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Burt Bacharach

Remembering: Burt Bacharach Dies at age 94

February 08, 2023

The playlist of your youth:

In 1962, Warwick scored with “Don’t Make Me Over” a slew of Bacharach-David songs, including “Walk on By,” “You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart),” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Alfie,” “Promises, Promises,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Message to Michael” and “Trains and Boats and Planes.”

1970, the Carpenters scored a No. 1 hit with Bacharach and David’s “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and the 5th Dimension had a No. 2 hit with “One Less Bell to Answer.”

Bacharach’s post-David collaborators included lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, whom he married in 1982 after he and Dickinson divorced.

Among Bacharach and Sager’s hits are the Oscar-winning “Best That You Can Do,” which they co-wrote with Christopher Cross and Peter Allen for the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy “Arthur.” Bacharach and Sager, who later divorced, also wrote the 1982 single “Heartlight” with Neil Diamond, and they collaborated with Bruce Roberts on “Making Love,” the title track of the 1982 film, which became a hit for Roberta Flack.

Singer and music historian Michael Feinstein once said that Bacharach and David were “absolutely the greatest songwriters of their generation,” standing shoulder to shoulder with the most treasured American composers.

Bacharach and David “are, in some ways, the bridge between the Great American Songbook writers from the 1930s and the contemporary writers from the rock era,” And in the 1960s, when there were two distinct markets — “music for kids and music for adults” — Bacharach and David uniquely appealed to both, and Bacharach, the winner of three Oscars and six Grammys, was “one of the greatest composers in pop music history.” Grein said. (Bacharach was also given the Recording Academy’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1997 Grammys Trustees Award and was presented with the Gershwin Prize by President Obama.)

According to his publicist, Burt Bacharach died Wednesday due to natural causes at his Los Angeles.

Born in Kansas City, MO he died with his wife and family by his side on February 8, 2023

Bacharach leaves behind fourth wife Jane Hansen (pictured in 2015) and their two children, as well as a son from a previous marriage.


Burt left a timeless playlist for Smooth Jazz and smooth vocals that will always be remembered.