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Burt Bacharach


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Bacharach studied music at McGill University and the Mannes School of Music. In the 1950s and the early 1960s he was the pianist, arranger and bandleader for Marlene Dietrich with whom he toured. He teamed with lyricist Hal David and others to write many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s.

Bacharach’s music has been sung by a number of popular singers including The Beatles,The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross and The Drifters. He met Dionne Warwick, with whom he would form a famed collaboration. His songs are characterized by (1) the use of unexpected harmonic changes and (2) unusual rhythmic patterns and time signatures. He employs times such as 5/4 or 3/2, and frequently goes from one time signature to another in the same song, often after each measure. He also changes keys frequently. An excellent example of his style is “Promises, Promises”, from his score to the musical of the same name. He has a total of 52 Top 40 hits. In addition, many of his songs were adapted by jazz artists of the time, such as Stan Getz and Wes Montgomery. The Bacharach-David composition “My Little Red Book”, originally recorded by Manfred Mann for the film What’s New, Pussycat, and promptly covered by Love in 1965, has become a rock standard. He composed and arranged the soundtrack of the 1967 film Casino Royale.

He has been married four times, to Paula Stewart (1953-1958), to actress Angie Dickinson (1965-1980), to lyricist Carole Bayer Sager (1982-1991) - with whom he collaborated on a number of pieces - and (since 1993) Jane Hanson. He has a total of four children, two girls and two boys.


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  • VinniePaz36

    What is the best album to start with?

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mands_chaplin


    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Annieworld

    This guy is a genius

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    @Aserikoth lol

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I randomly typed his name after /music/ I spelled it right, amazingly! Whoa this guy is actually getting scrobbles and a good amount of shouts. He needs 1000 shouts. :P Well here's shout #104. :P

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Call him muzak. I dare ya.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • pitrafilla

    mi niñez...

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • op2

    Burt composed a song for one of his favorite Japanese artists, Shiina Ringo. The song is called "IT WAS YOU" and she sings it in English:

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • stevebolander

    my god

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Aserikoth

    Austin Powers

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fabioestefano

    Mexican Divorce ♥

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    What would I do without Burts music and Hals Lyrics? I would be totally lost... in times of need, they are simply priceless!!!

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lagondola

    y divorcio mexicano?? nadie lo conoce a ese tema

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    RIP Hal David. The songs you and Burt wrote together made our world better and, as yet, have not been equaled. "What the World Needs Now is Love" = "All You Need is Love"

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • enzinho

    WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE ... • R.I.P. HAL DAVID :( • #BurtBacharach #HalDavid

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • VivianReis

    the most romantic man of all time.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Retinend

    New picture! Btw does anyone know of any good compilations of Bacharach and David's early 60s work together? Me Japanese Boy, Story of My Life and stuff like that.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • britishboy1976

    For anyone who is interested EMI release on 23 April 2012 'Completely Cilla: 1963-1973' - a 5CD boxset of material by the British singer Cilla Black who began her career alongside The Beatles in Liverpool / signed also to manager Brian Epstein. The set of 139 recordings (all produced by George Martin) features most of the songs she recorded by Burt Bacharach and Hal David ("Anyone Who Had A Heart", "Alfie", "The April Fools", "You'll Never Get To Heaven" etc). It also comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    Amen, Crustclock!! xo

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
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