Burt Bacharach was one of the most prominent and celebrated pop songwriters in the ’50s through the ’80s; he wrote numerous songs for some of the biggest artists during those decades.
He was the genius behind “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” and more.
According to the Washington Post, Bacharach died of natural causes in his Los Angeles home. He was 94.
His representative, Tina Brausam, however, did not disclose the cause of death.
Several artists came forward to pay tribute to the fallen songwriter and composer, reports say.
Dionne Warwick, one of Bacharach’s frequent collaborators, wrote: Burt’s transition is like losing a family member. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family letting them know he is now peacefully resting and I too will miss him.”
One of the ’60s most iconic artists, Biran Wilson of the Beach Boys also honored Bacharach: “I’m so sad to hear about Burt Bacharach. Burt was a hero of mine and very influential in my work. He was a giant in the music business. His songs will live forever.”
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Burt Bacharach: A Pop Songwriting Powerhouse
According to CNN, Bacharach’s music was able to adapt to whichever decade he was writing in, especially since he was most active during the years music was progressive and genres shifted every so often.
This can be seen in his works for various artists like Neil Diamond’s “Heartlight,” “Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald’s “On My Own,” Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For,” The Carpenters’ “Close to You,” and more.
His success in music was forever cemented in music history, as he has won several awards and accolades for his work.
He won three Oscar Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and six Grammy Awarrds.
At one point of his career, BBC noted, he was considered as the “greatest living composer, and in 2008, he was honored with the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Perhaps one of the giveaways that a song was composed and written by Bacharach is the melody.
In an interview, he explained how his tutor Darius Milhaud inspired him, “His observation was: Never be ashamed of something that’s melodic, one could whistle,
That was a valuable lesson I learned from him. Never forgot that one. Never be afraid of something that you can whistle.”
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