Burt Bacharach

Born 12 May 1928.
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Burt Bacharach speaks to Jo Whiley

Legendary American pianist, composer & music producer Burt Bacharach speaks to Jo Whiley.

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Burt Freeman Bacharach ( BAK-ə-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by Hal David as part of the duo Bacharach and David.

Most of their hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but early on they worked with Gene Pitney and Gene McDaniels. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Jackie DeShannon, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B.J. Thomas and others.

As of 2014[update], Bacharach has written 73 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK.

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  1. Review of Classics

    Classics 2003

    Reviewed by Morag Reavley
    Unfamiliar renderings and the absence of starry vocals allow the music to be really...
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