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Born: May 12, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: Music ...


He was named CUE Magazine's Entertainer of the Year (1969).

Bacharach and collaborator Hal David received the 1996 Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ira Gerswin once signed a piece of sheet music to him: "For Burt, the 5th 'B'--in no particular order--Beethoven, Brahams, Berlin, Bach & Bacharach."

"I was working so hard, I didn't allow myself the luxury of basking in the success that was going on. It's like, I'd finish one thing and be into the next. I cared so much in that moment about my work. It was like winning the horse race, and you don't even savor that moment in the winner's circle as much as you should. You're off to win the next race. I should have enjoyed it a little more." --Burt Bacharach, The New York Times, July 24, 1997.

"I remember playing it ['What the World Needs Now Is Love'] for Dionne [Warwick], because she got first crack at just about anything. She didn't like it. And I thought if she didn't like it, the song mustn't be very good. Invalidated it. So I put it away. Hal had way more confidence in it. He said, 'Play it for Jackie DeShannon.' Worked out fine." --Burt Bacharach, Entertainment Weekly, August 8, 1997.

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