Burt Bacharach

  • Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Composer, Pianist, Music producer
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Fast Facts

  • Moved as a child with his family to Queens, NY, and studied the cello, the drums and—at his mother's insistence—the piano, which he hated.
  • Used a fake ID to get into nightclubs to see Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker perform.
  • Served in the Army from 1950 to '52.
  • Toured with Marlene Dietrich as her arranger and accompanist from 1958 to '61.
  • The music he created with longtime writing partner Hal David, whom he met in 1957, was recorded by acts including the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, the Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, and their frequent collaborator Dionne Warwick.
  • The Bacharach-David musical Promises, Promises, an adaptation of playwright Neil Simon's The Apartment, made its Broadway debut in 1968.
  • The 1971 song "Nikki" was inspired by his oldest daughter's struggle with Asperger syndrome.
  • Enjoyed a fruitful partnership with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager (whom he married in 1982), collaborating on the songs "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," "On My Own" and "That's What Friends Are For," which was recorded to raise money for AIDS research.
  • A poster of Bacharach appeared on the cover of the band Oasis' debut album, Definitely Maybe.
  • Experienced a revival beginning in the 1990s, thanks in part to collaborations with younger artists, including Elvis Costello, Dr. Dre and Rufus Wainwright.
  • Is an owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.

Awards

  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1969, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Film Music: Nominee
  • 1971, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Winner
  • 1969, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score--for a motion picture [not a musical]): Winner
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1969, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Album: Winner
  • 1967, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical: Nominee
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album: Winner
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
  • 1986, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner

Relationships

  • Christopher Elton Bacharach — Son
  • Bert Bacharach — Father
  • Angie Dickinson — Ex-wife
  • Nikki Bacharach — Daughter
  • Jane Hansen — Wife
  • Paula Stewart — Ex-wife
  • Raleigh Bacharach — Daughter
  • Oliver Bacharach — Son
  • Carole Bayer Sager — Ex-wife
  • Irma Freeman — Mother

College

  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1948)
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