Burt Bacharach bio
Burt Bacharach was raised in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, New York City, after being born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1928.
His father, Mark, was a syndicated newspaper columnist, and his mother, Irma, was a painter and songwriter.
Bacharach attended Forest Hills High School while he was a teenager. He studied classical piano but soon became dissatisfied and started playing jazz and bebop.
Bacharach pursued a musical education at McGill University in Montreal as well as at the Mannes School of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Montecito, California.
Bacharach worked as Vic Damone’s pianist and conductor for three years after he was discharged from the US Army. Later, he performed with artists including Paula Stewart, Polly Bergen, Steve Lawrence, and the Ames Brothers.
Bacharach was suggested to Marlene Dietrich, a Hollywood actress who needed a conductor and arranger for her nightclub performances, in 1956. He traveled the world on tour with Dietrich until the early 1960s.
From the late 1950s to the 1980s, Burt Bacharach collaborated often with lyricist Hal David on hundreds of pop songs.
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In the late 1950s, he started working with Hal David, and the two went on to form one of the greatest songwriting teams in music history. They produced numerous #1 singles, and their collaborations with the classically trained pop/R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick from the 1960s to the 1980s continue to be well-liked today.
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, (They Long to Be) Close to You, “I Say a Little Prayer,” “What the World Needs Now,” and “That’s What Friends Are For” are just a few of the popular songs he co-wrote. Bacharach won six Grammy Awards in addition to three Academy Awards.
Over 1,000 different performers have recorded his tracks. The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was awarded to Burt and Hal David by the Library of Congress in 2011.
Burt Bacharach wife: Jane Hansen, Angie Dickinson, Carole Bayer Sager and Paula Stewart
Bacharach wed Paula Stewart, an actress, as his first wife in 1953. In 1958, the couple got a divorce. Bacharach later married Angie Dickinson, an actress, with whom he had a daughter named Nikki. Nikki, who struggled with Asperger syndrome, committed herself in 2007. The couple separated in 1980. The lyricist Carole Bayer Sager was Bacharach’s third wife; they had a son named Christopher and were married for nine years until divorcing in 1991. Bacharach married Jane Hansen, with whom he had two children, Oliver and Raleigh, two years later.