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In his six decades as a composer and performer, Burt Bacharach has become one of the most acclaimed artists in the music industry. His immense litany of credits includes more than 70 Top 40 hits, six Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards and the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Many of Bacharach's best-known songs were made famous by other artists -- among them "I Say a Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick, "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield and "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by the Carpenters. However, Bacharach boasts more than 30 albums of his own, and his live performances are renowned for their theatricality as well as the range of his set list.
Burt Bacharach's background
Burt Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Mo., moved with his family to New York City and as a child studied piano, cello and drums. His interest in music widened through watching jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie perform in New York clubs, and Bacharach began performing himself from the 1940s. He studied music at a number of prestigious institutions, had a stint in the Army, then pursued a professional music career in the '50s.
Burt Bacharach's composer credits
Burt Bacharach's earliest success came as a composer, scoring his first hits with Marty Robbins' "The Story of My Life" and Perry Como's "Magic Moments." A songwriting partnership with Hal David would boost Bacharach's profile. A significant number of their hits were songs written for Dionne Warwick. From the early '60s, the singer would score more than 38 singles co-written or produced by Bacharach-David, including "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Walk on By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"
Bacharach-David composed the scores for the films Casino Royale (1967), Alfie (1966) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). The latter won them two Oscars, for Best Original Score and Best Theme Song for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." The duo also wrote a hit Broadway musical, Promises, Promises, which earned them both Tony and Grammy Awards. In the '80s, Bacharach won another Oscar for co-writing "Arthur's Theme" for the 1981 film Arthur.
Burt Bacharach's solo successes
While writing hit songs for other artists, Burt Bacharach also had success as a singer, releasing a steady string of albums and singles from the mid-'60s. His first solo album, Hit Maker! Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits, was issued in 1965, and Bacharach had a solo chart hit in '69 with "I'll Never Fall in Love Again." Bacharach also offered his own versions of his previous hit songs with an eponymous 1971 album.
Bacharach entered a new era of critical acclaim with his 1998 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Painted From Memory. The song "I Still Have That Other Girl" from the album won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The same year, Bacharach conducted an all-star tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall, which was recorded for the album One Amazing Night.
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