Burt Bacharach Passed Away At 94
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Burt Bacharach, who was the pianist, lyricist, producer, and composer behind some of the most popular songs in music history, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 94.
Bacharach, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 12, 1928, performed on the piano at officers’ clubs while serving in the American Army in the early 1950s. When he first met lyricist Hal David, his songwriting career started going pretty well.
With Marty Robbins’ “The Story of My Life,” they achieved their first No. 1 success on the American country music chart in the same year. Together, they scored several Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 over the years.
In the ’60s, he worked with Tom Jones (“What’s New Pussycat? “), Herb Alpert (“This Guy’s in Love With You,” which peaked at number one), and B.J. Thomas, among others, who sang the No. 1 song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969.
Throughout the early ’70s, Bacharach continued to produce solo albums, write for other artists, and compose for TV, film, and the theatre. His fortune spanned until the ’80s with the chart-topping Christopher Cross collaboration “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” and the Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald duet “On My Own.”
Bacharach stated he wasn’t a very quick worker despite his extensive collection. He merely worked nonstop to improve his craft. The musician said in one of his previous interviews:
“I’m not a fast writer, never have been. I may get the whole synthesis of something, or most of it, an initial impact. But you’re not going to get something every day. But it’s important that you visit your worksite every day, even if it’s just to improvise, touch the piano, play some chords. Be in touch with your music. I equate it with being a tennis player on the circuit. You don’t take three weeks off and expect to get by the first round at Wimbledon, you know?”