Carole Bayer Sager
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|Carole Bayer Sager|
March 8, 1947 (age 66)
New York City, New York
|Education||New York University|
|Occupation||singer, songwriter, painter|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Sager (m. 1970–1978)
Burt Bacharach (m. 1982–1991)
Robert A. Daly (m. 1996)
|Children||Cristopher Elton Bacharach|
Early life and career
Carole Bayer was born in New York City to parents Anita and Eli Bayer. She graduated from New York University, where she majored in English, dramatic arts and speech. She had already co-written her first pop hit, "A Groovy Kind of Love", with Toni Wine, while still a student at the New York City High School of Music and Art. It was recorded by the British invasion band The Mindbenders, whose version was a worldwide hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100. This song was later recorded by Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, and Phil Collins, whose rendition for the film Buster reached number one in 1988. She also had a minor career singing songs as well: her biggest hit was her 1977 single, "You're Moving Out Today" which reached #6 in the UK and #1 in Australia.
Sager's first recording as a singer was the 1977 album Carole Bayer Sager, which included the #1 international single "You're Moving Out Today", a song which she co-wrote with Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts. (Paul Buckmaster provided horn and string arrangements for the album.) The album went platinum in Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom. It was followed by ...Too in 1978 and a third and last album, co-produced by Burt Bacharach, entitled Sometimes Late at Night (1981), which included a top 30 hit single "Stronger Than Before", later recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan.
Many of Sager's 1980s songs were co-written with her former husband, the composer Burt Bacharach. She has also collaborated with Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Neil Diamond, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Masser, Peter Allen, Melissa Manchester, Sheena Easton, Bruce Roberts, Neil Sedaka, David Foster, Albert Hammond, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Donald Fagen, Steve Perry, Babyface, and Clint Eastwood (for the film True Crime). She executive-produced the eponymous solo album for June Pointer, member of the legendary pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters, in 1989.
Sager has won an Academy Award (out of six nominations), a Grammy Award (out of nine nominations), and two Golden Globes (out of seven nominations). Ms. Sager was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Sager won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1981 for Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), which was the theme song of the movie Arthur. She shared this Oscar with her co-writers Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, and Christopher Cross.
Sager received the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1987 for the song That's What Friends Are For, which she co-wrote with Bacharach. This song was originally written for the movie Night Shift (1982), and it was recorded for this movie by Rod Stewart. This song was also honored for its cover version in 1986 by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John. This one became a number-one hit in Billboard magazine Hot 100 sonces, and it raised millions of dollars for research into the cause and treatment of AIDS.
Sager is also an artist. Her first solo art show was in March 2011 at the L.A. Arthouse in Los Angeles.Her second show ran for two months at the William Turner Gallery in Bergamont Station, Los Angeles, in 2012. Among her collectors are Elton John, Lynda Resnick, Michael Chow, Margaret Perenchio, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, David Geffen, Steve Martin, Robert Manoukian, Elaine Wynn, Nigel Lithgoe, and Barbara Walters. She is currently at work on her third show. In September 2012 Sager's artwork was featured in the first issue of DeJour Magazine, as well as in October's "W" Magazine and in The Huffington Post.
She married record-producer Andrew Sager in 1970 and they divorced in 1978. Sager was involved in a romantic relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch in the late 1970s. In 1982 she married composer and pianist Burt Bacharach and in December 1985 they adopted an infant son, whom they named Cristopher Elton Bacharach. Bacharach and Sager divorced in 1991. Since June 1996, Sager has been married to Robert Daly, former chairman of Warner Brothers and former chairman CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and currently chairman of the American Film Institute as well as an advisor to Brad Grey at Paramount Pictures (Viacom). Sager and her husband live in Los Angeles.
Sager and Daly co-chair the Los Angeles Advisory Board of DonorsChoose. In 2009, Sager joined the board of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and has recently created a 3D PSA airing in theaters to raise awareness of LACMA. The Urban Lights PSA in 3D received a Telly Award on June 23, 2011, for best 3D commercial or PSA. The piece was produced by Mob scene and directed by Brian Daly. Sager was executive producer.
In May 2006 she was honored at a lunch at NYU's Steinhardt School and later that evening received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University. She appeared on the January 24, 2007 episode of American Idol as a judge during the Manhattan auditions. In November 2010 she was honored by the City of Hope for her songwriting career.
- Carole Bayer Sager (Elektra, 1977)
- ...Too (Elektra, 1978)
- Sometimes Late At Night (Boardwalk, 1981)
- Peter Allen ("Fly Away" "Everything Old Is New Again", etc...)
- Bette Midler ("Blueberry Pie", "My One True Friend (Theme from One True Thing)", etc...)
- Melissa Manchester ("Midnight Blue", "Come In From The Rain", "Don't Cry Out Loud", "Theme from Ice Castles (Through the Eyes of Love)", etc..)
- Helen Reddy ("A Bit of OK", "Ah, My Sister", "Never Say Goodbye" (Theme form Continental Divide))
- Dolly Parton ("You're the Only One", "Heartbreaker", "The Day I Fall In Love" (Theme from Beethoven's 2nd))
- Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better (Theme from The Spy Who Loved Me)")
- Doobie Brothers ("How Do The Fools Survive")
- Dusty Springfield ("Dream On", "Home to Myself", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love", etc...)
- Elkie Brooks ("Don't Cry Out Loud")
- Rita Coolidge ("Fool That I Am (song from Coast to Coast)" "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love")
- Bernadette Peters ("Only Wounded", "Sweet Alibi")
- Barbra Streisand ("Niagara", "Love Light", "You and Me for Always", "One More Time Around")
- Liza Minnelli ("More Than I Like You", "Don't Cry Out Loud")
- Carole King ("Anyone At All (Theme from You've Got Mail)").
- Richard Marx ("Now and Forever").
- Rod Stewart ("That's What Friends Are For (closing theme from Night Shift)")
- Dionne & Friends (Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder) ("That's What Friends Are For")
- Dionne Warwick ("Extravagant Gestures" "Love Power" "Stronger Than Before", etc...)
- Diana Ross (It's My Turn, "Come in from the rain")
- Shirley Bassey ("Better Off Alone" etc...)
- Steve Perry ("I Stand Alone")
- Roberta Flack ("Maybe" Themes from Romantic Comedy and Making Love)
- Aretha Franklin ("Someone Else's Eyes", "Ever Changing Times")
- Randy Crawford ("One Hello (theme from I Ought to Be in Pictures)")
- Patti LaBelle ("On My Own", "Sleep With Me Tonight", "Need a Little Faith")
- Anita Baker ("When You Love Someone (Theme from Forget Paris)")
- Frank Sinatra ("You and Me (We Wanted It All)")
- Leo Sayer ("When I Need You")
- Neil Diamond ("Heartlight", "On The Way To The Sky", "Front Page Story","I'm Guilty", "Crazy", "Turn Around etc..)
- Christopher Cross ("Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (theme from Arthur))
- Kenny Rogers ("They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" (Theme from Tough Guys))
- Johnny Mathis ("Fly Away", "When I Need You", "Midnight Blue")
- Michael Jackson ("It's The Falling In Love", "You Are My Life", "We've Had Enough")
- Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli ("The Prayer" (Theme from Quest for Camelot))
- Josh Groban & Charlotte Church ("The Prayer")
- The Corrs ("I Never Loved You Anyway" and "Don't Say You Love Me")
- Diana Krall ("Why Should I Care" (from True Crime))
- Sheena Easton ("One Man" co-written with Sager)
- Brian Wilson ("She Says That She Needs Me")
- Charice ("All That I Need to Survive")
- Agnetha Faltskogback (Abba) "Past Forever"
Works for stage
- Georgy (1970) - musical - lyricist
- Dancin' (1978) - revue - featured lyricist for "If It Feels Good, Let It Ride" and "Easy"
- They're Playing Our Song (1979) - musical - lyricist
- Up in One (1979) - revue - featured songwriter
- The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979) - musical - featured songwriter
- Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (1987) - concert - featured songwriter
- The Boy from Oz (2003) - musical - featured songwriter with Peter Allen
- Terry, Clifford (October 20, 1985). "Singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager Makes Career Change". Chicago Tribune.
- "Deaths: Bayer, Anita Nathan". The New York Times. March 5, 2008.
- "Carole Bayer Sager's Novel Technique"; Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 29 October 1985. Retrieved 22 June 2012
- "You're Moving Our Today"; Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 22 June 2012
- "Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager"; The Sun (Vancouver B.C.), 7 June 1984. Retrieved 22 June 2012
- "About Carole Bayer Sager". CaroleBayerSager.com. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Reinhold, Valerie J. (December 12, 1985). "Bouncing baby Bacharach". The Miami News.
- Heller Anderson, Susan (July 13, 1991). "Chronicle: Discord in the pop-music world". The New York Times.
- "Weddings of the Year: Carole Bayer Sager & Robert Daly (June 8, 1996)". People. February 10, 1997.
- Official Website for Carole Bayer Sager
- Carole Bayer Sager at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Carole Bayer Sager at the Internet Movie Database
- Carole Bayer Sager at the Internet Broadway Database
- Audio interview with Carole Bayer Sager on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast