Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ISR SALUTES

Burt Bacharach




Burt Freeman Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on 
May 12, 1928 but his family moved to NYC and he grew up in 
Queens, New York. Burt graduated from Forest Hills High School 
and since childhood, he had a keen interest in music.

He attended McGill University, Music Academy of the West and 
Mannes College of Music earning a Degree in Music. 

Burt also served in the army before working professionally as a
pianist-accompanist to the stars.

During the early stages of his music career, he played piano 
behind popular established artists.

In the late 1950’s, he began working with lyricist Hal David on original material. Together they pitched songs to the stars with little luck.

But one day after much trial and rejection eventually 
they realized they had became one of the most successful
songwriting teams in the 
U.S. contemporary popular music scene.

Throughout the 1960’s into the 1980’s, Burt and Hal David,
and later with Carole Bayer-Sager he composed 
multiple No. 1 hits. Many for singer Dionne Warwick. 

Burt's songwriting style is Jazz inflected harmonics, with a slight 
R&B pulse rocking gently under a lilting sentimental melody.

His songs are quite popular to this day. 

A few of Burt's hit songs include; "This Guy's in Love with You",
"One Less Bell to Answer",
"The Look of Love", "A House Is Not a Home",
"What the World Needs Now", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head",
"Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)",
 "Heartlight", "Love Always",
 "That's What Friends Are For" and, "Close To You."

A six-time Grammy Award winner,
and three-time Academy Award 
winner, Mr. Bacharach continues to write songs,
soundtracks, release albums and tour to this day. 

ISR SALUTES; The Great American Songwriter;
Mr. Burt Bacharach.