Runaway Dinosaur

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Today We Celebrate the 80th Birthday of a Legend-Burt Bacharach

Posted by jhochstat on May 12, 2008

There are very few people in the music industry to whom the terms genius and legend apply unequivocally. One of those people most certainly is Mr. Burt Bacharach, who is celebrating his 80th birthday today.

Happy Birthday Burt!

What is so amazing about Burt Bacharach’s long and illustrious career is that there are so many songs that we all have come to know and love over the years and a good portion of them emanated from just one man. It is a rare day that somehow, somewhere, somebody does not hear a Burt Bacharch song.

This is just a brief list of songs performed by other artists that were written by Burt Bacharach:

The Beatles – Baby, It’s You
The Carpenters – (They Long to Be) Close to You
Aretha Franklin – Say A Little Prayer
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Tom Jones -What’s New, Pussycat
Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love
Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
Neil Diamond – Heartlight
Michael McDonald with Patti Labelle – On My Own
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & Elton John
Naked Eyes – (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me

Oh and to top it all off, what does he do in his late 70’s? He works with Dr. Dre!

Here is an amazing series of clips from PBS TV’s Great Performances in 1995 that show Burt’s entire career. It is just mind boggling the amount of artists he has worked with, the amount of songs he has written and the long lasting effect his songs have had on us for years and years. This is the story of a genius and a legend!

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 1

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 2

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 3

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 4

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 5

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 6

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 7

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 8

Burt Bacharach – Great Performances – Part 9

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