From the S&S archives: Dionne Warwick captures grand prize at Tokyo Music Festival

Dionne Warwick performs at the 1980 Tokyo Music Festival, then celebrates as she's named the winner of the festival's $12,000 grand prize.


By RON HATCHER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 3, 1980

TOKYO — Dionne Warwick added another feather to her comeback hat by winning the $12,000 grand prize at the 9th Tokyo Music Festival.

Miss Warwick sang "Feeling Old Feelings," a lilting ballad written and composed by Danny Hice and Chip Hardy.

After spending most of the '70s in a career slump, the 39-year-old Miss Warwick struck gold again when she asked Barry Manilow to produce an album for her. The result was "Deja Vu," a widely praised LP that spawned the smash single "I'll Never Love This Way Again."

Both the single and the album were darkhorse winners in last month's Grammy awards, edging out favorites Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor,

Other festival winners included American singer Karla Bonoff and the Dooleys from Great Britain. Miss Bonoff took a gold medal for "Trouble Again," a song she sang, wrote and composed.

Miss Bonoff is one of several young female singers mentored by Linda Ronstadt. Her big break came a couple of years ago when Miss Ronstadt recorded a Bonoff composition, "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me."

The Dooleys won a gold medal with a song called "Body Language." The eight-member group is a promising young act and the only British group to tour the Soviet Union.

Silver medals went to Canada's Claudia Barry with "You Make Me Feel Like Fire," Shigeru Matsuzaki with "Wonderful Moment" and Rumiko Koyanagi with "Limelight."

West Germany's Amii Stewart sang "The Letter" to capture the Outstanding Performance Award. Although she competed as a West German entrant, Miss Stewart is a native of Washington, D.C.

Noriko Miyamoto, once popular on the American military club circuit in Japan, caught the eyes of foreign judges for a special award.

Guest performers at the festival were The Commodores, an American rhythm and blues group best known for such hits as "Brick House," "Three Times A Lady" and "I'm Easy."

Other American entrants in the festival were Miss Gaynor and The Stylistics.

The Tokyo Music Festival has become one of the most prestigious showcases in the world for new songs and talent. In its nine-year history, the festival has attracted such stars as Paul Anka, Debby Boone, Al Green, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Sammy Davis Jr., The Jackson Five, Paul Williams and Frank Sinatra.

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