Burt Bacharach Dies at 94
Burt Bacharach — the legendary songwriter who wrote hits for Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Jackie DeShannon, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield and more — has died. He was 94.
Bacharach’s death was confirmed to the media by his publicist Tina Brausam. Bacharach died from natural causes in his home in Los Angeles.
Bacharach is responsible for writing or co-writing, often with lyricist Hal David, some of the most classic pop songs of all time. Bacharach and David met at the famous Brill Building in New York City in 1957. The Brill Building was a legendary location in the record industry that featured offices and studios where some of the biggest pop songs were written. Other songwriters that worked there were Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Laura Nyro, Neil Sedaka and many more.
Some of Bacharach and David’s collaborations include B.J Thomas’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Springfield’s “The Look of Love” and Jones’s “What’s New Pussycat?”
Bacharach and David’s biggest songs, however, were recorded by Warwick, whom Bacharach discovered. Those song include “Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose, “Promises, Promises” and more.