Thursday, April 27, 2017

Battle of the Diva’s: Aretha Franklin Versus Dionne Warwick

There have been rumors longer before this latest one that Aretha and Dionne did not get along.  They have both covered each other songs; Dionne Warwick covered Do Right Woman, Do Right Man on a 1969 album and Aretha had a hit with I Say A Little Prayer in 1968.  Dionne aunt Cissy Houston was a background vocalist for Aretha Franklin for many years. Both Aretha and Dionne are two of the most successful Soul artists of the 1960’s.

Fast-Ford to 2017 and these two ladies just aren’t getting along.  Apparently, Aretha felt slighted by Dionne Warwick five years ago at Whitney Houston’s funeral.  Long ago it was said that Aretha was Whitney’s God Mother but that wasn’t true because Darlene Love is actually Whitney’s God Mother.  However, for marketing purposes when Whitney was getting started in her career, they decided to add that little note.  As if being related to Cissy Houston, Dee Dee Warwick, and Dionne Warwick wasn’t enough!