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Legendary Song Writer Burt Bacharach: Dead At 94

The iconic music composer and producer Burt Bacharach has died. He was 94 years old.

In a statement about his passing, publicist Tina Brausam, said that Burt passed away on Wednesday (2.08.) of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

Born in Missouri and raised in New York City, the multi-media award winning song writer pursued a career in music after serving in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s, and was soon hired as the music director for Marlene Dietrich. 

After gaining recognition as a conductor and arranger, Bacharach went on to craft hundreds of pop songs for such singers as Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, and the Carpenters, oft times in collaboration with lyricist Hal David. However, he’s perhaps best known for the legendary tunes he created for Dionne Warwick, including ‘Walk on By,’ ‘Alfie,’ ‘I Say a Little Prayer,’ and ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.’

Throughout his 60+ year career, Burt took home six Grammy Awards and three Academy Awards, and alongside Hal David, he received the U.S. Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2012. 

Married four times, Burt Bacharach had a union with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager from 1982 until 1991, and was wed to Jane Hansen from 1993 until his death.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Eddie Janssens