NEW YORK CITY -- The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York recognized Dionne Warwick as its Jukebox Artist of the Year for 2013. The honor was bestowed at the association's annual awards dinner, held at Uncle Jack's Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan. Some 50 industry members attended.
photo | INDUSTRY TRIBUTE: Dionne Warwick, whose music industry influence has extended over half a century, is greeted by AMOA-NY president Ken Goldberg at the association's annual awards dinner in New York City.
At the start of a career spanning five decades, Warwick rose to fame with a series of hit singles in the 1960s. Songs like "Walk On By," "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer," "This Girl's in Love with You" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" were jukebox favorites during the heyday of "top 40" playlists and 45RPM records. With 56 of her titles making the Billboard "Hot 100" chart between 1962 and 1998, she trails only Aretha Franklin (with 88). Warwick received the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame's Hitmaker Award in 2001. She also has hosted a number of television specials and a weekly show, Solid Gold, in the '80s. Warwick was appointed U.S. Ambassador of Health by President Reagan in 1987, and nominated as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in 2002.
Ken Goldberg, PLK Vending (Woodside, NY), observed that "One of the many privileges of being AMOA-NY president is being able to present this award to our special jukebox artist of year for 2013." He hailed Warwick as "our first lady of music," citing her five Grammy awards and her leadership for half a century, demonstrated by hits such as "I'll Never Love This Way Again," "That's What Friends Are For" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?"
Warwick, who was born in Orange, NJ, and who led the movement of the Rhythm & Blues genre into the popular music mainstream, always has been a favorite of New York City jukebox patrons. "The New York operating community accounts for an estimated 10,000 jukeboxes in our greater metropolitan region," Goldberg pointed out. "Most would agree that in the jukebox industry, our New York region has always set the gold standard for this music venue, over and above cities like Los Angeles, Chicago or Miami.
"Dionne Warwick, thank you for joining us tonight, and thank you for all of your hits through the years," Goldberg concluded. "Most importantly, thank you for all the income opportunities your music has meant to our industry."
Warwick is the second artist to be honored by the state association in recent years. Last year, AMOA-NY bestowed its jukebox operator honor on folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame.
photo | STAR POWER: Music legend Dionne Warwick accepts AMOA-NY "Jukebox Artist of the Year" plaque at association's annual awards dinner in New York City. She is flanked by (from left) AMOA-NY board members Joe Bossolina, McGee Amusement (Ridgefield, NJ); Ken Goldberg, PLK Vending (Woodside, NY), president, who is making the presentation; Chuck Peitz, Tricorp Amusements (Somerset, NJ); Howard Preschel, CMG Vending Enterprises (Union City, NJ) and Allen Weisberg, Apple Industries (Greenvale, NY). Warwick, a native of New Jersey, is a perennial favorite of New York audiences.