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Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

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Born: May 12, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: Music ...
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Raised in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
1950:
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
1952:
Met Vic Damone and toured with him as accompanist following discharge from the military
1955:
Became a member of ASCAP
1957:
Met lyricist Hal David at NYC's Brill Building
1957:
First Number 1 hit (with David), the country song "The Story of My Life", recorded by Marty Robbins
1957:
First film credit, pre-composed song for "Lizzie"
1957:
First film as composer of title (theme) song only, "The Sad Sack"
1958:
Perry Como scored a big hit with the Bacharach-David tune "Magic Moments"
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Gained considerable attention touring Europe and America as musical director for Marlene Dietrich
1961:
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"
1961:
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
1962:
First hit with Warwick, "Don't Make Me Over", climbed to Number 21 on the charts
1965:
First film as composer, "What's New, Pussycat?"; title song was a Top 5 hit for Tom Jones
1968:
Composed score for Broadway musical, "Promises, Promises", which ran for three years and 1,281 performances
1969:
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
1973:
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)
1981:
Co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen and Christopher Cross the hit theme from the film "Arthur"; won third Oscar
1982:
Composed the music for Ron Howard's "Night Shift", which introduced "That's What Friends Are For" (co-written by Sager)
1985:
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
1993:
Reunited with Warwick on the song "Sunny Weather Love", included on her album "Friends Can Be Lovers"
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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
1996:
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
1996:
Appeared at London's Royal Festival Hall, where Oasis' Noel Gallagher joined him to croon "This Guy's In Love with You"
1997:
Five vintage Bacharach-David tunes brightened the film comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1997:
Appeared as himself in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"
1998:
A stage musical utilizing Bacharach-David songs, "What the World Needs Now", bowed at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre
1999:
Collaborated with Tim Rice on the song "Walking Tall" for the film "Stuart Little"

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