her sister.

  • Nick
    Posted at 14:55h, 13 May 2012 Reply

    Never thought that Dee was so good! A pleasant surprise.

  • Larry
    Posted at 09:17h, 14 May 2012 Reply

    Just discovered your blog…so many great records. Keep on.

  • GetUp
    Posted at 18:54h, 14 May 2012 Reply

    Wow absolutely loved it.

  • StaxLogic
    Posted at 20:50h, 14 May 2012 Reply

    Thanks aplenty for this and all the other awesome record you’ve posted up. I would love to contribute some loot to the cause but i’m ballin on a tight budget – can’t afford much wax these days so your blog is a god send, Keep on keepin on!

  • Superfly
    Posted at 22:27h, 14 May 2012 Reply

    Nice drop. Thanks.

  • Boris
    Posted at 10:20h, 15 May 2012 Reply

    Thank you for posting such treasure.

  • Meg
    Posted at 12:45h, 15 May 2012 Reply

    My favorite blog. Super info and lp’s. Much appreciated.

  • Antonio
    Posted at 09:07h, 16 May 2012 Reply

    Soul from the heart. Powerful voice.

  • Garrett
    Posted at 11:03h, 16 May 2012 Reply

    Strong R’n’B education in here. Amazing site.

  • petey
    Posted at 16:11h, 16 May 2012 Reply

    Thanks! I came to the site a few weeks ago and it was down and I was very, very sad. Glad to see yall back to business!

  • Mathias
    Posted at 21:09h, 16 May 2012 Reply

    Great album. Superb blog.

  • Maria
    Posted at 09:09h, 17 May 2012 Reply

    A shame she never got the exposure she deserved.

  • Pierre
    Posted at 12:12h, 17 May 2012 Reply

    Love it. Thanks.

  • Kirk
    Posted at 08:57h, 18 May 2012 Reply

    Dee Dee is pure class. Thank you so much.

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 11:41h, 18 May 2012 Reply

    thanks a lot for your big efforts! Adore it!

  • Vop
    Posted at 19:49h, 18 May 2012 Reply

    The Soul we love…

  • mINDkEY
    Posted at 20:09h, 20 May 2012 Reply

    Thanks alot, you guys rock!!!

  • Le Porc Rouge
    Posted at 21:37h, 20 May 2012 Reply

    Superb, many thanks!

  • NameBill
    Posted at 07:50h, 24 May 2012 Reply

    Very underrated artist! Thanks for sharing.Great blog!

  • Djola
    Posted at 17:15h, 25 May 2012 Reply

    is a wonderful work you do …
    dee dee’s voice is unforgettable …
    thank you very much

  • M
    Posted at 20:41h, 04 June 2012 Reply

    Thank you!

  • benjamin
    Posted at 16:36h, 14 June 2012 Reply

    pls keep on posting
    thanks!

  • Off
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 June 2012 Reply

    Dee Dee is a great singer. Thanks! Look forward to hearing this!

  • Sergio
    Posted at 02:28h, 16 June 2012 Reply

    THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANKS for make me to know this INCREDIBLE album and this INCREDIBLE soulwoman.
    Saludos from Spain!!!

  • TB
    Posted at 00:39h, 17 June 2012 Reply

    Thanks!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 03:13h, 17 June 2012 Reply

    Thanks fellas! I agree that its a shame people don’t show love for all your hard work. Playing a little catch up cause I’ve been busy but glad to be back!

  • JaySire
    Posted at 03:13h, 26 June 2012 Reply

    thanx

  • Kvaksha
    Posted at 21:17h, 30 June 2012 Reply

    Just found your blog a day ago… absolutely fabulous! Special thanks for this one, I’ve never even heard Dee Dee before!

  • Illex
    Posted at 13:37h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    I never paid too much attention to Ms. Dee Dee… what a mistake!!
    Thanks for helping me!!

  • MsSha
    Posted at 12:41h, 19 August 2012 Reply

    Thanx for showcasing dee dee. I grew up listening to this song and it is still one of my very favorites.

  • Emani
    Posted at 09:58h, 27 August 2012 Reply

    Hey mayne, I appreciate the love and care you put into these posts. Some of these albums and songs I would have never heard unless you posted them, you are GREATLY appreciated! Love love

  • out of focus
    Posted at 15:58h, 17 September 2012 Reply

    Thanx guys

  • Daz
    Posted at 14:08h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    Yep, Dee Dee was superb, as was her sister. Superb album, many thanks and keep up the good work, it’s very appreciated!
    Daz

  • john
    Posted at 13:33h, 25 September 2012 Reply

    thanks bro keep up the hard work the collective ‘we’ are grateful. j

  • G2K
    Posted at 03:24h, 08 November 2012 Reply

    Thank you for providing the gem! This is one “true” classic album.

  • stephphs
    Posted at 15:47h, 07 December 2012 Reply

    thanks from france! the music you share is fantastique!

  • egon
    Posted at 19:22h, 27 December 2012 Reply

    thank you so much for your sharing so much delicious stuff.
    your taste in music is most appreciated.

  • fcpsoul
    Posted at 22:20h, 23 January 2013 Reply

    sry…. so true funk man soul. I appreciate the time you put in to elevate the music lovers ty. Havent heard this one as yet.

  • TheJazzHoppa
    Posted at 08:22h, 26 June 2013 Reply

    THANK YOU for sharing this. Feeling the love man

  • Belle
    Posted at 21:11h, 26 June 2013 Reply

    hello. just stumbled over your blog by incident… and found this record. thanks for sharing it and for the work you invest in keep the music alive. best regards, Belle

  • Eddie
    Posted at 22:58h, 05 March 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

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