Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, died at age 94 on February 8th, No cause of death was announced.
Burt Bacharach and his songwriting partner, the late-Hal David, met singer Dionne Warwick while they were working on a session for the Drifters, and she became their "go-to" singer for demos. Eventually, they wrote and produced 20 Top 40 hits for Warwick, seven of which hit the Top 10. Among their landmark songs were "I Say A Little Prayer," "Walk On By," and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."
Other Bacharach-David hits include Herb Alpert's Number One "This Guy's In Love With You," Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat," Gene Pitney's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," Jackie DeShannon's "What The World Needs Now Is Love," B.J. Thomas's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," and Dusty Springfield's "The Look Of Love."
After his split with David, Bacharach scored songwriting hits with wife Carole Bayer Sager, including Christopher Cross's "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," Neil Diamond's "Heartlight," Roberta Flack's "Making Love," Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald's "On My Own," and Dionne and Friends' "That's What Friends Are For."
Bacharach won three Oscars for the music he did for movies, and was nominated for three more, for films including Arthur, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Alfie, and Casino Royale. (I had no idea he wrote the theme from "Arthur.") Here are a few of his classics: