Burt Bacharach

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Burt Bacharach (Burt Bacharach) (b. May 12, 1928 in Kansas City) – American pianist and composer, author of many English-language pop hits.

He was born into a Jewish family (father’s name was Bert, mother – Irma). His father dreamed that his son would be a sports career, he might become famous football player, but the mother’s desire to teach his son music led Burt in the other direction. After serving in the army (where he mostly played the piano at the Officers’ House), he began working as a music director Marlene Dietrich than once gained worldwide fame for themselves. With Marlene Dietrich, he worked for 3 years. In the late 50-ies. musician tried his hand as a composer.

His “singing”immediately and widely. One of the first songs,”Story Of My Life”, became a hit in the US in 1957 for the American country singer Marty Robbins (15th place), and reached the top of the British charts by Englishman Michael Halliday. (In addition to the English hits included another 3 versions of this song.) At the beginning of 1958 another essay Bacharach, “Magic Moments”, reached the first position in the UK by Perry Como.

Once this success, the question “to write or not to write?”for a musician no longer standing. In the early 60s, he wrote”Baby It’s You”, and the song in the interpretation of the American vocal group SHIRELLES rises to 8th place (1962). A year later it recorded on their debut album and the BEATLES. “Live”version of the same songs performed by the Fab Four is available on the disc”The Beatles” “Live At The BBC” (1994), and they came out the CD-single (1995).

In 1957 he met the lyricist Hal David. which in the ground and worked over the next two decades. During the 1960s, Bacharach and David contributed to the ascent of the star soul singer Dionne Warwick. for which written thirty-eight hits, including the classic «Walk On By» (1964, 6th in the US). Many of these songs are now better known by other singers – say, «Wishin ‘and Hopin’» was successfully rewritten Englishwoman Dusty Springfield, and «I Say a Little Prayer» became famous in the interpretation of Aretha Franklin.

In the mid-60s Bacharach visited with Marlene Dietrich in the Soviet Union and, quite possibly, was the first representative of Western pop music, managed to get behind the “iron curtain”. Around the same time, it held familiarity with film composer: first, he married the well-known film actress Angie Dickinson; secondly, I wrote the music for the film “What’s New Pussycat?” (1965). The title song became a major hit picture Tom Jones and opened this coming singer to the American public.

In 1967, Bacharach wrote the music for the spy movie “Casino Royale”, and the following year he made his debut on Broadway musical “Some promises.”One of the most popular ringtones in 1968 was the composition he wrote «This Guy’s in Love with You» by the owner of his record label A & amp; M Records – Herb Alpert. In 1969 he was awarded the”Oscar”for the now well-known song «Raindrops Keep Fallin ‘on My Head» of cash western”Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid».

In 1970, on top of the Billboard Hot 100 again dominated major hit Bacharach – «(They Long to Be) Close to You». On his TV show composer performed his duet with Barbra Streisand. This year was the peak of a career Bacharach, which in the seventies gradually began to decline. It was caused by heightened competition from Elton John and Paul McCartney, annually supplies the pop charts with new melodies, whose hit potential is often not inferior to the best works of the veteran singers. In 1971, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame composers.

In 1980, Bacharach divorced with a famous actress Angie Dickinson. His new muse (and since 1982, and his wife) was the poet Carole Bayer Sager. Together they wrote a lot of new hits, including the song for the comedy “Arthur”, which is performed by Christopher Cross reached the top spot on the charts and was awarded the “Oscar”for best song for the film, and the charity single «That’s What Friends Are For», which It was filled with stellar quartet composed by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight and received a”Grammy”in the category”Best Song of the Year».

Burt Bacharach. Chapter from the book of Marlene Dietrich “Reflections”

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