Burt Bacharach


Songwriter

About

Also Known As
Burt F. Bacharach
Birth Place
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Born
May 12, 1928

Biography

Following his discharge from the Army, Burt Bacharach first served as Vic Damone's accompanist before later working with such performers as the Ames Brothers, Imogene Coca, Joel Grey and Paula Stewart (his first wife), but his career did not take off until he met lyricist Hal David one day in 1957 at the historic Brill Building in NYC. Within a year, the pair had their first Number 1 hit...

Family & Companions

Paula Stewart
Wife
Singer. Divorced.
Angie Dickinson
Wife
Actor. Married in 1965; separated in 1976; divorced in 1982; mother of Bacharach's daughter Nikki.
Carole Bayer Sager
Wife
Lyricist. Married on April 3, 1982; divorced c. 1991; co-won Best Song Oscar with Bacharach and others for "Arthur" (1981); co-won Grammy for "That's What Friends Are For" (1987); adopted son Cristopher with Bacharach.
Jane Bacharach
Wife
Born c. 1961; married c. 1991; mother of Oliver and Raleigh.

Bibliography

"The Bacharach-David Song Book"
Burt Bacharach (1978)

Notes

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.

Biography

Following his discharge from the Army, Burt Bacharach first served as Vic Damone's accompanist before later working with such performers as the Ames Brothers, Imogene Coca, Joel Grey and Paula Stewart (his first wife), but his career did not take off until he met lyricist Hal David one day in 1957 at the historic Brill Building in NYC. Within a year, the pair had their first Number 1 hit, the country tune "The Story of My Life" (1957), recorded by Marty Robbins, which they followed with Perry Como's "Magic Moments" (1958). Bacharach gained considerable attention touring Europe and America as musical director for Marlene Dietrich from 1958 to 1961 and then worked extensively with the Drifters, arranging horn and string parts and collaborating with lyricist Bob Hilliard on their 1961 singles "Mexican Divorce" and "Please Stay." After meeting a backup singer named Dionne Warwick, whose voice seemed particularly well-suited to his music, Bacharach began writing songs with David by day and recording them with Warwick until 2 AM. The Bacharach-David-Warwick triumvirate would go on to have 39 chart records in 10 years, beginning with "Don't Make Me Over," which climbed to Number 21 in 1962. Eight of them would make it into the Top 10, and though Warwick has sang Bacharach infrequently since the early 70s, she remains the chief interpreter of his work.

Bacharach-David tunes began to adorn films beginning with "Lizzie" and "The Sad Sack" (both 1957). Though they provided memorable title songs for 1966's "Alfie" (sung by Cher) and "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970), for which Bacharach also composed the score, they gained perhaps their greatest acclaim (filmwise), winning two Oscars for their work on "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), which included the infectious "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." At the same time, the Bacharach-David musical "Promises, Promises," based on the 1960 Billy Wilder movie "The Apartment" and featuring the hit "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," had begun its three year run on Broadway, earning a 1969 Grammy for Best Score From an Original Cast Album. That same year, he also earned a second Grammy for Best Original Score Written for Motion Picture or Television ("Butch Cassidy"). The score for "Lost Horizon" (1973) signaled the end of his most prolific songwriting period, and he withdrew exhausted to a beach house, alienating both David and Warwick.

Bacharach's marriage to second wife Angie Dickinson did not survive the period of relative inactivity that ensued, and his relationship with next wife lyricist Carole Bayer Sager mixed romance and art. They wrote (along with Peter Allen and Christopher Cross) the Oscar-winning theme for "Arthur" (1981), and the following year, Ron Howard's "Night Shift" introduced "That's What Friends Are For." Old friend Dionne Warwick and a few friends (like Gladys Knight) scored a Number 1 hit in 1985 with the song, which served as a rallying cry for AIDS awareness and brought Bacharach his last Grammy to date. The 90s have seen a resurgence of vintage Bacharach as a new generation led by the likes of Oasis' Noel Gallagher and REM's Michael Stipe have discovered his music and paid homage to him in interviews and through recordings. Elvis Costello co-wrote with Bacharach (via fax and answering machine) the show-stopper "God Give Me Strength" for Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart" (1996), and five classic Bacharach-David tunes brightened the film comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Though "Promises, Promises" proved too dated to revive, it has been staged at NYC's "Encores!" and L.A.'s "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Concert" Director-choreographer Gillian Lynne conceived "What the World Needs Now" (1998) a stage musical combining Bacharach-David songs with a book by Kenny Solms telling a 90s romance story.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Self
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Himself
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Himself

Music (Feature Film)

The Tomorrow Man (2019)
Song
Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Song
Pigeon Impossible (2019)
Song
Bird Box (2018)
Song
Whitney (2018)
Song
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Song
Angry Birds (2016)
Song
Bridget Jones' Baby (2016)
Song
Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016)
Song
Fathers and Daughters (2016)
Song
Legend (2015)
Song
Strange Magic (2015)
Song
When I Live My Life Over Again (2015)
Song
Legend (2015)
Song Performer
Inherent Vice (2014)
Song
Horns (2014)
Song
The Interview (2014)
Song
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
Song
Turbo (2013)
Song
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Song
Bridesmaids (2011)
Song
Arthur (2011)
Song
Little Fockers (2010)
Song
From Paris with Love (2010)
Song
Not Easily Broken (2009)
Song
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Song
Notorious (2009)
Song
Pirate Radio (2009)
Song
Open Season 2 (2009)
Song
Sex and the City (2008)
Song
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Song
Grindhouse (2007)
Song
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Song
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
Song
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
Rocket Science (2007)
Song
Failure to Launch (2006)
Song
Running with Scissors (2006)
Song
Imagine Me & You (2006)
Song
Flushed Away (2006)
Song
Bobby (2006)
Song
Park (2006)
Song
Clerks II (2006)
Song
Date Movie (2006)
Song
The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy (2005)
Song
Rent (2005)
Song
The Wedding Date (2005)
Song ("This Guy'S In Love With You")
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Composer
Alfie (2004)
Song
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Song
The In-Laws (2003)
Song
Kevin and Perry Go Large (2003)
Song
In the Cut (2003)
Song
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Song Performer
Enough (2002)
Song ("This Guy'S In Love With You")
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Song
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Song
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Song
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Song
Bandits (2001)
Song ("Walk On By")
Saving Silverman (2001)
Song
Isn't She Great (2000)
Music
Meet the Parents (2000)
Song
Isn't She Great (2000)
Song
Shaft (2000)
Song
Ratcatcher (1999)
Song ("What'S New Pussycat")
Holy Smoke (1999)
Song
Stuart Little (1999)
Song
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Song
Heart (1999)
Song
Strange Planet (1999)
Song
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Songs ("Wishin' & Hopin'" "What'S New Pussycat")
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
Song
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Song
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Song
Home Fries (1998)
Song
Paulie (1998)
Song
The Avengers (1998)
Song ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head")
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Song
Shooting Fish (1997)
Song
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Song
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
Song
Love Serenade (1996)
Song
The Associate (1996)
Song
One Fine Day (1996)
Song
Derby (1995)
Song
Forrest Gump (1994)
Song
Alive (1993)
Song
That Night (1993)
Song
This Boy's Life (1993)
Song
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
Song
Mr. Wonderful (1993)
Song
Matinee (1993)
Song
Father of the Bride (1991)
Song
Little Man Tate (1991)
Song
Without You, I'm Nothing (1990)
Song
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Song
Goodfellas (1990)
Song
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Song
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Song
The Rachel Papers (1989)
Song Performer ("This Guy'S In Love With You")
The Rachel Papers (1989)
Song
Roger & Me (1989)
Song
In Country (1989)
Song
Buster (1988)
Song
Arthur 2: On The Rocks (1988)
Song Producer ("Love Is My Decision (Theme From Arthur 2 On The Rocks)" "Close To You" "This Guy'S In Love With You" "Wives And Lovers" "Heart Light"), Songs
1969 (1988)
Song
Arthur 2: On The Rocks (1988)
Music
The Year My Voice Broke (1988)
Song
Stealing Home (1988)
Song ("Baby, It'S You")
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Music
Baby Boom (1987)
Song
Who's That Girl? (1987)
Song
Off Beat (1986)
Song
Tough Guys (1986)
Music
The Best Of Times (1986)
Music
A Letter to Brezhnev (1986)
Music ("Always Something There To Remind Me")
Police Academy (1984)
Music
Best Defense (1984)
Song Performer
Best Defense (1984)
Music
Romantic Comedy (1983)
Song ("Maybe")
Baby, It's You (1983)
Music
Night Shift (1982)
Song
Night Shift (1982)
Music
Making Love (1982)
Song
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Music
Arthur (1981)
Song
Arthur (1981)
Music
Middle Age Crazy (1980)
Song
Quadrophenia (1979)
Music
The Wanderers (1979)
Music
Black Joy (1978)
Music ("I Say A Little Prayer")
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Composer
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
Composer
Lost Horizon (1972)
Music
Lost Horizon (1972)
Music Conductor
The Seven Minutes (1971)
Composer
something big (1971)
Composer
The Boys in the Band (1970)
Composer
Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
Composer
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Music Composition and Conducting
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Composer
The April Fools (1969)
Composer
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Composer
Casino Royale (1967)
Music comp & Conductor
Casino Royale (1967)
Composer
After the Fox (1966)
Music
Alfie (1966)
Composer
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Composer
After the Fox (1966)
Composer
Made in Paris (1966)
Composer
What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Music Composition
What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Composer
Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Composer
Wonderful To Be Young! (1962)
Composer
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm (1962)
Composer
Forever My Love (1962)
Composer
Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)
Composer
Juke Box Rhythm (1959)
Composer
Country Music Holiday (1958)
Composer
The Blob (1958)
Composer
The Sad Sack (1957)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Other
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Other

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Angie Dickinson (2003)
Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001)
Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (2001)
Interviewee
Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2001)
Interviewee
Burt Bacharach (2001)
Interviewee
Words and Music By Leiber & Stoller (2001)
Interviewee
72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (2000)
Performer
The Rhythm of Life (2000)
Angie Dickinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad (1999)
Interviewee
The 26th Annual American Music Awards (1999)
Performer
Definitely Dusty (1999)
Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1998)
The 1997 Billboard Music Awards (1997)
Performer
Burt Bacharach: This Is Now (1997)
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (1997)
That's What Friends Are For (1990)
The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music (1989)
Performer
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1989)
Performer
That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 (1988)
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards (1987)
Performer
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration (1985)
The Burt Bacharach Special (1974)
Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 (1973)
Host
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La (1973)
Burt Bacharach: Close To You (1972)
Host
The Magical Music of Burt Bacharach (1972)
Host
Burt Bacharach! (1972)
The Burt Bacharach Special (1971)
Host
The Songmakers (1967)
Himself

Producer (Special)

Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1998)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (2000)
Music
72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (2000)
Original Music
Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1998)
Song Performer
Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1998)
Music Arranger
Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1998)
Music
Burt Bacharach: This Is Now (1997)
Music
Singing Positive (1995)
Song
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards (1987)
Song Performer
Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story (1987)
Song ("That'S What Friends Are For")
Marlene Dietrich: I Wish You Love (1973)
Music Arranger

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Unconditional Love (2002)
Song
A Girl Thing (2001)
Song

Life Events

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

First Number 1 hit (with David), the country song "The Story of My Life", recorded by Marty Robbins

1957

Met lyricist Hal David at NYC's Brill Building

1957

First film as composer of title (theme) song only, "The Sad Sack"

1957

First film credit, pre-composed song for "Lizzie"

1958

Perry Como scored a big hit with the Bacharach-David tune "Magic Moments"

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

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"

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"

1996

Appeared at London's Royal Festival Hall, where Oasis' Noel Gallagher joined him to croon "This Guy's In Love with You"

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

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) -- Raindrops... Butch (Paul Newman) awakens Etta (Katharine Ross) with his new bicycle, on which they romp to B.J. Thomas' singing Burt Bacharach and Hal David's hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969.
Lizzie (1957) - Warm And Tender First scene with Eleanor Parker (title character, heretofore mousy “Elizabeth), acting up anywhere other than in her own mirror, Johnny Mathis the singer, his first appearance in his only movie, with an early Bacharach/David tune, Ric Roman as a co-worker not quite recognizing her, in Lizzie, 1957.
Send Me No Flowers (1964) - Title Song, Feeling Low? Leading lady Doris Day sings the distinctive Burt Bacharach-Hal David title tune, and leading man Rock Hudson groans his way through an opening gag narrated by Herb Vigran, opening the two stars' last feature together, Send Me No Flowers, 1964, co-starring Tony Randall.
What's New, Pussycat? (1965) - You Are Serious Adulterer! Tom Jones with the hit title tune by Burt Bacharach and Hal David over the gaudy credits, and an opening scene that sounds like a surviving piece of Woody Allen’s original screenplay, Peter Sellers as shrink Fassbender, at war with his burly wife (Eddra Gale), opening What’s New, Pussycat?, 1965.
Casino Royale - Between Mind And Body Dusty Springfield with Bacharach ad David's The Look Of Love, as timid Baccarat genius Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) gets reeled in by super-spy Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress), in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. 1967.
Casino Royale (1967) - Little Jimmy In which the un-retired James Bond (David Niven) meets the new Moneypenny (Barbara Bouchet) and introduces his errant nephew Jimmy (Woody Allen), in the 007 spoof Casino Royale, 1967.

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Family

Bert Bacharach
Father
Syndicated columnist.
Irma Bacharach
Mother
Lea Bacharach
Daughter
Born c. 1966; mother, Angie Dickinson.
Cristopher Elton Bacharach
Son
Born c. 1986; adopted with Carole Bayer Sager.
Oliver Bacharach
Son
Born on December 21, 1992; mother. Jane Bacharach.
Raleigh Bacharach
Daughter
Born on December 19, 1995; mother, Jane Bacharach.

Companions

Paula Stewart
Wife
Singer. Divorced.
Angie Dickinson
Wife
Actor. Married in 1965; separated in 1976; divorced in 1982; mother of Bacharach's daughter Nikki.
Carole Bayer Sager
Wife
Lyricist. Married on April 3, 1982; divorced c. 1991; co-won Best Song Oscar with Bacharach and others for "Arthur" (1981); co-won Grammy for "That's What Friends Are For" (1987); adopted son Cristopher with Bacharach.
Jane Bacharach
Wife
Born c. 1961; married c. 1991; mother of Oliver and Raleigh.

Bibliography

"The Bacharach-David Song Book"
Burt Bacharach (1978)

Notes

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.