Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

Highest Rated: 90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Lowest Rated: 25% Casino Royale (1967)

Birthday: May 12, 1928

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Songwriter Burt Bacharach had perhaps only Brian Wilson and The Beatles for company in terms of combining artistic innovation and commercial success in '60s pop. He was best known for the long string of hits he wrote for Dionne Warwick with lyricist Hal David, but his legacy extended far beyond that. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 12, 1928 but brought up in Queens, New York, Bacharach learned piano in his youth and grew up loving jazz. After extensive studies in music, including instruction from such pioneering composers as Henry Cowell and Darius Milhaud, Bacharach had his first steady gig playing piano for crooner Vic Damone. He became Marlene Dietrich's musical director in 1956, filling that role for several years. But while working with Dietrich he also began collaborating with lyricist Hal David, with whom he wrote the 1957 country hit "The Story of My Life" for Marty Robbins. Hits for Perry Como and others followed, and by the early '60s, when he left Dietrich's employ, he and David flung themselves upon the world full-force as a writing team. Jerry Butler, Andy Williams, and Gene Pitney were among the singers the pair penned hits for in that period. But in 1962 David and Bacharach met young singer Dionne Warwick and all three lives were altered forevermore. She turned out to be the ideal voice for the material Bacharach and David were writing-classy pop tunes that combined irresistible hooks with unconventional structures and sophisticated orchestrations. Starting with 1962's "Don't Make Me Over," Warwick had a run of hits that lasted through the rest of the decade, creating pop standards like "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and many more in the process. But even while working with Warwick, Bacharach and David were scoring hits with other artists, including Jackie DeShannon ("What the World Needs Now"), Tom Jones ("What's New Pussycat?"), and Herb Alpert ("This Guy's in Love With You") to name but a few. At the same time, Bacharach was releasing his own largely instrumental albums, finding success in the Easy Listening market. By the early '70s, Bacharach, David, and Warwick parted ways. In the '70s Bacharach continued releasing solo records and did some soundtrack work. He began notching hits again in the '80s, including the Christopher Cross-sung "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the 1981 film "Arthur," Neil Diamond's "Heartlight," and "On My Own" by the duo of Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald. All these included lyrics by Bacharach's then-wife Carole Bayer Sager. Bacharach found another interesting writing partner in the '90s, writing and recording 1998's acclaimed Painted from Memory with Elvis Costello, and performing live in support of it. In the 2000s there were collaborations with the likes of Ron Isley and Rufus Wainwright, and in 2016, British singer Rumer emerged as an ideal vehicle for Bacharach's classic material with the release of This Girl's in Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook). Bacharach remained active all through the 2010s, into his 90s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
87% 63% Whitney: Can I Be Me Unknown (Character) - 2017
31% 80% Po Original Music - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song Himself (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David Unknown (Character) - 2002
25% 38% Isn't She Great Original Music $3M 2000
52% 71% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Himself (Character) $206M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters Unknown (Character) - 1997
76% 80% Grace of My Heart Original Music $646.9K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Hurts Original Music - 1990
76% 62% Baby Boom Original Music $25.4M 1987
No Score Yet 42% Romantic Comedy Composer - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La Unknown (Character) - 1973
90% 92% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Original Music - 1969
25% 34% Casino Royale Original Music - 1967
75% 66% After the Fox Original Music - 1966
29% 56% What's New, Pussycat? Original Music - 1965

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2013
75% 79% Nip/Tuck Himself (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 80% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1996

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