During a 1972 ABC-TV special
|Birth name||Burt Freeman Bacharach|
May 12, 1928 |
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, pianist, singer, conductor|
Burt Freeman Bacharach (// BAK-ə-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for composing hundreds of popular hit songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by Hal David. Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists, and have become part of the Great American Songbook, along with those by composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Most of Bacharach & David hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but earlier associations (from 1957–63) saw the composing duo work with Marty Robbins, Perry Como, Gene McDaniels, and Jerry Butler. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B. J. Thomas, The Carpenters, among numerous other artists.
As of 2014[update], Bacharach had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits. Songs that he co-wrote which have topped the Billboard Top 100 include "The Look of Love" (1967), "This Guy's in Love with You" (1968), "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1969), "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970), "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (1981), "That's What Friends Are For" (1986) and "On My Own" (1986).
In 1997 he was the subject of a PBS "Great Performances" biography. And in recent years a number of tribute albums and concerts have helped introduce his music to younger audiences. Among them was a 2009 concert by Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis. In 2012 Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first time the honor has been given to a songwriting team. The ceremony was hosted by President Obama, and included a concert performed with various stars.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Beginning work as musician
- 3 Songwriting career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Honors and awards
- 6 Television and film appearances
- 7 Discography
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and education
Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City, graduating from Forest Hills High School in 1946. He is the son of Irma M. (née Freeman) and Mark Bertram "Bert" Bacharach, a well-known syndicated newspaper columnist, His mother was an amateur painter and songwriter, who was responsible for making Bacharach learn piano during his childhood. His family was Jewish, but he says that they didn't practice or give much attention to their religion. "But the kids I knew were Catholic," he adds. "I was Jewish but I didn't want anybody to know about it."
Bacharach showed a keen interest in jazz as a teenager, disliking his classical piano lessons, and often used a fake ID to gain admission into 52nd Street nightclubs. He got to hear bebop musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, whose style would later influence his songwriting.
Bacharach studied music (Bachelor of Music, 1948) at Montreal's McGill University, under Helmut Blume, at the Mannes School of Music, and at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito, California. During this period he studied a range of music, including jazz harmony, which has since been important to songs which are generally considered pop music. His composition teachers included Darius Milhaud, Henry Cowell, and Bohuslav Martinů. Bacharach cites Milhaud as his biggest influence, under whose guidance he wrote a "Sonatina for Violin, Oboe and Piano."
Beginning work as musician
Following his tour of duty in the United States Army, Bacharach spent the next three years as a pianist and conductor for popular singer Vic Damone. Damone recalls: "Burt was clearly bound to go out on his own. He was an exceptionally talented, classically trained pianist, with very clear ideas on the musicality of songs, how they should be played, and what they should sound like. I appreciated his musical gifts." He later worked in similar capacity for various other singers, including Polly Bergen, Steve Lawrence, the Ames Brothers and Paula Stewart (who became his first wife). When he was unable to find better jobs, Bacharach worked at resorts in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where he accompanied singers such as Joel Grey.
In 1956, at age 28, Bacharach's productivity increased when composer Peter Matz recommended him to Marlene Dietrich, who needed an arranger and conductor for her nightclub shows. He then became part-time music director for Dietrich, a German actress and singer who had been an international screen star in the 1930s. They toured worldwide off and on until the early 1960s; when they weren't touring, he wrote songs. As a result of his collaboration with Dietrich, he gained his first major recognition as a conductor and arranger.
In her autobiography, she remembered that Bacharach loved touring in Russia and Poland because the violinists were "extraordinary," and musicians were greatly appreciated by the public. He liked Edinburgh and Paris, along with the Scandinavian countries, and "he also felt at home in Israel," she says, where music was similarly "much revered."
By the early 1960s, after about five years with Dietrich, he wanted to devote his full time to songwriting. But by then she had come to rely on him in order to perform. She wrote about his leaving in her memoirs:
From that fateful day on, I have worked like a robot, trying to recapture the wonderful woman he helped make out of me. I even succeeded in this effort for years, because I always thought of him, always longed for him, always looked for him in the wings, and always fought against self-pity...He had become so indispensable to me that, without him, I no longer took much joy in singing. When he left me, I felt like giving everything up. I had lost my director, my support, my teacher, my maestro.
1950s and 1960s
In 1957, Bacharach and lyricist Hal David met while at the Brill Building (which Bacharach described as a "music factory") in New York City, and began their writing partnership. They received a career breakthrough when their song "The Story of My Life" was recorded by Marty Robbins, becoming a number 1 hit on the U.S. in 1957.
Soon afterwards, "Magic Moments" was recorded by Perry Como for RCA Records, and reached number 4 U.S. These two songs were back-to-back No. 1 singles in the UK, giving Bacharach and David the honor of being the first songwriters to have written consecutive No. 1 UK singles.
Bacharach and David formed a writing partnership in 1963. And Bacharach's career received a boost when singer Jerry Butler asked to record "Make it Easy on Yourself," and wanted him to direct the recording sessions. It became the first time he managed the entire recording process for one of his own songs.
In the early and mid-1960s, Bacharach wrote well over a hundred songs with David. In 1961 Bacharach discovered singer Dionne Warwick while she was a session accompanist. After agreeing to work with him, she made her professional recording debut and later that year had her first hit, "Don't Make Me Over".
Bacharach and David then wrote more songs to make use of her powerful singing talents, which led to one of the most successful teams in popular music history. Over the next 20 years, her recordings of his songs sold over 12 million copies,:23 with 38 singles making the charts and 22 in the Top 40. Among the hits were "Walk on By", "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Alfie," "Say a Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" She would eventually have more hits during her career than any other female vocalist except Aretha Franklin.
Bacharach released his first solo album in 1965 on the Liberty Records label. "Hit Maker! Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits" was largely ignored in the US but rose to #3 on the UK album charts, where his version of "Trains and Boats and Planes" had become a top 5 single. In 1967, Bacharach signed as an artist with A&M Records, recording a mix of new material and re-arrangements of his best-known songs. He recorded for A&M until 1978.
Other singers of Bacharach songs in the '60s and '70s included Bobby Vinton ("Blue on Blue"); Dusty Springfield ("The Look of Love"; Cilla Black, the Delfonics, and Cher ("Alfie" - originally recorded by Cilla Black); The Shirelles, The Beatles ("Baby, It's You"); The Carpenters ("(They Long to Be) Close to You"); Aretha Franklin ("I Say a Little Prayer"); Isaac Hayes ("Walk on By"); B. J. Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", "Everybody's Out of Town"); Tom Jones ("What's New Pussycat?"); Engelbert Humperdinck ("I'm a Better Man"); Sandie Shaw ("Always Something There to Remind Me"); Jack Jones ("Wives and Lovers"); Jackie DeShannon ("What the World Needs Now Is Love"); Gene Pitney ("Only Love Can Break a Heart)", "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance"; Herb Alpert, ("This Guy's in Love with You"); Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 ("The Look of Love"); The Stylistics, ("You'll Never Get To Heaven If you Break My Heart"); Jerry Butler, the Walker Brothers ("Make It Easy on Yourself"); and the Fifth Dimension ("One Less Bell to Answer").
Although Bacharach's compositions are typically more complex than the average pop song, he has expressed surprise in the fact that many jazz musicians have sought much inspiration from his works, saying "I've sometimes felt that my songs are restrictive for a jazz artist. I was excited when [Stan] Getz did a whole album of my music (What The World Needs Now: Stan Getz Plays The Burt Bacharach Songbook, Verve, 1968).
His songs were adapted by jazz artists of the time, such as Stan Getz, Cal Tjader and Wes Montgomery. The Bacharach/David composition "My Little Red Book", originally recorded by Manfred Mann for the film What's New Pussycat?, has become a rock standard.
Bacharach composed and arranged the soundtrack of the 1967 film Casino Royale, which included "The Look of Love", performed by Dusty Springfield, and the title song, an instrumental Top 40 single for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Bacharach and David also collaborated with Broadway producer David Merrick on the 1968 musical Promises, Promises, which yielded two hits, including the title tune, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again." Bacharach and David wrote the song when the producer realized the play urgently needed another one before its opening the next evening. Bacharach, who had just been released from the hospital after contracting pneumonia, was still sick, but worked with David's lyrics to write the song which was performed for the show's opening. It was later recorded by Dionne Warwick and was on the charts for several weeks.:28
The year 1969 marked, perhaps, the most successful Bacharach-David collaboration, the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", written for and prominently featured in the acclaimed film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The two were awarded a Grammy for Best Cast album of the year for "Promises, Promises" and the score was also nominated for a Tony award. There were other Oscar nominations for Best Song for "The Look Of Love", "What's New Pussycat" and "Alfie".
1970s and 1980s
Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bacharach continued to write and produce for artists, compose for stage, TV, and film, and release his own albums. He enjoyed a great deal of visibility in the public spotlight, appearing frequently on TV and performing live in concert. He starred in two televised musical extravaganzas: "An Evening with Burt Bacharach" and "Another Evening with Burt Bacharach," both broadcast nationally on NBC.:24 Newsweek magazine gave him a cover story entitled "The Music Man 1970."
In 1971 Barbra Streisand appeared on a "The Burt Bacharach Special," where they discussed their careers and favorite songs, followed by performing songs together. In 1973, Bacharach and David wrote the score for Lost Horizon, a musical version of the 1937 film. The remake was a critical and commercial disaster and a flurry of lawsuits resulted between the composer and the lyricist, as well as from Warwick. She reportedly felt abandoned when Bacharach and David refused to work together. Bacharach tried several solo projects (including the 1977 album Futures), but the projects failed to yield hits. He and David reunited briefly in 1975 to write and produce other records.
By the early 1980s, Bacharach's marriage to Angie Dickinson had ended, but a new partnership with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager proved rewarding, both commercially and personally. The two married and collaborated on several major hits during the decade, including "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross), co-written with Cross and Peter Allen; "Heartlight" (Neil Diamond); "Making Love" (Roberta Flack); "On My Own" (Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald.)
We realized we were more than just friends. We were family. Time has a way of giving people the opportunity to grow and understand...Working with Burt is not a bit different from how it used to be. He expects me to deliver and I can. He knows what I'm going to do before I do it, and the same with me. That's how intertwined we've been.
Other artists continued to revive Bacharach's earlier hits in the 1980s and 1990s. Examples included Luther Vandross' recording of "A House is Not a Home"; Naked Eyes' 1983 pop hit version of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me", and Ronnie Milsap's 1982 country version of "Any Day Now". Bacharach continued a concert career, appearing at auditoriums throughout the world, often with large orchestras. He occasionally joined Warwick for sold-out concerts in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York, where they performed at the Rainbow Room in 1996.
1990s and beyond
In 1990, Deacon Blue charted number 2 in the UK singles chart with an EP entitled "Four Bacharach & David Songs". In 1996, jazz pianist McCoy Tyner recorded an album of nine Bacharach standards. In 1998, Bacharach co-wrote and recorded a Grammy-winning album with Elvis Costello, Painted from Memory, on which the compositions began to take on the sound of his earlier work.
In 2006, he recorded a jazz album with Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis and the Metropole Orchestra called The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach Songbook). She performed a concert in 2009 dedicated entirely to his songs. Bacharach collaborated with Cathy Dennis in 2002 to write an original song for the Pop Idol winner Will Young.
In 2003, he teamed with legendary singer and songwriter Ronald Isley to release the album Here I Am, which revisited a number of his 1960s compositions in Isley's signature R&B style. Bacharach's 2005 solo album At This Time was a departure from past works in that Bacharach penned his own lyrics, some of which dealt with political themes. Guest stars on the album included Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, and hip-hop producer Dr. Dre.
In 2008, Bacharach opened the BBC Electric Proms at The Roundhouse in London, performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra accompanied by guest vocalists Adele, Beth Rowley and Jamie Cullum. The concert was a retrospective look back at his six-decade career. In early 2009, Bacharach worked with Italian soul singer Karima Ammar and produced her debut single Come In Ogni Ora, which became a #4 hit.
In June, 2015, Bacharach performed at the Glastonbury Festival UK, and a few weeks later appeared on stage at the Menier Chocolate Factory to launch 'What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined', a 90-minute live arrangement of his greatest hits. In his five-star review, Michael Coveney of Whatsonstage.com called it "Supremely theatrical, musically enthralling and the best sort of tribute show to a legend in his own lifetime, the inimitable Burt Bacharach, master magician of Motown, lyrical pop and beautiful ballad."
Film and television
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Bacharach was featured in a dozen TV musical and variety specials videotaped in the UK for ITC, several were nominated for Emmy awards for direction (by Dwight Hemion). The guests included artists such as Joel Grey, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, and Barbra Streisand. Bacharach and David did the score for an original musical for ABC-TV titled On the Flip Side, broadcast on ABC Stage 67, starring Ricky Nelson as a faded pop star trying for a comeback. While the ratings were dismal, the soundtrack showcased Bacharach's abilities to try different kinds of musical styles, ranging from (almost) 1960s rock, to pop, ballads, and Latin-tinged dance numbers.
In 1969, Harry Betts arranged Bacharach's instrumental composition "Nikki" (named for Bacharach's daughter) into a new theme for the ABC Movie of the Week, a TV series which ran on the U.S. network until 1976.
During the 1970s, Bacharach and then-wife Angie Dickinson appeared in several TV commercials for Martini & Rossi beverages, and even penned a short jingle ("Say Yes") for the spots. Bacharach also occasionally appeared on TV/variety shows, such as The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and many others.
Bacharach appeared as a celebrity performer and guest vocal coach for contestants on the television show, "American Idol" during the 2006 season, during which an entire episode was dedicated to his music. In 2008, Bacharach featured in the BBC Electric Proms at The Roundhouse with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He performed similar shows in the same year at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and with the Sydney Symphony.
Bacharach's music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, with striking syncopated rhythmic patterns, irregular phrasing, frequent modulation, and odd, changing meters. He arranged, conducted, and produced much of his recorded output.
When performing in front of live audiences, he would often conduct while playing piano. During a televised performance on The Hollywood Palace in 1970, he played piano standing up and conducted at the same time.
His selection of instruments were uncommon for small orchestras, and included flugelhorns, bossa nova sidesticks, breezy flutes, molto fortissimo strings and cooing female voices. It led to what became known as the "Bacharach Sound."
An example of his distinctive use of changing meter is found in "Promises, Promises" (from his score for the musical of the same name). His style is sometimes also associated with particular instrumental combinations he is assumed to favor or to have favored, including the prominent use of the flugelhorn in such works as "Walk on By", "Nikki", and "Toledo". He explains:
I didn't want to make the songs the same way as they'd been done, so I'd split vocals and instrumentals and try to make it interesting...For me, it's about the peaks and valleys of where a record can take you. You can tell a story and be able to be explosive one minute then get quiet as kind of a satisfying resolution.
He was less secure about singing, however. While he didn't mind singing during live performances, he tried to mostly avoid it on records. And when he did sing, he explains, "I try to sing the songs not as a singer, but just interpreting it as a composer and interpreting a great lyric that Hal [David] wrote."
Bacharach has been married four times. His first marriage was to Paula Stewart and lasted five years (1953–58). His second marriage was to actress Angie Dickinson, lasting for 15 years (1965–80). Bacharach and Dickinson had a daughter, Nikki Bacharach, who struggled with psychological problems related to Asperger Syndrome; she committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 40.
His third marriage was to lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, which lasted nine years (1982–91). Bacharach and Bayer Sager collaborated on a number of musical pieces and adopted a son, Cristopher. Bacharach married his current wife, Jane Hansen, in 1993; they have two children, a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Raleigh. His autobiography, Anyone Who Had a Heart, was published in 2013.
Honors and awards
- 1969, Academy Awards and a Grammy award, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), where "Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head".
- 1997, Trustees Award from NARAS on the Grammy Awards broadcast.
- 1997, subject of a PBS "Great Performances" biography, "Burt Bacharach: This is Now,".
- 1998, Grammy Award for the single "I Still Have That Other Girl," in collaboration with Elvis Costello.
- 2000, People magazine named him one of the "Sexiest Men Alive", and one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1999.
- 2001, Polar Music Prize, presented in Stockholm by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
- 2002, National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) New York Heroes Award.
- 2005, GQ Magazine Inspiration Award.
- 2006, George and Ira Gershwin Award for Musical Achievement from UCLA.
- 2006, Thornton Legacy Award, USC; They also created the Burt Bacharach Music Scholarship at the Thornton School to support outstanding young musicians.
- 2008, Lifetime Achievement Award, when he was proclaimed music’s "Greatest Living Composer."
- 2009, Bacharach received an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. The award was presented to him during the Great American Songbook concert, which paid tribute to his music.
- 2011, Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, with Hal David, awarded by the Library of Congress.
Television and film appearances
- Analyze This
- An Evening with Marlene Dietrich
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- Austin Powers in Goldmember
- Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song
- The Nanny
- Hit Maker!: Burt Bacharach plays the Burt Bacharach Hits (1965)
- What's New Pussycat? (Film Soundtrack) (1965)
- After the Fox (Film Soundtrack) (1966)
- Reach Out (1967)
- Casino Royale (Film Soundtrack) (1967)
- On the Flip Side (Television Soundtrack) (1967)
- Make It Easy on Yourself (1969)
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Film Soundtrack) (1969)
- Promises, Promises (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (1969)
- Burt Bacharach (1971)
- Lost Horizon (Film Soundtrack) (1973)
- Burt Bacharach in Concert (1974)
- Living Together (1973)
- Futures (1977)
- Woman (1979)
- Arthur (Film Soundtrack) (1981)
- Night Shift (Film Soundtrack) (1982)
- Arthur 2: On the Rocks (Film Soundtrack) (1988)
- One Amazing Night (1998)
- Painted from Memory with Elvis Costello (1998)
- The Best of Burt Bacharach (Millennium Collection) 20th Century Masters (1999)
- The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection [3-Disc Compilation] (2001)
- Motown Salutes Bacharach [Compilation] (2002)
- Isley Meets Bacharach: Here I Am with Ronald Isley (2003)*
- Blue Note Plays Burt Bacharach [Compilation] (2004)
- At This Time (2005)
- The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook [2-Disc Compilation] (2006)
- Burt Bacharach & Friends Gold [2-Disc Compilation] (2006)
- Colour Collection [Compilation] (2007)
- Marlene Dietrich with the Burt Bacharach Orchestra (2007)
- Burt Bacharach: Live at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2008)
- Magic Moments: The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection [3-Disc Compilation] (2008)
- Anyone Who Had A Heart - The Art Of The Songwriter [6-Disc Compilation] (2013)
- "The Story of My Life" (Marty Robbins, U.S. no. 15, C&W no. 1, 1957 – his first hit; Michael Holliday, UK 1, 1958; Gary Miller, UK 14, 1958; Dave King, UK 20, 1958; Alma Cogan, UK 25, 1958);
- "Magic Moments" (Perry Como, U.S. 4, UK 1, 1957/1958);
- "The Blob" (The Five Blobs, U.S. 33, 1958, from the film The Blob - written with Mack David, brother of Hal);
- "Heavenly" (Johnny Mathis, 1959);
- "Faithfully" (Johnny Mathis, 1959);
- "With Open Arms" (Jane Morgan, U.S. 39, 1959);
- "Tower of Strength" (Gloria Lynne, 1961; Gene McDaniels U.S. 5, 1961; Frankie Vaughan, UK 1, 1961);
- "Another Tear Falls" (Gene McDaniels, 1961; The Walker Brothers, UK 12, 1966);
- "Baby It's You" (The Shirelles, U.S. 8, 1962; The Beatles, 1963; Smith, U.S. 5, 1969);
- "Please Stay" (The Drifters, U.S. 14, 1961; The Cryin' Shames, UK 26, 1966; Marc Almond, 2001);
- "Any Day Now" (Chuck Jackson, U.S. 23, 1962; Elvis Presley, 1969; Ronnie Milsap, U.S. 14, 1982);
- "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" (Gene Pitney, U.S. 4, 1962);
- "Only Love Can Break a Heart" (Gene Pitney, U.S. 2, 1962);
- "Don't Make Me Over" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 21, 1962; The Swinging Blue Jeans, UK 31, 1966; Petula Clark, 1976; Jennifer Warnes, U.S. 67, 1979; Sybil, U.S. 20, U.S. R&B 2, UK 19, 1989);
- "This Empty Place" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 84, 1962)
- "Make It Easy on Yourself" (Dionne Warwick, demo, 1962, released 1963; Cilla Black released April 1966 Jerry Butler, U.S. 20, 1962; The Walker Brothers, U.S. 16, UK 1, 1965; Dionne Warwick, live from Garden State Arts Center, U.S. 37, 1970);
- "Don't You Believe It" (Andy Williams, U.S. 39, 1962);
- "Keep Away From Other Girls" (Helen Shapiro, UK 40, 1962);
- "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa" (Gene Pitney, U.S. 17, UK 5, 1963);
- "Be True to Yourself" (Bobby Vee, U.S. 34, 1963);
- "Blue on Blue" (Bobby Vinton, U.S. 3, 1963);
- "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 8, UK 42, 1963; Cilla Black, UK 1, 1964; Dusty Springfield, 1964; Tim Curry, 1978; Luther Vandross, 1986; Linda Ronstadt, 1991; Maureen McGovern, 1992; Olivia Newton-John, 2004; Shelby Lynne, 2007; Sheridan Smith, 2014
- "It's Love That Really Counts" (The Shirelles, 1962; Dionne Warwick, 1963; The Merseybeats, UK 24, 1963);
- "Blue Guitar" (Richard Chamberlain, U.S. 42, AC 12, 1963);
- "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (Richard Chamberlain, 1963; Dionne Warwick, 1964; Dusty Springfield, 1964; The Carpenters, U.S. 1, UK 6, 1970 (Grammy nominee, "Record of the Year"); Johnny Mathis, 1970;
- "True Love Never Runs Smooth" (Don and Juan, 1963; Gene Pitney, U.S. 21, 1963);
- "Wives and Lovers" (Jack Jones, U.S. 14, 1963); Grammy nominee, "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year");
- "Wishin' and Hopin' " (Dionne Warwick, 1963; Dusty Springfield, U.S. 6, 1964; The Merseybeats, UK 13, 1964; Ani DiFranco (on the My Best Friend's Wedding soundtrack), 1997; Stephanie McIntosh, 2006);
- "Saturday Sunshine" (Burt Bacharach, U.S. 93);
- "Walk On By" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 6, UK 8, 1964; Isaac Hayes, U.S. 30, 1969; Gloria Gaynor, 1975; The Stranglers, UK 21, 1978; Jo Jo Zep, 1983; Sybil, U.S. 74, U.S. R&B 3, UK 6, 1989; Gabrielle, UK 7, 1997; Seal, 2006);
- "Reach Out for Me" (Lou Johnson, 1964; Dionne Warwick, U.S. 20, Canada 12, UK 23, 1964; Olivia Newton-John, U.S. AC 32, 1990; Nancy Wilson, 1998);
- "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (Tommy Hunt, 1962; Dusty Springfield, UK 3, 1964; Dionne Warwick, U.S. 26, 1966; The White Stripes, 2003);
- "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (Lou Johnson, U.S. 49, 1964; Sandie Shaw, UK 1, U.S. 62, 1964; Dionne Warwick, 1967; R.B. Greaves, U.S. 27, 1970, Naked Eyes, U.S. 8, 1982);
- "A House Is Not a Home" (Brook Benton, U.S. Pop 75, AC 13, 1964; Dionne Warwick, 1964; Barbra Streisand, 1971; Luther Vandross, 1981);
- "A Message to Martha" (Lou Johnson, UK 36, 1964; Adam Faith, UK 12, 1964; Recorded as "Message to Michael" by Dionne Warwick, U.S. 8, 1966; Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó, 1970);
- "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 32, UK 12, Canada 23, 1964; The Stylistics, U.S. 23, 1973, UK 24 (EP), 1976);
- "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Jackie DeShannon, U.S. 7, 1965; Dionne Warwick, 1967; Daniel Johnston, 1988; Dionne Warwick and the Hip-Hop Nation United, 1998);
- "Long After Tonight Is All Over" (Jimmy Radcliffe, UK 40, 1965);
- "What's New Pussycat?" (Tom Jones, U.S. 3, UK 11, 1965, from the film What's New Pussycat?);
- Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, 1965;
- "Here I Am" (Dionne Warwick, from the film What's New Pussycat?, U.S. 65, AC 11, Canada 19, 1965);
- "Promise Her Anything" (Tom Jones, 1965, from the soundtrack of the film Promise Her Anything);
- "Trains and Boats and Planes" (Burt Bacharach, UK 4, 1965; Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, UK 12, 1965; Dionne Warwick, U.S. 22, 1966; Anita Harris, 1967; Dwight Yoakam, 1983);
- "My Little Red Book" (Manfred Mann and Tony Middleton, 1965; Love, 1966);
- "A Lifetime of Loneliness" (Jackie DeShannon, U.S. 66, 1965);
- "London Life" (Anita Harris, 1965);
- "Are You There (With Another Girl)" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 39, 1966);
- "Come and Get Me" (Jackie DeShannon, 1966);
- "Alfie" (Cilla Black, U.S. 95, UK 8, 1966; Cher, U.S. 32, 1966; Dionne Warwick, U.S. 15, R&B 5, 1967; originally from the film Alfie; nominated for the Academy Award for "Best Original Song", 1966; won Bacharach a Grammy for instrumental arrangement in 1967; Everything But The Girl, 1986; Rumer, 2010);
- "After the Fox" (Peter Sellers & The Hollies, 1966);
- "Windows and Doors" (Jackie DeShannon, 1966);
- "So Long Johnny" (Jackie DeShannon, 1966);
- "The Windows of the World" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 32, 1967; The Pretenders, 1988);
- "I Say a Little Prayer" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 4, 1967; Aretha Franklin, U.S. 10, UK 4, 1968; Diana King, 1997);
- "The Look of Love" (Dusty Springfield, U.S. 22, 1967, from the soundtrack of the film Casino Royale; Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66, U.S. 4, 1968; Roger Williams, 1969; Gladys Knight & the Pips, UK 21, 1973; nominated for the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in 1967);
- "Casino Royale" (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, U.S. 27, UK 27, 1967);
- "One Less Bell to Answer" (Keely Smith, 1967; The 5th Dimension, U.S. 2, 1970; Burt Bacharach, 1971; Dionne Warwick, 1971);
- "This Guy's in Love with You" (Herb Alpert, U.S. 1 (4 weeks), UK 3, 1968; Dusty Springfield, 1968; Dionne Warwick, U.S. 7, 1969);
- This song was also recorded much later by Oasis' Noel Gallagher in tribute to Bacharach on his 70th Birthday. According to Robin Platts' book What The World Needs Now the song was not written with Alpert, a non-singer with limited range, in mind, but was altered to suit him. Originally written as "This Girl's in Love With You" and recorded with that title by Dionne Warwick).
- "Do You Know the Way to San José?" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 10, UK 8, 1968); [The Supremes & The Temptations], (1968); [Frankie Goes to Hollywood as San Jose (The Way) ], (1984);
- "Promises, Promises" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 19, 1968; Jill O'Hara, 1968. Her version was released prior to the opening of the musical Promises, Promises and the release of the Broadway cast album. Bacharach recorded Dionne's version to help the cast learn the difficult tune. The B side of Warwick's single was another Bacharach/David tune from the show "Whoever You Are (I Love You)"; the Broadway cast album won Bacharach a Grammy in 1969);
- "The April Fools" (Dionne Warwick, from the film The April Fools, U.S. 37, AC 8, Canada 32, 1969);
- "I'm a Better Man (For Having Loved You)" (Engelbert Humperdinck U.S. 38, UK 15, 1969);
- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (B.J. Thomas, from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, U.S. 1, 1969, UK 38, 1970; Sacha Distel, UK 10, 1970; Bobbie Gentry, UK 40, 1970; Johnny Mathis, 1970. Won the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in 1969. The film score by Bacharach won the Academy Awards and Grammy for "Original Score". Grammy nominee for "Song of the Year");
- "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Bobbie Gentry, UK 1, 1969; Burt Bacharach U.S. 93, 1969; Dionne Warwick U.S. 6, 1970; The Carpenters, 1970; Anne Murray, 1971; Deacon Blue, UK 2, 1990. It was originally from the musical Promises, Promises; Grammy nominee for the "Song of the Year" (Bacharach competed against himself in this category));
- "Everybody's Out of Town" (B. J. Thomas, U.S. 26, 1970);
- "Let Me Go to Him" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 32, AC 5, Canada 30, 1970);
- "Paper Mache" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 43, AC 6, 1970);
- "The Green Grass Starts to Grow" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 43, AC 2, Canada 35, 1971);
- "Who Gets the Guy" (Dionne Warwick, U.S. 57, R&B 41, AC 6, 1971);
- "Living Together, Growing Together" (The 5th Dimension, U.S. 32, AC 5, 1973);
- "Stronger Than Before" (Carole Bayer Sager, U.S. 30, 1981; Chaka Khan, 1984);
- "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross, from the film Arthur, U.S. 1, UK 7, 1981; won the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in 1981; Grammy nominee for "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year");
- "Heartlight" (Neil Diamond, U.S. 5, AC 1, UK 47, 1982);
- "Front Page Story" (Neil Diamond, U.S. 65, AC 5, 1982);
- "Always Something There To Remind Me" (Naked Eyes, U.S. 8, Australia 7, Canada 9, New Zealand 2, 1983) certified Gold;
- "That's What Friends Are For" (1982) This song was originally written for the film Night Shift and performed on the soundtrack by Rod Stewart. In 1986, a version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John became the Billboard's no. 1 song of the year, raising millions for AIDS charities. The song also won the Grammy for "Song of the Year" and was a Grammy nominee for "Record of the Year". In the United Kingdom it charted at no. 16;
- "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" (Kenny Rogers, U.S. Country 53, Canada Country 10, 1985);
- "On My Own" (Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, U.S. 1, UK 2, 1986);
- "Everchanging Times" (Siedah Garrett, from the film Baby Boom, 1987; Aretha Franklin with Michael McDonald, U.S. R&B 19, AC 11, 1992);
- "Love Power" (Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne, U.S. 12, AC 1, 1987).
- Marlene Dietrich (1968): concert — music arranger and conductor
- Promises, Promises (1968): musical — composer (Tony Nomination for Best Musical)
- André DeShield's Haarlem Nocturne (1984): revue — featured songwriter
- The Look of Love (2003): revue — composer
- The Boy from Oz (2003): musical — additional composer
- As arranger, conductor
- For Marlene Dietrich:
- As composer
- For SMAP:
- Super.Modern.Artistic.Performance (2008 – song: Life Walker)
- For Shiina Ringo:
- 'Performed live in Rising Sun Rock Fest (2008 – song: It Was You)
- Tribute albums
- Jazz musician John Zorn produced a 2-CD set of Bacharach tunes (1997), featuring several avantgarde musicians, as part of his Great Jewish Music series.
- Marie McAuliffe's Ark Sextet released the Bacharach tribute album "Refractions" in 1998. McAuliffe had been featured on John Zorn's tribute album.
- To Hal and Bacharach is a 1998 tribute album with 18 tunes, performed by notable Australian artists.
- Michael Ball recorded the album Back to Bacharach in 2007
- The Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps' 2011 show The Beat My Heart Skipped was a tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach.
- What the World Needs Now: Big Deal Recording Artists Perform the Songs of Burt Bacharach
- That's New Pussycat!: Surf Tribute to Burt Bacharach (2001)
- All Kinds of People: Love Burt Bacharach (2010) is a tribute album produced by Jim O'Rourke, featuring covers from Haruomi Hosono and Thurston Moore amongst others.
- This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook), to be released in October 2016 by Anglo-Pakistani singer-songwriter Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce).
- "Burt Bacharach interview: what was it all about?", The Telegraph U.K., June 1, 2013
- Dusty Springfield singing "A House Is Not A Home"
- "Burt Bacharach: A House Is Not A Homepage". Bacharachonline.com. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "This is Now" television special, 1997
- Trijntje Oosterhuis concert, "Best Of Burt Bacharach", 2009
- "Hal David, Burt Bacharach honored in D.C. with Gershwin Prize". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2012.
- Burt Bacharach and Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
- "Burt Bacharach Biography (1928?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Pennsylvania Biographical Dictionary - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Bacharach, Burt. Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, HarperCollins (2013) ebook Chapter 1, "The Story of My Life"
- "Burt Bacharach: Blue Bacharach". Jazz Times. December 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Written, Narrated and Produced by John Gilliland; Chester Coleman, Associate Producer (February 1969). "Show 24: The Music Men-Part 2". John Gilliland's The Pop Chronicles. Pasadena, CA: UNT Digital Library. KRLA. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Damone, Vic. Singing Was the Easy Part, Macmillan (2009) ebook
- "Burt Bacharach: A Composer Steps Onstage with Shower of Swinging, Successful Melodies", Chicago Tribune, June 14, 1970
- Dietrich, Marlend. Marlene, Grove Press (1989) ebook
- "Bachrach recalls Dietrich," 'Independent Press-Telegram, (Long Beach, CA), March 14, 1971, p. 90
- "Burt Bacharach is a direct line to a lost musical world", New Statesman, July 18, 2013
- "Burt Bacharach at 88: 'Why would I ever want to stop?'", The Telegraph U.K., June 10, 2016
- "Press Raps With Marlene While She Raps the Press,", The Star Press (Muncie, IN), Jan. 12, 1973 p. 22
- photo of Bacharach and Dietrich in Israel, 1960
- "Burt Bacharach remembers Hal David". Los Angeles Times. September 3, 2012.
- Marty Robbins sings "Story Of My Life", 1957
- Perry Como sings "Magic Moments"
- Dave Simpson. "Burt Bacharach: Marlene Dietrich's music sucked! But I liked her | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
- "Dionne Warwick: dizzying downfall of a bankrupt diva", The Telegraph U.K., March 30, 2013
- Dionne Warwick singing "Don't Make Me Over"
- The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection-Liner Notes (Audio CD), Rhino/WEA, November 3, 1998
- Lohof, Bruce. American Commonplace: Essays on the Popular Culture of the United States, Popular Press (1982)
- Dionne Warwick singing "Walk On By"
- "I'll never fall in love again" - Dionne Warwick
- The Shirelles - "Baby It's You"
- The Carpenters, Live in Concert 1972 "The Songs of Burt Bacharach" (Medley)
- The Carpenters, Bacharach Medley, Live At The BBC 1971
- Isaac Hayes - "Walk on By" TV performance in 1969
- The 5th Dimension singing "One Less Bell To Answer", 1970
- Robin Platts (2003). Burt Bacharach & Hal David: What the World Needs Now. Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-896522-77-7.
- Dusty Springfield singing "Look of Love"
- Reed, Rex. "Special TV Specials: An Evening with Doris Day and Burt Bacharach," Chicago Tribune, March 14, 1971
- Newsweek cover, June 22, 1970
- "Burt Bacharach, Barbra Streisand appear tonight, Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, WI), March 14, 1971
- Burt Bacharach with Barbra Streisand, 1971
- Christopher Cross singing "Arthur's Theme" ("Best that you can do")
- Photo of Bacharach and Sager after they won the Oscar in 1982 for best song, "Arthur's Theme" for the film Arthur
- Neil Diamond singing "Heartlight"
- Photo of Neil Diamond with Sager and Bacharach in 1987
- Dionne Warwick, "That's What Friends Are For"
- "Two for the Show: Their musical falling-out long behind them, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach prove that staying apart is hard to do," The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), Jan. 13, 1997
- Luther VanDross singing "A House is not a Home"
- Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach: Live at The Rainbow Room (1996)
- PlatoMania.nl Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined (Menier Chocolate Factory)".
- "BBC Electric Proms 2008". BBC. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "Close To You: Burt Bacharach In Concert". npr.org. July 3, 2008. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition, Canongate Books (2003) p. 165
- Musiker, Naomi, and Musiker, Reuben. Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music, Routledge (1998) ebook
- Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson co-hosting The Hollywood Palace in 1970
- Gavin Martin (October 17, 2008). "Burt Bacharach – Meet the maestro". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- "Oldies but goodies: PBS documentary looks at Burt Bacharach and those melodies that still sound so good", Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1997
- Official Press Biography
- "Burt Bacharach, Hal David Named Recipients of Fourth Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song", Library of Congress, Sept. 28, 2011
- "Burt Bacharach: Class Act", Berklee College of Music
- A Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David: Concert at The White House
- "Promises, Promises- Opening Night Production Credits". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- "Jim O'Rourke - All Kinds Of People: Love Burt Bacharach".