Raised in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
Served with US Army, playing piano at the officer's club on Governor's Island (NYC) and giving concerts at Fort Dix (New Jersey); also spent time overseas
Met Vic Damone and toured with him as accompanist following discharge from the military
Became a member of ASCAP
Met lyricist Hal David at NYC's Brill Building
First Number 1 hit (with David), the country song "The Story of My Life", recorded by Marty Robbins
First film credit, pre-composed song for "Lizzie"
First film as composer of title (theme) song only, "The Sad Sack"
Perry Como scored a big hit with the Bacharach-David tune "Magic Moments"
Gained considerable attention touring Europe and America as musical director for Marlene Dietrich
Worked extensively with the Drifters, arranging horn and string parts and collaborating with lyricist Bob Hilliard on the group's singles "Mexican Divorce" and "Please Stay"
Met a backup singer named Dionne Warwick, whose voice seemed well-suited to his material; Bacharach and David wrote songs by day and recorded them at night with her, resulting ultimately in eight Top 10 hits
First hit with Warwick, "Don't Make Me Over", climbed to Number 21 on the charts
First film as composer, "What's New, Pussycat?"; title song was a Top 5 hit for Tom Jones
Composed score for Broadway musical, "Promises, Promises", which ran for three years and 1,281 performances
Had one of his biggest successes with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", written for the feature "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"; won first two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Original Song
Burned out after rushing to finish the score of the musical film "Lost Horizon", retreated to beach house and reneged on a Warwick album, leading her and David to file lawsuits (eventually settled out of court)
Co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen and Christopher Cross the hit theme from the film "Arthur"; won third Oscar
Composed the music for Ron Howard's "Night Shift", which introduced "That's What Friends Are For" (co-written by Sager)
Dionne (Warwick) and Friends score Number 1 hit with "That's What Friends Are For", earning him last Grammy to date; proceeds of the recording were donated to AIDS research
Reunited with Warwick on the song "Sunny Weather Love", included on her album "Friends Can Be Lovers"
Bacharach resurgence fueled by such notables as British superband Oasis (who put a picture of him on their 1994 mega-selling album "Definitely Maybe"), The Cranberries, REM's Michael Stipe and acid jazz masters Massive Attack
Co-wrote with Elvis Costello (via fax and answering machine) the show-stopping tune "God Give Me Strength" for Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", proving that his return was not just a rehabilitation of reputation but a creative renaissance as well
Appeared at London's Royal Festival Hall, where Oasis' Noel Gallagher joined him to croon "This Guy's In Love with You"
Five vintage Bacharach-David tunes brightened the film comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"
Appeared as himself in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"
A stage musical utilizing Bacharach-David songs, "What the World Needs Now", bowed at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre
Collaborated with Tim Rice on the song "Walking Tall" for the film "Stuart Little"