Carole Bayer Sager

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Carole Bayer Sager
Born Carole Bayer
March 8, 1947 (1947-03-08) (age 67)
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

Carole Bayer Sager (born 8 March 1947[1]) is an American lyricist, singer, songwriter and painter.

Early life and career[edit]

Carole Bayer was born in New York City to parents Anita and Eli Bayer.[2] She graduated from New York University, where she majored in English, dramatic arts and speech. She had already 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.[3] 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.[citation needed]


Sager's first recording as a singer was the 1977 album Carole Bayer Sager, which included the #1 international single[citation needed] "You're Moving Out Today", a song which she co-wrote with Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts.[4] (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.[citation needed]


Many of Sager's 1980s songs were co-written with her former husband, the composer Burt Bacharach.[5] 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, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Donald Fagen, Steve Perry, Babyface, and Clint Eastwood (for the film True Crime).[citation needed] She executive-produced the eponymous solo album for June Pointer, member of the legendary pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters, in 1989.

Sager with Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann in December 2012

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.[citation needed]

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 songs, and it raised millions of dollars for research into the cause and treatment of AIDS.[citation needed]


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 Bergamot 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married record-producer Andrew Sager in 1970 and they divorced in 1978.[1] Sager was involved in a romantic relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch in the late 1970s.[1] In 1982 she married composer and pianist Burt Bacharach and in December 1985 they adopted an infant son, whom they named Cristopher[6] Elton Bacharach.[7] Bacharach and Sager divorced in 1991.[8]

Since June 1996, Sager has been married to Robert Daly,[9] 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.[6]


  • Carole Bayer Sager (Elektra, 1977)
  • ...Too (Elektra, 1978)
  • Sometimes Late At Night (Boardwalk, 1981)

Works for stage[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Terry, Clifford (October 20, 1985). "Singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager Makes Career Change". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ "Deaths: Bayer, Anita Nathan". The New York Times. March 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Carole Bayer Sager's Novel Technique"; Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 29 October 1985. Retrieved 22 June 2012
  4. ^ "You're Moving Our Today"; Retrieved 22 June 2012
  5. ^ "Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager"; The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver B.C.), 7 June 1984. Retrieved 22 June 2012
  6. ^ a b "About Carole Bayer Sager". Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Reinhold, Valerie J. (December 12, 1985). "Bouncing baby Bacharach". The Miami News. 
  8. ^ Heller Anderson, Susan (July 13, 1991). "Chronicle: Discord in the pop-music world". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Weddings of the Year: Carole Bayer Sager & Robert Daly (June 8, 1996)". People. February 10, 1997. 

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