Carole Bayer Sager

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Carole Bayer Sager
Carole Bayer Sager HWOF Dec 2012.jpg
Carole Bayer Sager, 2012
Born Carole Bayer
(1947-03-08) March 8, 1947 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
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 March 8, 1947) is an American lyricist, singer, songwriter and painter.

Early life and career[edit]

Sager was born in New York City to Anita and Eli Bayer.[1] 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.[2] 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 career as a singer, including her 1977 Australia number one single "You're Moving Out Today".


Sager's first recording as a singer was the 1977 album Carole Bayer Sager, which included "You're Moving Out Today", a song which she co-wrote with Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts.[3] (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 the single "Stronger Than Before", later recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan.


Carole had many hits during the seventies. With Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon, she wrote the lyrics for They're Playing Our Song which was loosely based on her relationship with Mr. Hamlisch. The musical ran for over three years on Broadway. Many of Sager's 1980s songs were co-written with her former husband, the composer Burt Bacharach.[4] She executive-produced the eponymous solo album for June Pointer, of 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). She 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.

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 popularized in a 1986 cover version 1986 by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John. Her song with David Foster, "The Prayer" originally recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, won the Golden Globe and is one of few songs to be sung at weddings and funerals alike.


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. Her third show "New Works" ran from Sept-November at William Turner Gallery in Los Angeles.


Sager has served for the last five years as a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She serves on the advisory board of DonorsChoose, which she and her husband Bob Daly brought to Los Angeles. She created a series of PSAs to promote the organization, with animations voiced by Bette Midler, Claire Danes, Sydney Poitier, and Morgan Freeman.

Personal life[edit]

She married record-producer Andrew Sager in 1970 and they divorced in 1977.[5] Sager was involved in a romantic relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch in the late 1970s.[5] 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)

Selected songs[edit]

Works for stage[edit]


  1. ^ "Deaths: Bayer, Anita Nathan". The New York Times. March 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Carole Bayer Sager's Novel Technique"; Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 29 October 1985. Retrieved 22 June 2012
  3. ^ "You're Moving Our Today"; Retrieved 22 June 2012
  4. ^ "Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager"; The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver B.C.), 7 June 1984. Retrieved 22 June 2012
  5. ^ a b Terry, Clifford (October 20, 1985). "Singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager Makes Career Change". Chicago Tribune. 
  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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