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Burt Bacharach

The wizard of pop.  From “Raindrops” to “Walk On By.” Burt Bacharach joins us with his new memoir of a life in music.

U.S. pianist , composer and music producer Burt Bacharach performs during a concert at the Arena Civica in Milan, Italy, Wedneday, July 6, 2011. (AP)

U.S. pianist , composer and music producer Burt Bacharach performs during a concert at the Arena Civica in Milan, Italy, Wedneday, July 6, 2011. (AP)

There was a time in America – and a long time, in the 1960’s and ‘70s – when the soundtrack of American life seemed to be owned for millions by one man.  Composer Burt Bacharach.

His songs – “What the World Needs Now,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “The Look of Love,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” “Alfie,” “Walk On By,” “Promises Promises” – and many, many more just took over the airwaves.  73 top 40 hits.  Now he’s telling his story.

This hour, On Point:  pop music wizard, Burt Bacharach.

- Tom Ashbrook

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Burt Bacharach, composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist. Winner of a Grammy award, three Academy Awards, and two Golden Globes. His new memoir is “Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life And Music.”

From Tom’s Reading List

Smashing Interviews Magazine: Burt Bacharach Interview — “Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music was released May 7, 2013. This memoir offers a candid backstage look at show business as well as the personal struggles of this iconic artist whose songs have been recorded by some of the most influential singers of the 20th century. He steps out from behind the music to give an honest, engaging look at his life from his work with Hal David, Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello and many others to his tumultuous marriages and the devastating fate of his beloved daughter (who committed suicide in 2007 at age 40).”

The Washington Times: Top 10 Burt Bacharach Songs — “Musician and composer Burt Bacharach celebrates his 85th birthday on May 12. Best known for his partnership with lyricist Hal David, the duo produced many hits from the 1950s onward, particularly with singer Dionne Warwick. The List this week looks at the top 10 tunes composed by Mr. Bacharach.”

Noise11: Chuck Lorre To Work With Burt Bacharach And Elvis Costello On Musical — “Producer Chuck Lorre, the creator of ‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Mike and Molly’ is working on a musical with Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. In 1998 Bacharach and Costello released their album ‘Painted From Memory’. The idea for the album germinated when the unlikely musical collaborators worked together on the song ‘God Give Me Strength’ for the 1996 movie ‘Grace Of My Heart’.”

Excerpt: ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ by Burt Bacharach

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