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Burt Bacharach

Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for composing hundreds of popular hit songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by Hal David. Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists, and have become part of the Great American Songbook, along with those by composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

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Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for composing hundreds of popular hit songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by Hal David. Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists, and have become part of the Great American Songbook, along with those by composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Most of Bacharach & David hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but earlier associations (from 1957–63) saw the composing duo work with Marty Robbins, Perry Como, Gene McDaniels, and Jerry Butler. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B. J. Thomas, The Carpenters, among numerous other artists.

As of 2014, Bacharach had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits. Songs that he co-wrote which have topped the Billboard Top 100 include "The Look of Love" (1967), "This Guy's in Love with You" (1968), "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1969), "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970), "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (1981), "That's What Friends Are For" (1986) and "On My Own" (1986), among others.

In 1997 he was the subject of a PBS Great Performances biography. And in recent years a number of tribute albums and concerts have helped introduce his music to younger audiences. Among them was a 2009 concert by Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis. In 2012, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first time the honor has been given to a songwriting team. The ceremony was hosted by President Obama, and included a concert performed with various stars. « hide

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Burt Bacharach
1971

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Compilations
Greatest Hits
1974

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