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Burt Bacharach was one of the most legendary composers in modern music history. The suave, sharply dressed musician was also an award-winning songwriter, producer, and pianist. Sadly, Bacharach passed away yesterday at his Los Angeles home at the age of 94.
Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 12th, 1928, but was raised in New York. He fell in love with jazz at a very young age, and while just a teenager he would sneak into jazz clubs around the city to take in the scene. He was classically trained in music schools all over from Montreal, New York, and California. His professional career took a whole new direction when he teamed up with lyricist Hal David in 1957 and the two began composing some rather impressive music together.
Bacharach spent seven decades collaborating with a plethora of musicians including Dionne Warwick, one of his greatest musical partners. He was known for emulating his own suave demeanor into his music and creating that iconic 1960s shining beat. Bacharach wrote a mass number of hit songs including I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Dusty Springfield’s I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Dionne Warwick’s Walk On By, Aretha Franklin’s I Say A Little Prayer, and the Carpenters’ Close To You, just to name a few.
Thank you Burt Bacharach for the music. You will be so missed! KLOS sends our love to all of Burt’s family and loved ones.
To celebrate the life of the legend we just lost, watch this incredible performance of Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick on the TV series The Kraft Music Hall in 1970 here: