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Dionne Warwick Returns to San Jose, Named City's "Ambassador of Goodwill"
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Posted on 08/01/2014 2:40:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The singer says she used to hate the iconic song, but she has nothing but nice things to say about the "Capital of Silicon Valley"

In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.

In 2014, the 73-year old singer is finding her way back to the city that inspired her iconic tune, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

The Celebrity Apprentice veteran is in town Friday night, Aug. 1, to sing the 1968 hit and other songs at the Center for the Performing Arts. While in town, Warwick will be officially named the city’s “global ambassador of goodwill.” She’ll sing that song as part of a Sister Cities International conference on Friday.

The catchy number penned by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David would become her biggest international seller and won Warwick her first Grammy Award in 1968.

Lyricist David said he had fond memories of San Jose while serving during World War II. "It's a dumb song and I didn't want to sing it,” Warwick said in a 1983 interview. She told the Today show back in 2010 she used to hate singing the smash.

When the song became an international hit, Warwick said she “cried all the way to the bank." For Warwick, recasting the song as a duet with Celia Cruz – the duo teamed up in 2003 – has given it new life. ``I'm having a lot of fun with it now,'' she said.

Warwick told The Associated Press that she first recorded the song as a favor to her dear friend and songwriter David, who wrote the lyrics after developing an affinity for the town while he was stationed there in the Navy.

When the song became a hit, Warwick said she figured she'd better visit San Jose, which was then a farming community growing prunes, grapes and apricots.

``It was a little country town. But one of the most beautiful things I saw when I was there for the first time was their rose garden,'' she said.

Today, that 5-acre Municipal Rose Garden is still blooming, but what's really flourishing is technology, as the orchards have been replaced by Silicon Valley firms.

``It's a thriving city now,'' Warwick said.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said he's pleased Warwick is coming back to town to sing. ``It's a great song and a great story about San Jose,'' he said.

Over the years, especially during stints living in smog-laden Los Angeles, Warwick said there was one line that always got stuck in her head: ``You can really breathe in San Jose.'' ``It's true,'' she said. ``The weather is great there.''


TOPICS: Agriculture; Local News; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: sanjose; warwick
Do You Know the Way to San Jose by Dionne Warwick
1 posted on 08/01/2014 2:40:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I was saddened to see a giant like her doing those “psychic friends” ads.I wonder if her record label,some lawyer or her agent might have cheated her,thus harming her financially.


2 posted on 08/01/2014 2:43:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (We're The First Generation Not Forced To Fight To Defend Our Freedom.And It Shows!)
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To: latina4dubya; NormsRevenge; CounterCounterCulture; Vendome

San Jose Ping


3 posted on 08/01/2014 2:44:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

She supported OJ Simpson, even offered him a home in South America at the time.


4 posted on 08/01/2014 2:50:13 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: nickcarraway

in 1968 San Jose was a nice town. Now, not so much.


5 posted on 08/01/2014 2:50:54 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: minnesota_bound
She supported OJ Simpson, even offered him a home in South America at the time.

Yikes!

6 posted on 08/01/2014 2:55:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (We're The First Generation Not Forced To Fight To Defend Our Freedom.And It Shows!)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know why, but, this article got me thinking about this:

http://vimeo.com/72933804


7 posted on 08/01/2014 2:55:52 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: nickcarraway

“Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

Probably a better song than “Where the hell is Hackensack” or “Hamtramck, here I come.”


8 posted on 08/01/2014 3:05:28 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: nickcarraway

I will be there in 45 minutes. My friend, Dennis Nahat, is the coreogrphor and I can watch rehearsal, before the show.

You going? I can meet you in the Crystal Circle Lounge.


9 posted on 08/01/2014 3:07:11 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Worst concert I ever attended...zero crowd empathy.


10 posted on 08/01/2014 3:07:50 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ($$$$$$$$ DEFUND OBAMA! $$$$$$$$$)
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To: RightGeek

5 decades ago, California was a much nicer place. A 3rd world overpopulated hellhole ruled by Communists with the productive class mostly departed.


11 posted on 08/01/2014 3:09:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: headstamp 2

Near the end of that movie, it shows Dustin Hoffman driving on the top of the Bay Bridge towards Berkeley. If you really tried to do that, it would not be fun.


12 posted on 08/01/2014 3:14:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Vendome

No, I don’t have tickets, but sounds like fun.


13 posted on 08/01/2014 3:24:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I can getaway with red linen shirt and khaki pants right?


14 posted on 08/01/2014 3:50:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome; nickcarraway

I’m already there. I’ve lived in SJ for the last 19 years.


15 posted on 08/01/2014 3:51:24 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: nickcarraway

‘When the song became a hit, Warwick said she figured she’d better visit San Jose, which was then a farming community growing prunes, grapes and apricots.’

Uh, in ‘68, San Jose was hardly a farm village.

She’s a dumb tw@t with a great voice.


16 posted on 08/01/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

but am i bad for listening to Def Leppard and AC DC on the way up to be on Dionne Warwick?


17 posted on 08/01/2014 4:13:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Definitely. Tres chic.


18 posted on 08/01/2014 4:16:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“Do you know the way to San Jose?” The answer is pretty complex.

From Los Angeles, take I-10 to I-19 and go right. Continue south as I-19 becomes Rte. 15. At Tepic, turn right on Rte 200 and proceed to Tehuantepec, then right on Rte. 190. Continue on Rte. 190 until it becomes Rte. 1. Proceed through Quetzaltenango and stay on Rte. 1 to San Jose.


19 posted on 08/01/2014 4:16:28 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: minnesota_bound

For racists, skin color trumps even a brutal murder.


20 posted on 08/01/2014 4:16:38 PM PDT by newfreep ("Evil succeeds when good men do nothing" - Edttmund Burke)
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To: RightGeek

“in 1968 San Jose was a nice town. Now, not so much.”

Interesting to see this comment.

I read it right as I was about to make this comment:

In 1968 San Jose was a backward backwater of the Bay Area.


21 posted on 08/01/2014 4:19:59 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: newfreep

Is that a reference to Amanda Knox?


22 posted on 08/01/2014 4:21:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Vendome

Not at all. I certainly wouldn’t complain if I were riding along.


23 posted on 08/01/2014 4:24:47 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: nickcarraway

No.

See post#4 re: DW offering OJ refuge in South America.

Why would Amanda Knox be relevant to my post?


24 posted on 08/01/2014 4:31:12 PM PDT by newfreep ("Evil succeeds when good men do nothing" - Edttmund Burke)
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To: nickcarraway

Coolee-0

Stopping to my friends at Paolo’s then over to CPA


25 posted on 08/01/2014 4:42:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Ossobuco?


26 posted on 08/01/2014 4:44:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Crazy.

Doesn’t even start til 8pm.

Headed back to Paolo’s.

Seen enough rehearsals and after so many years for singers like this, their acts are usually pretty rote anyway...


27 posted on 08/01/2014 5:23:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Ho! Is there an Amanda Knox rule?

I think there should be. Maybe we post Catharine Zeta Jones?


28 posted on 08/01/2014 5:25:18 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

How ridiculous!

There is no one from San Jose to great her.

We are going to go and get her flowers and fix that trashed dressing room.

Tards.

Still a one horse town.


29 posted on 08/01/2014 5:55:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Not good. Especially for someone who put San Jose on the map.


30 posted on 08/01/2014 6:01:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Dude. Was going for the Osso Bucco.

Had the pork chop, with polenta and criminis.

OMG

So good, as usual.


31 posted on 08/01/2014 7:34:25 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

So Norm Mineta’s here. Sitting next us.

Channel 11 did make it and apparently some other VIP’s are still coming.


32 posted on 08/01/2014 8:04:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

I think the CPA is sold out

Dennis did an amazing job as usual.

None of these things ever go off without a hitch and he just calmly makes everything happens


33 posted on 08/01/2014 8:07:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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