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Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson team up for duet

Warwick & Jackson August 22, 1997
Web posted at: 3:40 a.m. EDT (0740 GMT)

From Correspondent Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK (CNN) -- While making her mark in the music world, Dionne Warwick has made a lot of friends in high places, and touched people with her compassion.

She's called on her famous friends to lend their voices to the fight against AIDS, most notably with the song "That's What Friends Are For" on Arista Records with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight. On other occasions, she's sung duets with friends like Luther Vandross and Jeffrey Osborne.

Recently, she answered the call from another longtime pal, R&B great Chuck Jackson, who wanted her to sing a song with him.

"I knew she couldn't say no," Jackson said. "And she heard it, and she said, 'Chuck, it's fabulous. When can we do it?'"

Their new duet, "If I Let Myself Go," reunites compatriots from the heyday of Scepter Records. They say they consider each other practically family.

"Chuck is like my big brother. You know, he's been around me for all of my career," Warwick said.

"She's like my big sister," Jackson agreed. "I call her my big sister, she calls me her big brother."

"Dionne Warwick is one of the biggest stars in the world, she never said no. And when we come and ask her to do all this -- this is grinding work here -- she's been smiling for two days. I mean, that's a friend," said Jackson.

'A very good paycheck'

Psychic Friends

Warwick has made quite a few new friends in recent years as the host of the Psychic Friends Network.

"I host the show, as I did Solid Gold, and any other show I've hosted. And I'm not psychic and I do believe in God," she said. "On one hand, it's fulfilled a lot of curiosity on my part. It's a very good paycheck."

But even though Jackson wasn't too proud to ask Warwick to have her new friends to look into their crystal balls, the timeless star declined to use her connections for word on whether their duet would be a hit.

"Do you think we could ask somebody what we're going to have here?" Chuck says he asked Warwick. "So she laughed. She said, 'Of course, I can do it, but I'm not going to.'"

They'll just have to get by without a little help from those friends.

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