Burt Bacharach


Burt F. Bacharach is an American pianist, composer and music producer. He is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the mid-1950s through the 1980s, with lyrics written by Hal David, as part of the duo Bacharach and David. Many of their hits were produced specifically for, and performed by, Dionne Warwick. Following on with the initial success of this collaboration, Bacharach went on to produce hits with Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Jackie DeShannon and others.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Burt Bacharach.


1928 Birth Born on May 12, 1928.


1946 18 Years Old Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City, graduating from Forest Hills High School in 1946. … Read More


1957 29 Years Old In 1957, Bacharach and lyricist Hal David met while at the Brill Building (which Bacharach described as a "music factory") in New York City, and began their writing partnership. … Read More


1963 35 Years Old Bacharach also worked with other lyricists at first, including Bob Hilliard and Hal David's brother, Mack David but he and Hal David decided to form an exclusive writing partnership together in 1963. … Read More
1965 37 Years Old Bacharach released his first solo album in 1965 on the Liberty Records label. "Hit Maker! … Read More
1966 38 Years Old …  The Bacharach/David composition "My Little Red Book", originally recorded by Manfred Mann for the film What's New Pussycat?, and promptly covered by Love in 1966, has become a rock standard; however, according to Robin Platts' book "Burt Bacharach and Hal David", the composer did not like Love's version. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old Bacharach composed and arranged the soundtrack of the 1967 film Casino Royale, which included "The Look of Love", performed by Dusty Springfield, and the title song, an instrumental Top 40 single for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.


1968 40 Years Old Bacharach and David also collaborated with Broadway producer David Merrick on the 1968 musical Promises, Promises, which yielded two hits, the title tune and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", for Dionne Warwick.
1969 41 Years Old The year 1969 marked, perhaps, the most successful Bacharach-David collaboration, the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", written for and prominently featured in the acclaimed film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. … Read More
1973 45 Years Old In 1973, Bacharach and David were commissioned to score the Ross Hunter-produced revival of the 1937 film, Lost Horizon for Columbia Pictures. … Read More
1975 47 Years Old He and David reunited briefly in 1975 to write and produce Stephanie Mills's second album For the First Time released on Motown Records. By the early 1980s, Bacharach's marriage to Angie Dickinson had ended, but a new partnership with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager proved rewarding, both commercially and personally. The two married and collaborated on several major hits during the decade, including "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross), co-written with Cross and Peter Allen; "Heartlight" (Neil Diamond); "Making Love" (Roberta Flack); "On My Own" (Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald), and perhaps most memorably, "That's What Friends Are For" in 1985, actually the second single which reunited Bacharach and singer Warwick. … Read More


1990 - 1998 4 More Events
2002 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Bacharach collaborated with Cathy Dennis in 2002 to write an original song for the Pop Idol winner Will Young. … Read More
2003 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 78 Years Old 1 More Event
Bacharach appeared as a celebrity performer and guest vocal coach for contestants on the television show, "American Idol" during the 2006 season, during which an entire episode was dedicated to his music.
2007 79 Years Old Bacharach and Dickinson had a daughter, Nikki Bacharach, who committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 40.
2009 81 Years Old In early 2009, Bacharach worked with Italian soul singer Karima Ammar and produced her debut single Come In Ogni Ora. … Read More
2013 85 Years Old His autobiography, Anyone Who Had a Heart, was published in 2013. … Read More
2015 87 Years Old On June 27, 2015, Bacharach performed at the Glastonbury Festival UK. … Read More
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