Burt Bacharach is one of the world's most acclaimed, award-winning composer/songwriters. His music is as diverse as his audiences, spanning generations and continents, as he is celebrated both as a pop culture icon and one of the world’s greatest contemporary composers.
Bacharach’s credits read like the world’s favorite radio station’s playlist: “Alfie,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “Close to You,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I'll Never Fall in Love Again,” “This Guy’s in Love With You,” “Walk on By,” “What the World Needs Now is Love” and “Wishin' and Hopin’” are among just the 48 Top 10 hits, including nine songs that went to #1.
Bacharach and Hal David were the recipients of the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The prize is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwin’s. Bacharach and David received the Library’s Gershwin Medal in May of 2012 at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C.
Bacharach’s memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart was released in May of 2013. For the first time in his long and astonishing career, Bacharach tells his story of love, heartbreak, success, failure and unbridled ambition. Anyone Who Had a Heart is named after one of many songs Bacharach and David wrote for Dionne Warwick. The memoir was published by HarperCollins.
Bacharach composed his first film score in 16 years for John Asher’s autism-based drama film Po. The film was released in April of 2016. Po tells the story of a recently widowed father struggling to raise his 10-year-old son who has autism.
Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined opened up to rave reviews at the West End Theatre London in October of 2015 and ran until February of 2016. Kyle Riabko’s interpretation musical celebrated the music of Burt Bacharach. The show garnered glowing reviews for Riabko’s fresh, imaginative take on Bacharach’s music. The cast album was released on June 24, 2016 by Ghostlight Records.
Eagle Rock Entertainment released a new concert special Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song on February 26, 2016. Filmed in 2015 at London’s Royal Festival Hall, this concert special celebrates the life and career of Burt Bacharach and was originally aired on the BBC. Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song combines live performances of classic Bacharach songs by a stellar line-up of artists along with an onstage conversation between Bacharach and Michael Grade, during which Bacharach discusses his life and the art of songwriting while sharing some of the stories behind his songs.
Bacharach’s latest album with Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating, When Ronan Met Burt, was released in March of 2011 and hit #3 in the UK charts. In January 2017 a new musical production of Bacharach and David’s hit Broadway musical Promises, Promises ran at the Southwark Playhouse in London.
Promises, Promises producers Katy Lipson and Ollie Rosenblatt presented an industry-only workshop reading of Some Lovers, a brand new Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater musical, in London at Southwark Playhouse on February 17, 2017. Some Lovers also headlined at the From Page to Stage Festival from August 24 to September 2, 2017.
A recipient of three Academy Awards® and eight Grammys® (including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), Burt Bacharach revolutionized the music of the 1950s and 60s. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he is the recipient of many other tributes received from top music industry institutions, governments, universities and charitable and philanthropic groups. From helping charitable organizations raise funds (“That’s What Friends are For”), to Broadway (Promises, Promises), movies (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to scores of new recordings of his songs each year, Bacharach’s music is always nearby.