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A day to remember 'That's What Friends Are For'

SINGING BUDDIES: Dionne Warwick, left, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight perform That's What Friends Are For in 1987 (PA)

THOSE OF us who around in the late 80s may have vivid memories of standing in front of the mirror, toothbrush - or anything else that could imitate a microphone - in hand, belting out the lyrics of Dionne Warwick’s That’s What Friends Are For.

The hit song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager in 1982 and was actually first performed in the movie Night Shift.

But it was the cover version performed by Dionne Warwick and Friends that broke Billboard records and was, on December 27, 1986, hailed the most popular single of the year.

The song was performed by Warwick and friends – which included Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – in 1986 to raise awareness and more than $3m dollars for AIDS research.

In January 1986, it was the number one song on the soul charts and spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

That's What Friends Are For was one of the biggest hits of Warwick's career.

Despite her amazing successes, however, she declared bankruptcy in 2013 and owes more than $10m in unpaid taxes.

In 2012, she celebrated her 50th year in the music industry and released an album titled Now.

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