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David De Clue

singer, was born Marie Dionne Warrick in East Orange, New Jersey, to Lee Drinkard and Mansel Warrick. Her father was a gospel record promoter for Chess Records, and her mother managed and sometimes performed with the Drinkard Singers, a gospel group that featured four of Warwick's aunts and uncles, including Emily “Cissy” Drinkard, the mother of the pop singer Whitney Houston, and Ann Moss (née Anne Drinkard), who were both also members of the famed Sweet Inspirations.

Warwick's early years were spent singing gospel, first in the New Hope Baptist Church choir in Newark and then, beginning in 1959, with the Gospelaires, which she formed along with her sister Dee Dee and her aunt Cissy In the early 1960s the Warwick sisters joined the remnants of the Drinkard Singers to form the Sweet Inspirations and gained enormous success as one of the most used ...