Burt Bacharach



Burt Bacharach (born May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American pianist and composer. He studied music at McGill University and Mannes School of Music. In the 1950s and the early 1960s he was the pianist and bandleader for Marlene Dietrich. 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 Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross, and especially Dionne Warwick, who recorded his demos. His music, which is mostly classified as Easy listening has been praised for its distinctive melodies, sophisticated style, and light classical feel. 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", written for Manfred Mann in 1965, has become a rock standard.

He has been married four times, to Paula Stewart, actress Angie Dickinson, lyricist Carole Bayer Sager (with whom he collaborated on a number of pieces), and currently (as of 2003) Jane Hanson.

In 1998 he collaborated on an album called Painted From Memory with singer/songwriter Elvis Costello.

Bacharach has had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood movies including all three Austin Powers movies. His music is also noted as being the inspiration for these movies.

Known albums

  • Hitmaker! Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits (1965)
  • What's New Pussycat Soundtrack (1965)
  • Reach Out (1967)
  • Casino Royale Soundtrack (1967)
  • Make it Easy on Yourself (1969)
  • Butch Cassidy & The Sundace Kid Soundtrack (1969)
  • Promises, Promises Soundtrack (1969)
  • Burt Bacharach (1971)
  • Living Together (1974)
  • Futures (1977)
  • Woman (1979)
  • One Amazing Night (1998)
  • Painted From Memory with Elvis Costello (1998)
  • Isley Meets Bacharach: Here I Am With Ronald Isley (2003)*


This song was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Song in 1965.
This song was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Song in 1966, and won Bacharach a Grammy in 1967.
This song was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Song in 1967.
  • "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" (Dionne Warwick, 1968)
  • "Promises, Promises" (Jill O'Hara, 1968 and Dionne Warwick, 1968)
The Broadway soundtrack won Bacharach a Grammy in 1969.
This song won the Academy Award for Original Song in 1969. Bacharach also won the Academy Award and Grammy for Original Score for the movie.
This song won the Academy Award for Original Song in 1981.
This song was originally written for the movie Night Shift and performed on the soundtrack by Rod Stewart. In 1986, a cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John became an enormous hit, raising millions for AIDS charities. The song also won the Grammy for Song of the Year.

External links

fr:Burt Bacharach ja:バート・バカラック sv:Burt Bacharach


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