This Day in Music – 12th May

Born on this day in 1928, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, American songwriter, pianist and arranger Burt Bacharach.

With Hal David, Bacharach wrote many classic songs including, “Close To You”, “24 Hours From Tulsa”, “Make It Easy On Yourself”, “Magic Moments”, “I Say A Little Prayer”, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “Walk On By”, “Message to Michael”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “This Girl’s in Love with You” and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”.

Through his wife, screen star Angie Dickinson (whom he married in 1966 and divorced in 1980), Bacharach moved into film scores. His credits include the title song to Alfie, a hit for Cilla Black and Dionne Warwick, and film scores for What’s New, Pussycat?, (its title song was a Top 5 hit for Tom Jones in 1965), Casino Royale (which introduced “The Look of Love”) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which spawned the #1 hit “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and earned Bacharach a pair of Oscars.

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