Biography of Burt Bacharach (1928-VVVV)

Musical author, arranger and producer American, born in Kansas City (United States) in May 1928, though based in New York. Famous for the quality of their subjects and the composition of numerous soundtracks, has been the most important composer of the second half of the 20th century. From Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin nobody has written more standards of success that Bacharach, first forming team with Hal David, and later with Carole Bayer Sager.

Son of a journalist, soon started playing in modest Jazz groups, at the same time that began studies of composition and music theory in 1952. Later, working as a pianist and later as an arranger of several interpreters, being his first job to highlight which took place as the musical director of Marlene Dietrich, who served from 1956 to 1958. In those days he/she met Hal David, born in 1921 in New York, who had already composed some minor before joining Bacharach hits, but none as the first of the duo: "The story of my life", sung by Marty Robbins in the United States and by Michael Holliday in the United Kingdom. This occurred in 1957 and, although they got some more success, not worked regularly until 1962, David building letters and Bacharach put melody.

Don´t make me over" laid the foundation stone to another union, that of the composer Duet with Dionne Warwick, union that would give up to 1970 more than twenty of the Top 40 for Warwick. These themes include classics of music history, as "Anyone who had a heart" (sung by Cilla Black in the United Kingdom) or "I say a little prayer". But also wrote songs for other performers, as Herb Alpert, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, or The Carpenters starting also to the year 1965 to compose music for films, with "What´s new pussycat", one of the first screenplays by Woody Allen.

In this last field, won an Oscar from the Academy in 1969 with another unforgettable theme: "Raindrops keep falling on my head", sung by B.J. Thomas and belonging to the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. By completion of a stage, in 1973, the duo separated, with legal problems of means. Later, Bacharach recorded their own songs, but without going to republish the successes of the past, although his career resurfaced with another theme I galardono with an Oscar, "Arthur´s Theme", in 1981, sung by Christopher Cross. The theme was co-written with which a year later would become his wife, Carole Bayer Sager.

Meanwhile Carol Bayer Sager born in 1946 in New York, was a composer of renown, especially from the second half of the 1960s, when his "Groovy kind of love" was a best-seller in the voices of the Mindbenders. His career as composer continued and, in 1977, he/she dared to launch their first album, and after his wedding with Bacharach, the couple has written and produced a couple of numbers one, like "That´s what friends are for" and "On my own", both in 1986. Since then its activity has been much more sporadic, also due to the age and his long career, but his work continues in full force, with a multitude of artists using their songs, especially in the second half of the 1990s, with the return of the easy-listenning and call the lounge music.

Perhaps due to the revival of this kind of music, in 1998 it joined forces to other illustrious music, Elvis Costello, to bring to market the album "Painted From Memory". God Give Me Strength is the advancement, also included in the original soundtrack of "Grace Of My Heart", a film which focuses on the world of music in the 1950s and 1960s in the United States. With Bacharach writing music and Elvis Costello taking charge of the letters, the result is simply wonderful.