Burt Bacharach, a true musical icon, passed away on February 8th at 94 due to natural causes. Bacharach composed hundreds of songs that have become beloved classics worldwide during his remarkable career spanning several decades.
He had 73 songs in the Top 40 in the United States alone, and many of his greatest hits include Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I Say A Little Prayer, and I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.
Burt Bacharach was a gifted musician and a prolific songwriter who composed music for films, television shows, and Broadway productions. His work earned him many awards, including nine Grammys, three Academy Awards, and induction into The Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
He worked with some of music’s biggest names, including Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, and Dusty Springfield, to name a few. His impact can be felt across generations, from Elvis Presley to Bruno Mars.
Burt Bacharach’s legacy will live on through generations, and his stunning compositions will continue to delight audiences for many years.
His influence on popular music is genuinely valuable, and he will be remembered for his contributions to the world of music, which range from jazz to pop-rock.
Even now, one cannot listen to his greatest hits without singing along or being moved by their beauty – a testament to Burt Bacharach’s sheer genius.
Burt Bacharach was a classical musician from New York with an impressive resume, having served in the United States Army before becoming a well-known songwriter and composer.
His career took off after meeting lyricist Hal David in 1957, which resulted in the duo penning their first number-one hit, Marty Robbins’ “The Story of My Life” (aka Michael Holliday in the UK version). Perry Como’s Magic Moments quickly followed, becoming another chart-topping hit.
As they say, the rest is history. As word of their talent spread, more and more artists wanted to work with them, resulting in chart success for Aretha Franklin’s I Say a Little Prayer and Tom Jones’s’ What’s New Pussycat? Dusty Springfield’s The Look of Love and the Walker Brothers’ Make It Easy on Yourself.
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, which was featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, went on to win a Grammy Award as well as an Oscar for Best Original Score at the 1969 Academy Awards, firmly establishing Burt Bacharach’s place as one of the most successful composers of his era.