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Jennifer Warnes
Birth name Jennifer Jean Warnes
Born March 3, 1947 (1947-03-03) (age 62)
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Folk Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues, Opera
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Record producer Concert performer, Television performer
Years active 1967–present (singer, songwriter, arranger and producer)
Associated acts Bill Medley, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman
Website Official Website

Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947) is a Grammy winning American singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. She is known for her rich soprano/contralto voice, her interpretations of compositions written by herself and many others, as well as an extensive playlist as a vocalist on movie soundtracks.

Between 1979 and 1987 Warnes surpassed Frank Sinatra as the vocalist performing the most songs to be nominated for (4) and to win (3) the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her biggest hits include two of these Billboard chart topping Oscar and Grammy winners - "Up Where We Belong" (duet with Joe Cocker, from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman) and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (duet with Bill Medley from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing).



Warnes was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Anaheim, California.[1] Her desire and ability to sing came early; at age seven she was offered her first recording contract, which her father turned down. She sang in church and local pageants, until age 17 when Warnes was offered an opera scholarship to Immaculate Heart College. She chose to sing folk music as it became popularized by Joan Baez in the mid sixties. In 1968, after a few years with musical theatre and clubs, she signed with Parrot Records (a London Records subsidiary) and recorded her first LP. That same year, she joined the cast of the television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Early in her career, industry advisers suggested her surname "Warnes" should be changed to the more common "Warren". This led to confusion with Broadway and film actress Jennifer Warren, so she performed for some time under the single name "Jennifer", subsequently returning to "Jennifer Warnes".

In November 1968, Warnes (as "Jennifer Warren") portrayed the female lead in the Los Angeles, California production of the stage musical Hair.

In 1971, she met Canadian poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who became a life-long friend. She would eventually tour Europe with Cohen's band first as a back-up singer and then as vocal arranger and guest singer on Cohen's albums Live Songs, Various Positions, I'm Your Man, The Future, Field Commander Cohen and Recent Songs including a duet on a song titled "The Smokey Life". Warnes would later (1987) record a critically acclaimed audiophile album of Cohen songs, Famous Blue Raincoat.

In 1976 Warnes released the album which would contain her breakthrough single, "Right Time of the Night", hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in April 1977 and No. 6 on the Billboard's Hot 100 in May 1977.

Warnes recorded the song "It Goes Like It Goes" for the 1979 motion picture Norma Rae. The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Her 1979 single, "I Know a Heartache When I See One", was a top-twenty single on both the U.S. pop and country charts.

Warnes recorded the Randy Newman composition "One More Hour", for the 1981 motion picture Ragtime. This became her second performance of a song to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Warnes teamed up with Joe Cocker to record "Up Where We Belong" for the 1982 motion picture An Officer and a Gentleman. Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings and Jack Nitzsche, the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award. The song also won Warnes and Cocker the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song was released as a single and hit No. 1 (for three weeks running) on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and stands as one of Warnes' biggest selling discs being certified 'Platinum'. The same year, she recorded a moving performance of James Taylor's Millworker for the American Playhouse PBS production of Working.

Warnes teamed up with Bill Medley to record "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" for the 1987 motion picture Dirty Dancing. This marked the third song performed by Warnes to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award. The song also won Warnes and Medley the Grammy Award for Duo or Group with Vocal, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

On September 30, 1987 at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, she contributed background vocals for Roy Orbison's star-studded television special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.

She recorded a duet with B. J. Thomas, "As Long As We've Got Each Other", the theme for the TV show, Growing Pains.

In August 2007, the Shout Factory Records label re-released the 20th anniversary edition of Famous Blue Raincoat, with a 24-page booklet and four additional songs. The Hunter was re-released in 2009, and The Well is scheduled for re-release in March 2010.

Warnes has contributed to tribute recordings to Ian Tyson, Warren Zevon and Alejandro Escovedo.



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US AC US Country UK
1968 I Can Remember Everything - - - - Parrot
1969 See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me - - - -
1972 Jennifer - - - - Reprise
1976 Jennifer Warnes 43 - - - Arista
1979 Shot Through The Heart 94 - 13 -
1986 Famous Blue Raincoat 72 - - 33 Cypress
1992 The Hunter - 13 - - Private Music
2001 The Well - - - - Music Force/Cisco

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Notable singles

Year Title Peak Chart Positions Album
US Pop US AC US Country UK
1976 "Right Time of the Night" 6 1 17 Jennifer Warnes
1977 "I'm Dreaming" 50 9
1979 "I Know A Heartache When I See One" 19 14 10 Shot Through the Heart
"Don't Make Me Over" 67 36 84
1980 "When The Feeling Comes Around" 45 15
"Lost the Good Thing" - - 76 duet with Steve Gillette
1981 "Could It Be Love" 47 13 57 The Best of Jennifer Warnes
1982 "Come To Me" 107 40
"Up Where We Belong" 1 3 7 An Officer and a Gentleman
1983 "Nights Are Forever" 105 8 Twilight Zone
"All The Right Moves" 85 19 All the Right Moves
1987 "First We Take Manhattan" 29 74 Famous Blue Raincoat
"Ain't No Cure For Love" - 86 -
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" 1 1 6 Dirty Dancing
1992 "Rock You Gently" 13 The Hunter
"True Emotion" 43
1993 "The Whole of the Moon" 49

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  • The Best of Jennifer Warnes Arista 1982 US #47
  • Just Jennifer unauthorized (England) 1992
  • Best: First We Take Manhattan unauthorized (Germany) 2000
  • Platinum and Gold Collection with errors in actual tracks, not Jennifer singing, 2004 (recalled)


  1. ^ "Biography". Porch Light LLC. Retrieved December 20, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Discography". Porch Light LLC. Retrieved November 27, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer Warnes > Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 27, 2009.  

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Jennifer Warnes is an American singer. She first became famous during the late 1960s, and was a regular performer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

In the late 1970s, she had hit records including "Right Time of the Night" and "I Know a Heartache When I See One". In the 1980s, she sang duets with Joe Cocker ("Up Where We Belong") and Bill Medley ("(I've Had) The Time of My Life"), which were also hits.

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