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Burt Bacharach (born May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, MO) is an American pianist and composer. He studied music at McGill University and Mannes School of Music. In the 1950s and the early 1960s he was the pianist and bandleader for Marlene Dietrich. He teamed with lyricist Hal David and others to write many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s.

Bacharach's music has been sung by a number of popular singers including Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Carpenters and Dusty Springfield. The music, which most classify as belonging to the Easy listening genre, has been praised for its distinctive melodies, sophisticated style and at times a light classical feel. So far he has a total of 52 Top 40 hits.

He has been married four times, to Paula Stewart, actress Angie Dickinson, lyricist Carole Bayer Sager with whom he collaborated on a number of pieces, and currently (as of 2003) Jane Hanson.

In 1998 he collaborated on an album called Painted From Memory with singer/songwriter Elvis Costello.

Bacharach has had cameo roles in a number of Hollywood movies including all three Austin Powers movies.

With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define and undoubtedly transcend the staid forms of Brill Building adult pop during the 1960s.
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Born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, he studied cello, drums, and piano as a child, and was later transplanted to New York City by his father, a syndicated columnist. The time spent in New York gave him a chance to sneak into clubs to watch his bebop heroes Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; he also played in several jazz bands during the 1940s. Bacharach studied music theory and composition at the Mannes School in New York, at Berkshire Music Center, at the New School for Social Research (with Darius Milhaud), at Montreal's McGill University, and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. A period in the Army interrupted his concentration of music study, but even while serving in Germany, Bacharach arranged and played piano for a dance band. He also played in nightclubs and backed Steve Lawrence, the Ames Brothers, and Paula Stewart. Bacharach was discharged in 1952, and he married Stewart on December 22nd of the following year.

On returning to the U.S., he began writing songs for Lawrence, Patti Page, the Ames Brothers, and others, but his first hit came from Marty Robbins in late 1957 when Robbins took "The Story of My Life" to the American Top 20 and the number one spot in England. The single was also notable for its co-composer, Hal David, who became Bacharach's songwriting partner and collaborated on most of his big hits. The Bacharach/David team followed up in January 1958 with Perry Como's "Magic Moments," another U.K. chart-topper and a Top Five entry in America. Bacharach's marriage dissolved in 1958, and he left for Europe to tour with Marlene Dietrich. He returned in 1961, and wrote several songs for the Drifters with Bob Hilliard (including "Mexican Divorce" and "Please Stay") before reuniting with Hal David. At an arranging session, he found the singer who became the ultimate vehicle for his songs: Dionne Warwick who was working as a member of the Drifters' backup vocal group, the Gospelaires.

I Say a Little Prayer For You
What the World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon 1965)
What's New Pussycat? (Tom Jones 1965)
This Guy's in Love With You (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 1967)
The Look of Love (Sergio Mendes 1968)
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (B.J. Thomas 1969)
I'll Never Fall in Love Again (Dionne Warwick 1969)
Close to You (Carpenters 1970)
That's What Friends Are For (1982)
This song was originally written for the movie Night Shift and performed on the soundtrack by Rod Stewart. In 1986, a cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John became an enormous hit, raising millions for AIDS charities.
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