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Burt Bacharach

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with lyricist Hal David. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits. He is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century popular music. His music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, and uncommon selections of instruments for small orchestras. Most of Bacharach's and David's hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but earlier associations (from 1957 to 1963) saw the composing duo work with Marty Robbins, Perry Como, Gene McDaniels, and Jerry Butler. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B. J. Thomas, the Carpenters, among numerous other artists. He arranged, conducted, and produced much of his recorded output. Songs that he co-wrote which have topped the Billboard Hot 100 include "This Guy's in Love with You" (1968), "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1969), "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970), "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (1981), and "That's What Friends Are For" (1986). A significant figure in easy listening, Bacharach is described by writer William Farina as "a composer whose venerable name can be linked with just about every other prominent musical artist of his era." In later years, his songs were newly appropriated for the soundtracks of major feature films, by which time "tributes, compilations, and revivals were to be found everywhere". He has been noted for his influence on later musical movements such as chamber pop and Shibuya-kei. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked Bacharach and David at number 32 for their list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. In 2012, the duo received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first time the honor has been given to a songwriting team.

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May 12, 1928 In Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie From This Day Forward 1946-03-02
Latest Project:
Movie What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal Davis 2019-03-01
Known For
Poster of What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal Davis
Poster of All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'
Poster of Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night
Poster of Intimate Portrait
Movie What the World Needs Now: Words by Hal Davis Self 2019-03-01
Movie Pre Vis Action Self 2016-01-25
Movie All of What Follows Is True: The Making of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' Himself 2006-01-01
Movie Chris Botti Live: With Orchestra and Special Guests 2006-08-22
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Mucha Lucha: The Return of El Malefico Himself 2005-01-04
Movie There We Were, Now Here We Are... The Making of Oasis Himself 2004-09-03
Series Soundstage Unknown 2003-06-03
Movie Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song Self 2002-03-21
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Movie Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself 2002-07-26
Movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Himself 1999-06-08
Movie The Abbey Road Story Himself 1998-01-04
Movie Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night Himself 1998-04-15
Movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Himself 1997-05-02
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Movie Dusty Himself - Interviewee 1994-05-02
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Movie Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White Himself 1989-04-24
Movie The Muppets Go Hollywood Himself 1979-05-16
Movie Singer Presents Burt Bacharach Himself 1971-03-24
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Top of the Pops Unknown 1964-01-01
Movie From This Day Forward Himself 1946-03-02