BURT BACHARACH

Burt Bacharach on A&M Records.com

Burt Bacharach--composer, arranger, conductor, performer. Explore Burt Bacharach's biography. The interactive song index contains every song written by Bacharach plus songs that sampled Bacharach. Sort the song index for details on co-writers and lyricists, publication date, awards, and recording notes. The sessionography to intrernational performance, View concert dates and setlists.

Enjoy nearly 200 exclusive photos taken during concerts from the 1970s through today. The feature ends with Burt's own thoughts on songwriting, arranging music and more.

 

Burt Bacharach on A&M Records

BURT BACHARACH BIOGRAPHY

1957

Began working with Marlene Dietrich. He arranged and conducted four singles for her in 1957.

Wrote his first movie theme song "The Blob" with Mack David, older brother of Hal David. The song charted in both the U.S. and Canada peaking at #33 and #14 respectively.

Began writing with Hal David. Their first song to reach the U.S. charts was "The Story of My Life" which was recorded by Marty Robbins and Michael Holiday. Both versions made the Billboard Pop chart. Robbins peaked at #15 and Holliday at #24. Robbins also made the Billboard Country Chart and the song went to #1. The Robbins version was also #2 in Canada. Three British artists recorded the song and all three of them charted, two of them were Top 20.

Perry Como recorded "Magic Moments" on December 3, 1957. The record entered the Billboard Pop Chart in January 1958.

1958

"Magic Moments" peaked at #4 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The record was also #12 in Canada.

In Britain, Perry Como's version was on the pop chart for four months and it peaked at #1. Simultaneously, British artist Ronnie Hilton released "Magic Moments" and his version reached #22.

1959

During a recording session for The Drifters, Bacharach met Dionne Warwick. She was in the back-up trio with her cousin Cissy Houston and Myrna Smith.

Conducted the orchestra and played the piano on Marlene Dietrich's world tour.

1963

Around June 1963, Kapp Records signed Burt Bacharach as a recording artist. His first release was "Saturday Sunshine."

1964

"Walk on By" by Dionne Warwick released in 1964, was named one of RIAA's top selling songs of the 1960s.

1965

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Jackie DeShannon released in 1965, was named one of RIAA's top selling songs of the 1960s.

On May 27 and June 10, Bacharach was a guest on "Top of the Pops" in Great Britain with "Trains and Boats and Planes".

1966

"On the Flip Side" premiered on ABC Stage 67 on December 7, 1966.

1967

Burt Bacharach toured again as Marlene Dietrich's aranger, conductor and pianist. From June 14-24, they appeared at the Montreal Expo with a 16 piece orchestra. From mid-October until November 19, 1967, Dietrich appeared at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. This time Bacharach had a 25-piece orchestra.

Bacharach released his first album for A&M Records, Reach Out.

Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement, "Alfie."

Bacharach was guest on The Merv Griffin Show on October 25, 1967.

On December 12, Bacharach was a guest on "The Hollywood Palace." All of the guests were A&M Records artists.

1968

On March 16, Reach Out was at #5 on Billboard's Best Selling Jazz LP's chart.

Released his Make It Easy on Yourself album/

RIAA gold single for "This Guy's in Love with You" by Herb Alpert.

On May 9, Bacharach was a guest on "The Dick Cavell Show."
Bacharach was a guest on The Mike Douglas Show on July 5 and 10, 1968.

Bacharach appeared on The Joey Bishop Show on August 9, 1968.
Bacharach was guest on The Merv Griffin Show on December 18, 1968.

1969

Academy Award for the Best Song from a Motion Picture, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head."
Academy Award for the Best Score from a Motion Picture Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,

Grammy Award for Best Original Score from a Motion Picture, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Grammy Award for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album, Promises, Promises.

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music Promises, Promises.

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" by B. J. Thomas released in 1969, was named one of RIAA's top selling songs of the 1960s.

Bacharach appeared on The David Frost Show on August 19, 1969.

On November 19, 1969 Bacharach hosted Kraft Music Hall.
Bacharach was a guest on Della! (Della Reese) on December 3, 1969.

In London, a West End Production of Promises, Promises opened starring Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley.

1970

Bacharach told Billboard about the song "They Long to Be Close to You," "It was a dead horse that suddenly got up and won the race to the wire." (Billboard, July 25, 1970)

In Australia, Burt Bacharach's Greatest Hits averaged a gold record for the three consecutive weeks before Christmas.

Billboard ranked the team of Bacharach and David as its ninth of Top 10 Producers in its analysis of Hot 100 Chart Action. Five of their singles charted in 1970.

Golden Globe for Best Original Score from a Motion Picture, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Laurel Award Music Man for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Bacharach hosted The Hollywood Palace on January 10, 1970.
On January 16, Bacharach was a guest on "The Dick Cavett Show."
Bacharach appeared on the Academy Awards on April 7, 1970.
Bacharach hosted Kraft Music Hall on June 16 and July 29, 1970.
Burt was a guest on This Is Tom Jones on September 25, 1970.

1971

As of January 16, 1971, the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid soundtrack had spent 60 weeks on Billboard's Top Album Chart.

Asquith Award for Film Music Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

NARM's Top Selling Orchestra Award.

Emmy Award for Outstand Variety or Music, Variety and Popular Music, Singer Presents Burt Bacharach.

Bacharach won the Billboard Number One Award for the top album of 1971 by an instrumentalist.

1973

1974

Bacharach served as a presenter on the Academy Awards on April 2, 1974.
On April 5, Bacharach was a guest on "The Mike Douglas Show."

1975

Bacharach was guest on The Merv Griffin Show on June 6, 1975.

1976

Bacharach served as a presenter on the Academy Awards on March 29, 1976.
Bacharach was guest on The Merv Griffin Show on April 30, 1976.

1977

Bacharach was guest on The Merv Griffin Show on February 14, 1977.
Bacharach was a guest on "Dinah!" (Dinah Shore) on February 22, 1977.

1979

Collaborated with Anthony Newley on a Broadway show about Charlie Chaplin.
Bacharach was a guest on "Dinah!" (Dinah Shore) on May 15, 1979.
On May 17, Bacharach was a guest on "The Mike Douglas Show."
Burt was the co-host on "The Mike Douglas Show" for the full week of November 26, 1979.

1980

Bacharach was a guest on "Dinah!" (Dinah Shore) on February 14, 1980.

On July 11, 1980, Bacharach was a guest on "The John Davidson Show."

1981

Academy Award for the Best Song from a Motion Picture "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)."

Golden Globe for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture, "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)."

1982

Bacharach appeared on the Academy Awards broadcast on March 29, 1982.

1985

 

1986

Grammy Award for Song of the Year, "That's What Friends Are For."

On January 25, 1986, Bacharach co-hosted Solid Gold with Dionne Warwick.

1987

1988

ASCAP Award for Most Performed Feature Film Standard, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head."

1991

ASCAP Award for Most Performed Feature Film Standard, "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)."

1993

ASCAP Founders Award

1996

Songwriter's Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award.

Bacharach was a guest on "TFI Friday" on March 22, 1996.
Burt made a guest star appearance on the television show "The Nanny" on April 29, 1996.

1997

Grammy Trustees Award with Hal David.

Bacharach was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on February 25, 1997.
Bacharach appeared in the E! True Hollywood Story episode on Karen Carpenter that aired on April 13, 1997.
On May 17, Bacharach appeared on the television show "Great Performances." The episode was titled "Burt Bacharach...This Is Now."

1998

Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, "I Still Have That Other Girl" with Elvis Costello.

Daily Variety's American Music Legend award.

Bacharach appeared on "The American Music Awards" on January 26, 1998.
The "Late Show with David Letterman" had Bacharach as a guest on September 28, 1998.
On September 29, 1998, Burt was a guest on "Live! with Kelly."

1999

Bacharach appeared on "The American Music Awards" on January 11, 1999.
Bacharach appeared on Biography Channel's episode "Angie Dicinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad." It aired on October 26, 1999.

2000

Served as the co-musical director for the Academy Awards and appeared on the broadcast on March 26, 2000.

In Britain, the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award with Hal David and the Ray Coleman Special Achievement Award.

Received the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Special Achievement Award.

2001

Polar Music Prize

On April 7 and 14, 2001, Bacharach was interviewed on "Walk on By: the Story of Popular Song."

2002

July 27, 2002, the film Austin Powers in Goldmember went into national release. Bacharach made a cameo appearance and "Alfie" became "What's it All About Austin." Burt participated in the film's promotion by doing an interview with VH1 in early July.

August 13, 2002, Burt Bacharach appeared on the television show "American Idol."

NARAS New York Heroes Award

2003

On May 4, 2003, "The Look of Love—The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David" opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. It was initially set for a limited run through June 15, 2003. "So many of the songs were born with the sound—the instruments and arrangements—going along with them. That's the record mentality, and Don (Sebesky) had that foundation. I made some suggestions: I fought real hard for the size of the band, which was influenced by economics and the size of the orchestra pit."

On November 11, Here I Am: Isley Meets Bacharach was released. On November 12, the duo appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

December 20, 2003, "McCormick Presents Burt Bacharach Tribute on Ice" aired. It was taped in September. Aretha Franklin, James Ingram and Michael McDonald added their talent to the music.

Reissues of Bacharach's recordings for the year included What the World Needs Now: Bacharach Classics and Rare Bacharach I.

2004

Songwriters Hall of Fame Towering Song Award for "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

Bacharach was a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on January 15, 2004.
On November 5, 2004, Universal released Something Big: the Complete A&M Years...And More. This was a five disc set with booklet discussing the 110 tracks in the set.

2005

Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Pop Album, At This Time.

At This Time was released on November 1.

October 21, 2005, Burt Bacharach and Rufus Wainwright were guests on Later with Jools Holland in Great Britain.
November 11, 2005, Bacharach appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show.

2006

On May 24, 2006, Burt appeared on the television show "American Idol."
On October 24, 2006, Bacharach appeared on Nip/Tuck.

2008

NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Burt Bacharach Live at the Sydney Opera Housewas debuted on October 7, 2008. Bacharach supported the CD by debuting it on QVC with performance and interview. Official release date was set for October 20.

On October 23, 2008, Bacharach appeared on The One Show.

2010

Broadway revival of Promises, Promises starred Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. It added "I Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a HOme" to the original score.

2011

On March 29, When Ronan Met Burt was released.

On October 13, 2011, Bacharach appeared on the television show TMZ on TV.

December 7, 2011, Bacharach's new musical "Some Lovers" premiered in San Diego, CA. Steven Sater created the book and lyrics for the show.

2012

March 13, Bacharach appeared on L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone.

On May 8 and 9 the Library of Congress Gershwin Award was given to Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The celebration included receiving the award at The White House during a tribute concert. The concert was broadcast on May 21, 2012.

RIAA and NEA's Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century included these Bacharach songs:
171. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head by B. J. Thomas
193. (They Lone to Be) Close to You by Carpenters
208. What the World Needs Now Is Love by Jackie DeShannon
261. Walk on By by Dionne Warwick
292. That's What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick and Friends

Among the million-selling songs:
Alfie
Always Something There to Remind Me (There's)
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
I Say a Little Prayer
The Look of Love
One Less Bell to Answer
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
This Guy's in Love with You
Walk on By
What the World Needs Now Is Love

2014

Bacharach and Elvis Costelllo were adapting Painted From Memory into a stage production. They were also working on a second musical for Broadway with Mike Myers based on characters from his Austin Powers movies.

2015

Bacharach agreed to score the film Po, the story of a father raising an autistic son.

Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater created an off-Broadway show "New York Animals." The show opened on November 29 for a limited engagement through December 20 at the New Ohio Theather.

BBC4 aired Burt Bacharach: a Life in Song on November 27.The pgram was avarious artist concert at Royal Festival Hall with Bacharach and his band closing the show.

2016

Burt Bacharach received the Newport Beach Film Festival's Legends Award. The award acknowledged his film, television and theater work.

Bacharach wrote the score for the film Po, the story of a single father caring for a son with autism.

"What the World Needs Now" was performed by Broadway for Orlando to support the shooting victims of the Orlando nightclbu shooting. Released on June 20, by June 21, it was #1 on iTunes. The charity recording supports the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida. Some 60 vocalists plus orchestra contributed.

Burt Bacharach's 10-piece band: keyboardists Bill Cantos and David Joyce, bassist David Coy, percussionist John Ferraro, violinist Elizabeth Chorley, trumpeter/flugelhornist Thomas Ehlen, woodwinds player Dennis Wilson, and vocalists Josie James, John Pagano, and Donna Taylor.

2017

Promises, Promises will be on stage in London for the first time since 1969.

BURT BACHARACH SONGS A TO Z AND 1951 - TODAY

The table contains 970 songs--every song that Burt Bacharach published, including songs that sampled an original Bacharach composition.

To sort the table click on the column heading for Publication or Song Title to switch the order of songs between alphabetical and chronological.

 

A photo gallery of the labels, sleeves, sheet music, ads for the songs is at the PICS tab above.

BURT BACHARACH SESSIONOGRAPHY

1957

Arranged and conducted these singles for Marlene Dietrich:
Near You/Another Spring, Another Love
I May Never Go Home Anymore/Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

1959

Conducted the orchestra for the Dietrich in Rio album.
Orchestrated and conducted John Ashley's recording of "The Hangman."

1960

Arranged and conducted Marlene Dietrich's Wiedersehen mit Marlene album.

1961

Orchestrated, arranged and conducted "Forever My Love" for Jane Morgan.
Produced, arranged and conducted "Move It on the Backbeat" by Burt and the Backbeats.

1962

Arranged and conducted these songs for Marlene Dietrich:
Qio Peut Ou vout Les Fleurs?
Cherche La Rose
Die Weit War Jung
Sag Mir Wo Di Blumen Sind
Dejeuner du Matin

Conducted "An Errand of Mercy" and produced and arranged "Little Betty, Falling Star" for George Hamilton.
Arranged and conducted "It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run)" for The Shirelles.
Arranged and conducted Timi Yuro's recording of "The Love of a Boy."
Arranged and conducted "Rain From the Skies" by Adam Wade.
Arranged, conducted and produced "Looking with My Eyes" and "Only the Strong, Only the Brave" for Dionne Warwick.

1963

Burt Bacharach's first release on Kapp was "Saturday Sunshine."
Arranged, conducted and produced Steve Alaimo's recording of "A Lifetime of Loneliness."
Arranged, conducted and produced "Anyone Who Had a Heart" for Dionne Warwick.
Arranged "Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa" for Gene Pitney.

Arranged and conducted Marlene Dietrich's EP Bitte Geh Nicht" which included the German version of Message to Martha.
Arranged and conducted Bobby Vinton's version of "Blue on Blue."
Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
This Empty Place
Wishin' and Hopin'
I Cry Alone
Don't Make Me Over
It's Love That Really Counts
Make the Music Play
I Smiled Yesterday
Make It Easy on Yourself
The Love of a Boy
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Please Make Him Love Me

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
This Empty Place
Wishin' and Hopin'
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

1964

Arranged and conducted the album Dietrich in London and the Marie-Marie EP.

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Always Something There to Remind Me
Any Old Time of Day
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Shall I Tell Her
Don't Make Me Over
I Cry Alone
Getting Ready for the Heartbreak
Oh Lord What Are You Soing to Me
Any Old Time of Day
Mr. Heartbreak
Put Yourself in My Place
I Could Make You Mine
This Empty Place
Please Make Him Love Me
Walk on By
Close to You
The Last One to Be Loved
You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
A House Is Not a Home
Reach Out for Me

Produced the song "Unlucky" for Dionne Warwick.

1965

Arranged and conducted Marlene Dietrich's single "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?/Blowin' in the Wind."

The single "Trains and Boats and Planes" by Burt Bacharach charted in Ireland. Its highest peak position was #8 on July 3, 1965.

Produced, arranged and conducted "So Long Johnny" by Jackie DeShannon.

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Don't Say I Didn't Tell You So
Only the Strong, Only the Brave
Unchained Melody
Who Can I Turn To
How Many Days of Sadness
Is There Another Way to Love You
Where Can I Go Without You
You Can Have Him
Wives and Lovers
Forever My Love
That's Not the Answer
Are You There (With Another Girl)
If I Ever Make You Cry

Her album was Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick.

Arranged and conducted his Hit Maker! album.

Composed the score for the motion picture "What's New Pussycat."

1966

Arranged, conducted and produced "Come and Get Me" and "Windows and Doors" for Jackie DeShanon

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Another Night
In Between the Heartaches
Here I Am
If I Ever Make You Cry
Lookin' With My Eyes
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Window Wishing
Long Day, Short Night
Are You There (With Another Girl) How Can I Hurt You
Go With Love
What the World Needs Now Is Love
I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
Here, Where There is Love
Trains and Boats and Planes
Alfie
As Long As He Needs Me
I Wish You Love
(I Never Knew) What You Were Up To
Blowing in the Wind

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Once In a Lifetime
This Little Light
I Love You Porgy
I Love Paris
I'm Your Puppet
C'est Si Bon
Message to Michael
A House Is Not a Home
Walk on By
Oh, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
The Good Life
La Vie en Rose
You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart
What I'd Say

Composed and conducted the score for the film "After the Fox."

Arranged, conducted, played piano on Cilla Black's version of "Alfie."

1967

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Alfie
As Long As There's an Apple Tree
I Say a Little Prayer
Walk, Little Dolly
The Beginning of Loneliness
Another Night
The Windows of the World
Always Something There to Remind Me
Somewhere
You're Gonna Hear From Me
Love
What's Good About Goodbye

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Summertime
You'll Never Walk Alone
My Favorite Things
Something Wonderful
One Hand, One Heart (With These Hands)
The Way You Look Tonight
He Loves Me
I Believe in You
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Dedicato All'Amore

Her albums were Here Where This Love and On Stage and in the Movies.

Arranged, conducted and produced his first album for A&M Records, Reach Out.

Composed and conducted the Casino Royale soundtrack.

1968

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Promises, Promises
This Girl's in Love with You
Who Is Gonna Love Me
Whoever You Are, I Love You
As Long As There's an Apple Tree
Let Me Be Lonely
Where Would I Go
Walking Backwards Down the Road

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Little Green Apples
Where Is Love
Where Am I Going
Lonely in My Heart
Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Wanting Things
Up, Up and Away
You're My World
Valley of the Dolls Theme
For the Rest of My Life

Her albums were Promises, Promises and Valley of the Dolls.

Arranged the single "This Guy's in Love with You" by Herb Alpert.
Arranged, conducted and produced Jackie DeShannon's "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

1969

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:>
The April Fools
Odds and Ends

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
People Got to Be Free
You're All I Need to Get By
Dream Sweet Dreamer

Arranged, conducted and produced his second album for A&M Records, Make It Easy on Yourself.

Composed, arranged and conducted the soundtrack for Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. He also arranged and produced the single of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" by B. J. Thomas.

1970

Produced and arranged "Everybody's Out of Town" and "Send My Picture to Scramton PA" by B. J. Thomas.

Arranged, conducted and produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Check Out Time
The Green Grass Starts to Grow
They Don't Give Medals to Yesterday's Heroes
Walk the Way You Talk
Make It Easy on Yourself
Paper Mache
The Wine Is Young

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
The Wine Is Young
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets
Something
Paper Mache
Knowing When to Leave
Let Me Go to Him
Didn't We
My Way
We've Only Just Begun
Here's That Rainy Day

Her album was Very Dionne.

1971

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
He's Moving On (Theme from The Love Machine)
Amanda

Produced, arranged, conducted and played piano on his self-titled A&M album.

Performed on Delaney & Bonnie's Genesis album on "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

1972

Arranged, conducted and produced I Just Have to Breathe, The Balance of Nature, If You Never Say Goodbye and Be Aware for Dionne Warwick.

Produced these songs for Dionne Warwick:
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Somebody Bigger Than You and I
Grace
People Get Ready
Steal Away
Jesus Will
Summertime
You'll Never Walk Alone
Unchained Melody
Reach Out and Touch/All Kinds of People
Macarthur Park
To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Give a Damn
This Little Light
Slaves
People Got to Be Free
The Love of My Man
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Hurts So Bad
The Weight
Our Ages or Our Hearts
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Someday We'll Be Together
We Can Work It Out
If You Let Me Make Love to You Then Why Can't I Touch You
I'm Your Puppet
Stand
Games People Play
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
You're All I Need to Get By
Everyday People
Close to You
My First Night Alone Withoug You
Love Song
One Less Bell to Answer
If We Only Have Love
Hasbrook Heights

Her album was titled Dionne.

1973

Composed, orchestrated and conducted the soundtrack for the motion picture "Lost Horizon."

Produced, arranged, conducted and played the piano on his Living Together album.

Arranged the strings for "I Might Frighten Her Away" for the album You Smile--the Song Begins by Herb Alpert and the T.J.B.

1974

Arranged, conducted, played the piano and produced his Burt Bacharach in Concert album for A&M Records.

Arranged and produced "Seconds" with Gladys Knight and the Pips for their I Feel a Song album.

1976

Produced Stephanie Mills' For the First Time album. The album consisted of ten Bacharach songs.

1977

Bacharach composed, arranged, played keyboards and produced his Futures album. He also recorded the Self-Portrait interview album for radio to promote Futures.

1979

Arranged and conducted Woman, the live album with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Produced, orchestrated and conducted the soundtrack for Together?.

1980

Arranged horns, strings and played keyboards for The Pointer Sisters "The Love Too Good to Last" and "Where Did the Time Go" for their Speical Things album.

1981

Arranged and conducted "Easy to Love" with Carole Bayer Sager. Brooks Arthur co-produced the recording and composed, produced, and played piano on the Sometimes Late at Night album by Carole Bayer Sager.

Composed, arranged, played keyboards, produced the Arthur soundtrack.

1982

Produced Stephen Bishop's "It's Only Love" with Bishop and Carole Bayer Sager.

Produced the Night Shift soundtrack with Carole Bayer Sager.

Arranged, conducted and played piano on Neil Diamond's Heartlight album with six songs that Bacharach co-wrote with Diamond and Carole Bayer Sager.

1983

Produced "Blame It on Me" and "Maybe" on the Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack album Born to Love.

1984

Produced tracks on the latest Dionne Warwick album. It was their first collaboration since 1972.

Arranged and played piano on "Turn Around," "Sleep with Me Tonight" and "Crazy" on Neil Diamond's Primitive album.

1985

Produced Dionne Warwick's "Finder of Lost Loves," "Stronger Than Before," "Stay Devoted," "How Long?" and "Extravagant Gestures" with Carole Bayer Sager.

Arranged and produced Dionne and Friends "That's What Love Is For" with Carole Bayer Sager.

1986

Produced Kenny Roger's "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" with Carole Bayer Sager.

Produced, arranged and played synthesizer on "I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)" and "Me Beside You" on Neil Diamond's Headed for the Future album.

Produced "On My Own" by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald and "Sleep with Me Tonight" by Patti LaBelle.

1987

Produced Dionne Warwick's "Love Power," "In a World Such As This," and "Heartbreak of Love" with Carole Bayer Sager. Burt also played the synthesizer on these tracks from Reservations for Two..

Produced and played synthesizer on "Split Decision" by Natalie Cole on her Everlasting album.

1988

Produced, arranged the strings and played synthesizer on "Overnight Success" and "Love Is Fire (Love Is Ice)" by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Produced, arranged, played keyboards on the Arthur 2 On the Rocks soundtrack.

Produced and arranged "Love Light," and "One More Time Around" and played piano "You and Me For Always" on Barbra Streisand's Till I Loved You.

1989

Produced "Need a Little Faith" by Patti LaBelle on her Be Yourself album.

1991

Played piano on "Close to You" from Barbra Streisand's Just for the Record. The recording was actually done in the 1970s but not released until this box set.

Produced and arranged "Hang Your Teardrops Up to Dry" on The Stylistics Love Talk album.

Produced "Ever Changing Times" and "Someone Else's Eyes" on Aretha Franklin's What You See Is What You Sweat.

1993

Produced and arranged "Sunny Weather Lover" by Dionne Warwick from the album of the same name.

1996

Produced and performed "God Give Me Strength" with Elvis Costello for the motion picture soundtrack of Grace of My Heart.

1997

With The Posies, performed "What the World Needs Now Is Love" on the Austin Powers International Man of Mystery soundtrack.

1998

Produced, played piano and sang "Alfie" on One Amazing Night.

Composed, arranged, conducted, played piano and produced Painted from Memory album with Elvis Costello. The album was released on September 29, 1998. It peaked on Billboard's album chart at #78.

1999

Composed, orchestrated, played keyboards, conducted and produced the soundtrack for Isn't She Great.

With Elvis Costello, produced and performed "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" on the Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack.

Produced and played piano on Dave Koz's "Don't Give Up" track from The Dance.

2003

Co-produced, arranged, conducted Here I Am: Isley Meets Bacharach album released on November 11, 2003.

2005

Composed, arranged, wrote lyrics, played keyboards and produced At This Time album released November 1, 2005

2008

Produced, played piano, conducted, sang on Burt Bacharach Live at the Sydney Opera House.

2011

Produced, conducted, played keyboards, the Ronan Keating album When Ronan Met Burt released on March 31, 2011.

2013

British 6-CD box set "The Best of Burt Bacharach Anyone Who Had a Heart." On May 28, the U.S. 2-CD set of the same title was released.

Burt Bacharach's memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music released on May 7.

In June PBS debuted "Burt Bacharach's Best" as part of its My Music series. the 90-minute television show was a series of video clips of Bacharach and other artists performing his songs.

BURT BACHARACH CONCERTS & SETLISTS

BURT BACHARACH CONCERTS 1980 - TODAY

Following is a partial list of Burt Bacharach's concerts since he left A&M Records. You may sort it by date, location or venue by clicking on the column heading.

NOTE: The January-March 2010 concerts for Palm Beach and Australia were canceled and rescheduled for November. The New Zealand concerts were canceled indefinitely.

BURT BACHARACH SETLIST 1973

This setlist was performed at the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Fairgrounds in August 1973.

I Say a Little Prayer
One Less Bell to Answer
Walk On By
Come Touch the Sun
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
The Look of Love
Bond Street
This Guy's in Love with You
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
The World Is a Circle
Living Together, Growing Together
If I Could Go Back
Question Me An Answer
They Long to Be Close to You
Reach Out for Me
Alfie
What the World Needs Now Is Love
The World Is a Circle
Promises, Promises

BURT BACHARACH & DIONNE WARWICK SETLIST 1987

From the second concert Bacharach and Warwick ever performed together at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Virginia.

MEDLEY: Wishing and Hoping
       You'll Never Get to Heaven
       Reach Out for Me
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       They Long to Be Close to You
       I'll Never Fall in Love Again
       Always Something There to Remind Me
       One Less Bell to Answer
       Anyone Who Had a Heart

MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Finders of Lost Loves
This Girl's in Love with You
Make It Easy on Yourself
Deja Vu
Any Day Now On My Own
Then Came You
Heartlight
I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again
New York Lady

MEDLEY: Here I Am
       The April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       Valley of the Dolls
       The Look of Love
       A House Is Not a Home
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Alfie

BURT BACHARACH & DIONNE WARWICK CONCERT SETLIST 1991

That's What Friends Are For
Promises, Promises
Don't Make Me Over
Walk on By
I Say a Little Prayer
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
They Long to Be Close to You
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Always Something There to Remind Me
One Less Bell to Answer
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Finders of Lost Loves
This Girl's in Love with You
Make It Easy on Yourself
Any Day Now
On My Own
I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again
Here I Am
The April Fools
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
Arthur's Theme
What's New Pussycat?
New York Lady
Valley of the Dolls
The Look of Love
A House Is Not a Home
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Alfie
The Windows of the World
That's What Friends Are For

BURT BACHARACH CONCERT SETLISTS 2004

What the World Needs Now Is Love
MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       Reach Out for Me
       This Guy's in Love with You
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa
       Wishin' and Hopin'
       Always Something There to Remind Me
One Less Bell to Answer
You'll Never Get to Heaven
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Bond Street
Message to Michael
MEDLEY: Blue on Blue
       Only Love Can Break a Heart
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Anyone Who Had a Heart
MEDLEY: Magic Moments
       Story of My Life
       The Blob
       Tower of Strength
God Give Me Strength
They Long to Be Close To You
MEDLEY: The Look of Love
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
       The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
       Making Love
       Wives and Lovers
       Alfie
       A House is Not a Home
That's What Friends Are For
Windows of the World
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

BURT BACHARACH CONCERT SETLISTS 2008

What the World Needs Now Is Love
Walk on By
This Guy's in Love with You
I Say a Little Prayer
Trains and Boats and Planes
Wishin' and Hopin'
Always Something There to Remind Me
One Less Bell to Answer
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Only Love
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Stop
Are You Falling Out of Love?
God Give Me Strength
Magic Moments
Who Are These People?
They Long to Be Close to You
For the Children
The Look of Love
Arthur's Theme
What's New Pussycat?
The April Fools
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Making Love
Alfie
Who'll Speak for Love?
That's What Friends Are For
Any Day Now
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       This Guy's in Love with You
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       Wishin' and Hopin'
       Always Something There to Remind Me
MEDLEY: One Less Bell to Answer
       I'll Never Fall in Love Again
       Only Love Can Break a Heart
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Anyone Who Had a Heart
God Give Me Strength
MEDLEY: Magic Moments
       The Story of My Life
       The Blob
       Tower of Strength

Go Ask Shakespeare
In Our Time
They Long to Be Close to You
For the Children
Falling Out of Love
Who'll Speak for Love
MEDLEY: The Look of Love
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       The World Is a Circle
       The April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
       The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
       Making Love
       Wives and Lovers
       Alfie
       A House Is Not a Home
That's What Friends Are For
Any Day Now
What the World Needs Now Is Love

 

What the World Needs Now Is Love
MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       This Guy's in Love with You
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       Wishin' and Hopin'
       Always Something There to Remind Me
New York Lady
MEDLEY: One Less Bell to Answer
       I'll Never Fall in Love Again
       Only Love Can Break a Heart
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Make It Easy on Yourself
They Long to Be Close to You
Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa
Baby, It's You
MEDLEY: The Look of Love
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       The World Is a Circle
       April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
       The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
       Alfie
       A House Is Not a Home
MEDLEY: Any Day Now
       Magic Moments
       The Story of My Life
       The Blob
       Tower of Strength
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

BURT BACHARACH CONCERT SETLIST 2009

What the World Needs Now Is Love
MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       This Guy's in Love with You
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       Wishin' and Hopin'
       Always Something There to Remind Me
MEDLEY: One Less Bell to Answer
       I'll Never Fall in Love Again
       Only Love Can Break a Heart
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose
MEDLEY: Magic Moments
       The Story of My Life
       The Blob
       Tower of Strength
Anyone Who Had a Heart
Make It Easy on Yourself
On My Own
Go Ask Shakespeare
God Give Me Strength
They Long to Be Close to You
MEDLEY: The Look of Love
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       The World Is a Circle
       The April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
       The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
       Making Love
       Wives and Lovers
       Alfie
Baby It's You
A House Is Not a Home
Any Day Now
That's What Friends Are For
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

BURT BACHARACH CONCERT SETLIST 2014

What the World Needs Now Is Love
MEDLEY: Don't Make Me Over
       Walk on By
       This Guy's in Love with You
       I Say a Little Prayer
       Trains and Boats and Planes
       Wishin' and Hopin'
       Always Something There to Remind Me
MEDLEY: One Less Bell to Answer
       I'll Never Fall in Love Again
       Only Love Can Break a Heart
       Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Anyone Who Had a Heart
I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
Waiting for Charlie to Come Home
My Little Red Book
MEDLEY: Magic Moments
       The Story of My Life
       The Blob
       Tower of Strength
They Long to Be Close to You
Make It Easy on Yourself
On My Own
MEDLEY: The Look of Love
       Arthur's Theme
       What's New Pussycat?
       The World Is a Circle
       The April Fools
       Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
       The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
       Making Love
       Wives and Lovers
       Alfie
       A House Is Not a Home
Every Other Hour
Hush
Any Day Now
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

BURT BACHARACH AND MARLENE DIETRICH

From 1957 to 1967, Bacharach worked with Marlene Dietrich as her arranger and conductor on recordings and on tour. He also played the piano for her in concert and worked with her on her vocal delivery.

The following table lists all of the songs Burt arranged, conducted and recorded Dietrich.
You can sort the table by clicking on any column heading.

BURT BACHARACH ON MUSIC

THE SONG

A song is a very compact form--probably the most compact form. It's supposed to create an emotional response from a listener in two to three minutes time, an emotional response that people can identify with. My idea was always to search for a new way, a fresh way of portraying the emotion. I've always thought of myself more as someone who writes from an emotional point of view rather than a cerebral one.--Bacharach and David, Almo Publications 1978

[A great song is] something that doesn't wear me out, doesn't beat me up. So it's not, you listen four or five times and you love it, and then you say, 'OK, enough with that.' If I get tired of it quicker than I should, I have to rethink it.--At 79, Bacharach Proves He's Got Staying Power. Stewart Oksenhorn. Aspen Times Weely. December 22, 2007.

I never intended to appear introspective. But then, I've never been a consistent writer of up tempo songs. I kind of veer toward ballads and melody. I'm seldom totally positive. Maybe that's because 'she loves you' or 'I'm so happy' don't make for such good songs.--Bacharach to the Future. Paul Lester. Melody Maker. October 21, 1995.

I don't look too much into my life for stuff. They're just melodic fragments. The autobiographical references are irrelevant. They're reflections, generalizations, not specific. I'm like a sponge. I absorb things.... When I'm really moved by something, by a beautiful view, I put that response into the melody. But that's it.--Bacharach to the Future. Paul Lester. Melody Maker. October 21, 1995.

You can't start out to write a song that will 'resonate the heart'. As a composer the style that's attracted me means you won't see a lot of uptempo tunes. Many of the songs are ballads. I think they're the things I can touch, or want to touch. I've always tried to create in a song form which will translate into a record. Making it like a four-minute movie with highs and lows.--Q&A. Select Magazine March 1996

SONG WRITING

The best way, for me [to write a song], always is to get away from the piano, sit in a place and hear it in my head. And that's where everything gets born.--NPR, July 3, 2008

People will tell me a song sounds great even if it's only mediocre. In the end you have to rely on your own ear. If something isn't right I know it and I have to start again. (B. Bacharach Is Hoping for First Oscar. Linda Deutsch. Associated Press, April 1, 1968.)

It's very hard for me to sit down and, as I'm writing at the piano, perceive this as a full song, knowing whether it's good or not good. It goes by in inches. If you get away from the piano and hear the melodic contour as well as the harmonisation in your head, you're hearing a long vertical line. I like to take a long look at the song.--Do You Know the Way to Monterey? Santa Fe? Whitley Bay?... Mojo Magazine. March 1996

I do that when I'm orchestrating too. I have to have a long-range picture of he whole scope of a piece. I get a sense of balance that I couldn't get if I was sitting at the piano. Your hands tend to go places because they've been there before. You'll write what your hands can play instead of what an orchestration can play.--Do You Know the Way to Monterey? Santa Fe? Whitley Bay?... Mojo Magazine. March 1996

What does happen with me is that I tinker, I fiddle, I've never had a song come to me fully formed in a blinding flash of inspiration. If it comes too easy I don't think it's any good. So I turn it upside down and look at it in the middle of the night. It's a short form, three and a half minutes, so everything counts. You can get away with murder in a forty-minute piece but not in three and a half. Some songs, you know, they beat you up. Too notey, too wordy, too much. You think, I don't wanna hear that again in a hurry.--See You Later, Elevator! Q. July 1996

TIME SIGNATURES

Occasionally there would be 'complaints.' With 'What's New, Pussycat?' someone said, 'This is in 3/4,' it's a waltz, how is somebody in a disco in Paris going to dance to this?' I said, 'They'll find a way. It feels right the way it is. They'll find a way to move to it.' You can't think about things like that. I never bothered counting the bars, about seeing whether or not there were eight bars in the first section. Sometimes there'd be nine bars, sometimes twelve. I never paid any attention. I never paid any attention to a changed time signature. I think it was Dionne who told me the turn-around bar on 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' was in 7/8. She counted it out, and I couldn't believe it. It wasn't intentional, that's just the way it came out.

Those things never bothered me. They bothered some people. An A&R man in the early days might say, 'Here's a three-bar phrase instead of a four-bar phrase, and it really makes me uncomfortable. If you'll make it a four-bar phrase l'll record the song, but the way it is now I won't.' And I did that a couple of times, and I ruined a couple of good songs.--Bacharach and David, Almo Publications 1978

ARRANGEMENTS

I started writing my own orchestrations as a kind of self-defense. No matter how good the words or the melody of a song, it has got to be showcased properly.--Hits. Lillian Ross. The New Yorker, September 14, 1968.

When any instrumentalist would have a singular statement to make on a record, I'd write a lyric underneath. It might be words that made no sense at all, but it would help them speak through their instrument. There are certain things that can't really be notated in orchestration. It's maybe two eighth notes, a 16th note and another eighth note, and that's the way it should be notated, but that's not the way it totally feels. But if you put words with it, or even vowel sounds, it does make a difference.--Do You KNow the Way to Monterey? Santa Fe? Whitley Bay?... Mojo Magazine. March 1996

STUDIO MAGIC

You need that certain magic to happen at a recording session. Much of the feeling of a record—my records—comes from the rhythm section.--Hits. Lillian Ross. The New Yorker, September 14, 1968.

PRODUCING RECORDS

I did it [produce records] out of total self-defense. I saw a lot of songs get distorted, butchered, or changed, and I had to make compromises to people who had the power to let an artist record my songs.--Billboard August 16, 1986.

BACHARACH ALBUMS

I would only sing part of a song. I was afraid to do more. Then the girls would sing the rest. Or I wouldn't have a whole instrumental. If there were key lines I'd use vocal dramatically. Or maybe an English horn, which I'd try to use as judiciously as possible. Then maybe two flugelhorns. There's only so much expression you're going to get out of a lead instrument, so I would try and keep it interesting.--Props for Burt Bacharach. Skip Heller. Pulse Magazine. October 1995.

THE AUDIENCE

The biggest thrill for me is being able to make a dent, even a small one, in somebody's life. The reward is when someone tells you one of your songs means something special to them. It might be the memory of a good time, or a love affair, or when their baby was born.--Billboard Jul 25, 1970

I found out doing concerts that you have to be very careful, when you have so much known material, [about] how much new material you can get away with--and where you can get away with it.--Billboard May 3, 2000

SONG PHOTOS

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