“I’m not writing a bio,” she writes in her Twitter bio and to be honest, why should she? She’s Dionne Warwick for goodness sake.
Yes, today we would like to talk about an 80-year-old singer who is responsible for some of the most iconic soul songs of all time.
And she’s also really good at Twitter.
Now look, when it comes to people in their eighties on Twitter, expectations are low.
Remember the dad who thought it was the same as Google and wrote things like “cold toes” and “what does email cost”?
But it’s been hard to miss Dionne’s contribution to Twitter in 2020 – perhaps partly because everything else on there has been so bleak.
So while other people have been tweeting about coronavirus, injustice and James Corden pretending to be gay in a Netflix film, Dionne has been tweeting at Chance The Rapper to ask him to explain his name, at The Weekend to justify his spelling, to ask whether she should give Animal Crossing a try and to support LGBTQ+ rights – among many other things.
Of course, there might be people who aren’t quite sure who Dionne Warwick is – other than a really good Twitter account.
And that’s OK, because most of her really famous songs were released in the 1960s, which was literally in a different century.
But even so, songs like Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart and Say A Little Prayer are so well known that you’ve probably heard them at least once in your life.
But if you think Dionne is just tweeting to keep us all amused, you’d be wrong.
Of course, this being the internet, we can’t just let a nice thing be a nice thing, so we’ve also seen Dionne having to defend her tweets and post a video to say that yes, she does write her own.
Turns out, being hilarious and a singer with a career spanning over six decades are not mutually exclusive.
She’s had a bit of help along the way from her niece Brittany who describes her job on Linkedin as creative director at Dionne Warwick, and on Twitter as the person responsible for digital and social strategy.
But the tweets? They come from Auntie Dionne’s (how she refers to herself, a lot) own devious mind.
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In a recent interview on US TV, she described her time on Twitter as “wonderful” – and says she wanted to start tweeting after watching Brittany use her own account.
“She showed me what I had to do and I’ve been having a wonderful time since then,” said Dionne.
She says she doesn’t find it hard to support other people and believes the lyrics of the song What The World Needs Now Is Love, is more relevant than ever in 2020.
“It seems that we have reached way back to the sixties, when all this madness of this sort was happening,” she said.
“There’s no reason for it, there really isn’t.”
So what else is there that you need to know about Auntie Dionne and her existence on Twitter?
Well, she’s a big fan of Taylor Swift.