Producer David Gest always does things in a big way; but he really outdid himself at the Dionne Warwick 45th Anniversary Spectacular. And spectacular it was, when such artists as Olivia Newton- John, Della Reese, Smokey Robinson and Gloria Estefan sang their hearts out to support Dionne. Did you know that she has sold more than 100 million records during her career, and that she was the first female artist to win the Best Female Pop and Best Female R& B Performance Awards at the Grammies?
|Producer David Gest|
with Dionne Warwick
|Angela Bassett at Dionne Warwick's|
45th Anniversary Spectacular
Gorgeous Angela Bassett wearing a fitted ivory ball gown, acted as mistress of ceremonies. Did you know that she and hubby Courtney B. Vance just became proud parents of twins? How did she keep that fab figure • better ask the surrogate mother who bore them for her!
Another ageless beauty, Lesley Uggams belted out “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, and the always outstanding Gladys Knight’s rendition of “A House Is Not A Home” had the audience applauding madly. Richard Carpenter had Warwick in tears when he performed “Close to You” with her, and said, “Dionne possesses all of the qualities that Karen had in her unbelievable voice.”
|Musical Icons Sir Cliff Richard|
and Olivia Newton-John
So what’s next for David Gest? How about a book entitled, “The Gest List • from A to Z”. The award winning producer has worked with such superstars as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Elizabeth Taylor, and just ended a troubled marriage with Liza Minnelli. Epitome Publishing states the book is due for release in 2007. Should be a blockbuster.
And if you want to catch the aforementioned tribute to Dionne, not to worry. The entire show was taped for television. Will advise you when you can catch this TV Special on the Hollywood Beat.