Burt Bacharach

Songwriter, Composer, Producer
Following his discharge from the Army, Burt Bacharach first served as Vic Damone's accompanist before later working with such performers as the Ames Brothers, Imogene Coca, Joel Grey and Paula Stewart (his first wife) ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (149)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("I'll Never Fall In Love Again") (Song)

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

("I'll Never Fall In Love Again") (Song)

Horns 2014 (Movie)

("What The World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

("Any Day Now") (Song)

The Interview 2014 (Movie)

("Walk On By") (Song)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

("Don't Go Please Stay") (Song)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat?") (Song)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

"This Guy's In Love With You" (Song)

Arthur 2011 (Movie)

"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Song)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

"That's What Friends Are For" (Song)

From Paris With Love 2010 (Movie)

("(They Long To Be) Close To You") (Song)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

"What's New Pussy Cat?" (Song)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

("A House Is Not A Home") (Song)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Warning") (Song)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

"This Guy's In Love With You" (Song)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

("What The World Needs Now") (Song)

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

"Wishin' And Hopin'" (Song)

Open Season 2 2008 (Movie)

("(They Long To Be) Close To You") (Song)

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

("The Look Of Love" (Madison Park vs. Lenny B Remix)) (Song)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Baby It's You") (Song)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

Park 2007 (Movie)

"This Guy's In Love With You" (Song)

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

("Walk On By" (S&K Remix)) (Song)

Rocket Science 2007 (Movie)

("The Blob") (Song)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

("That's What Friends Are For") (Song)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

("(They Long to Be) Close to You") (Song)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

("Wives and Lovers") (Song)

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head") (Song)

Date Movie 2006 (Movie)

("I Say A Little Prayer") (Song)

Failure to Launch 2006 (Movie)

("This Guy's In Love With You") (Song)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat?") (Song)

Imagine Me & You 2006 (Movie)

("The Look Of Love") (Song)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

("One Less Bell To Answer") (Song)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

("Do You Know the Way to San Jose") (Song)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Song)

The Wedding Date 2005 (Movie)

("This Guy's in Love with You") (Song)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

("Wishin' And Hopin'") (Song)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

("Alfie") (Song)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head") (Song)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("What The World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now") (Song)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now") (Song Performer)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("The Look Of Love") (Song)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head") (Song)

Enough 2002 (Movie)

("This Guy's In Love With You") (Song)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Song)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

("Walk On By") (Song)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

("Heartlight") (Song)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

songs("I'm on My Way" "Open Your Heart") (Song)

Kevin and Perry Go Large 2000 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat?") (Song)

Ratcatcher 2000 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat") (Song)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

songs("Do What I Gotta Do (contains 'The Look of Love')" "The Look of Love") (Song)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

songs("Wishin' & Hopin'" "What's New Pussycat") (Song)

Heart 1999 (Movie)

songs("Sing Hosanna (traditional) "Anyone Who Had a Heart") (Song)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

("Baby It's You") (Song)

Strange Planet 1999 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

song producer("Walking Tall") (Song)

Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Song)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Song)

I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat") (Song)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat") (Song)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

("2Wicky") (Song)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") (Song)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

("(They Long to Be) Close to You") (Song)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

songs("Wishin' and Hopin'" "I Dont' Know What to Do With Myself" "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" "I Say a Little Prayer" "What the World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me") (Song)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

("This Guy's in Love with You") (Song)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

Derby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

songs("What the World Needs Now is Love" "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head") (Song)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

songs("The Look of Love" "Do You Know the Way To San Jose") (Song)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

("The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence") (Song)

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

("The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance") (Song)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

("I Say A Little Prayer") (Song)

That Night 1993 (Movie)

("Wives and Lovers") (Song)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Song)

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

("What's New Pussycat?") (Song)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Wives and Lovers") (Song)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Fallin' oa My Head") (Song)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

("Close to You") (Song)

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

songs("A House Is Not a Home" "I Say a Little Prayer For You" "This Guy's in Love With You" "The Look of Love") (Song)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

("This Guy's In Love With You") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("The Look of Love") (Song)

The Rachel Papers 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Rachel Papers 1989 (Movie)

("This Guy's in Love With You") (Song Performer)

1969 1988 (Movie)

("Windows of the World") (Song)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

song producer("Love Is My Decision (Theme from Arthur 2 on the Rocks)" "Close to You" "This Guy's in Love With You" "Wives and Lovers" "Heart Light") (Song)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Buster 1988 (Movie)

("I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/30/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

("Baby, It's You") (Song)

The Year My Voice Broke 1988 (Movie)

("Tower of Strength") (Song)

Baby Boom 1987 (Movie)

("Everchanging Times") (Song)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

("Alfie") (Music)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now Is Love") (Song)

A Letter to Brezhnev 1986 (Movie)

("Always Something There to Remind Me") (Music)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head") (Song)

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

("(They Long To Be) Close To You") (Music)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

("They Don't Make Them Like They Used To") (Music)

Finder of Lost Loves 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

("Close to You") (Song Performer)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

("Magic Moments") (Music)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

("Baby It's You" "Wives and Lovers") (Music)

Romantic Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("Maybe") (Song)

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") (Music)

Making Love 1982 (Movie)

("Making Love") (Song)

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

songs("Night Shift" "Girls Know How" "That's What Friends Are For" "The Love Too Good to Last") (Song)

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

("Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)") (Song)

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Middle Age Crazy 1980 (Movie)

songs("Where Did the Time Go" "Just Friends") (Song)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

("Wishin' & Hopin'") (Music)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

("Baby It's You") (Music)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

("I Say a Little Prayer") (Music)

Marlene Dietrich: I Wish You Love 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Something Big 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

("What the World Needs Now Is Love") (Music)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The April Fools 1969 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

On the Flip Side 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music

After the Fox 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Promise Her Anything 1966 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Alfie 1965 (Movie)

title song("Alfie") (Song)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

("Made in Paris") (Song)

What's New, Pussycat? 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Love in a Goldfish Bowl 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Country Music Holiday 1958 (Movie)

("Country Music Holiday") (Song)

The Blob 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Sad Sack 1957 (Movie)

title song (Song)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Song

Singing Positive (TV Show)

Song

The Trials of Ted Haggard (TV Show)

Composer
Actor (43)

The Road 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundstage 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Angie Dickinson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Definitely Dusty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Words and Music By Leiber & Stoller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Angie Dickinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhythm of Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burt Bacharach: This Is Now 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burt Bacharach Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach! 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach: Close To You 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burt Bacharach Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Movin' 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dionne Warwick Special 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Following his discharge from the Army, Burt Bacharach first served as Vic Damone's accompanist before later working with such performers as the Ames Brothers, Imogene Coca, Joel Grey and Paula Stewart (his first wife), but his career did not take off until he met lyricist Hal David one day in 1957 at the historic Brill Building in NYC. Within a year, the pair had their first Number 1 hit, the country tune "The Story of My Life" (1957), recorded by Marty Robbins, which they followed with Perry Como's "Magic Moments" (1958). Bacharach gained considerable attention touring Europe and America as musical director for Marlene Dietrich from 1958 to 1961 and then worked extensively with the Drifters, arranging horn and string parts and collaborating with lyricist Bob Hilliard on their 1961 singles "Mexican Divorce" and "Please Stay". After meeting a backup singer named Dionne Warwick, whose voice seemed particularly well-suited to his music, Bacharach began writing songs with David by day and recording them with Warwick until 2 AM. The Bacharach-David-Warwick triumvirate would go on to have 39 chart records in 10 years, beginning with "Don't Make Me Over", which climbed to Number 21 in 1962. Eight of them would make it into the Top 10, and though Warwick has sang Bacharach infrequently since the early 70s, she remains the chief interpreter of his work.

Relationships

Irma Bacharach

Mother

Bert Bacharach

Father

Jane Bacharach

Wife
born c. 1961 married c. 1991 mother of Oliver and Raleigh

Lea Bacharach

Daughter
born c. 1966 mother, Angie Dickinson suffered from Asperger's Disorder committed suicide January 4, 2007

Raleigh Bacharach

Daughter
born on December 19, 1995 mother, Jane Bacharach

Cristopher Bacharach

Son
born c. 1986 adopted with Carole Bayer Sager

Oliver Bacharach

Son
born on December 21, 1992 mother. Jane Bacharach

Angie Dickinson Actor

Wife
Married on May 15, 1965 Mother of Bacharach's daughter Nikki Separated in 1976 Divorced in 1980

Carole Sager

Wife
married on April 3, 1982 divorced c. 1991 co-won Best Song Oscar with Bacharach and others for "Arthur" (1981) co-won Grammy for "That's What Friends Are For" (1987) adopted son Cristopher with Bacharach

Paula Stewart

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec

New School of Social Research

New York , New York

Mannes College of Music

New York , New York

studied with Darius Milhaud

Mannes College of Music

New York , New York

studied with Bohuslav Martinu

Berkshire Music Center

Tanglewood , Massachusetts

Music Academy of the West

Santa Barbara , California
studied with Henry Cowell

Milestones

1999

Collaborated with Tim Rice on the song "Walking Tall" for the film "Stuart Little"

1998

A stage musical utilizing Bacharach-David songs, "What the World Needs Now", bowed at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre

1997

Appeared as himself in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"

1997

Five vintage Bacharach-David tunes brightened the film comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1996

Appeared at London's Royal Festival Hall, where Oasis' Noel Gallagher joined him to croon "This Guy's In Love with You"

1996

Co-wrote with Elvis Costello (via fax and answering machine) the show-stopping tune "God Give Me Strength" for Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", proving that his return was not just a rehabilitation of reputation but a creative renaissance as well

1993

Reunited with Warwick on the song "Sunny Weather Love", included on her album "Friends Can Be Lovers"

1985

Dionne (Warwick) and Friends score Number 1 hit with "That's What Friends Are For", earning him last Grammy to date; proceeds of the recording were donated to AIDS research

1982

Composed the music for Ron Howard's "Night Shift", which introduced "That's What Friends Are For" (co-written by Sager)

1981

Co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen and Christopher Cross the hit theme from the film "Arthur"; won third Oscar

1973

Burned out after rushing to finish the score of the musical film "Lost Horizon", retreated to beach house and reneged on a Warwick album, leading her and David to file lawsuits (eventually settled out of court)

1968

Had one of his biggest successes with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", written for the feature "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"; won first two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Original Song

1968

Composed score for Broadway musical, "Promises, Promises", which ran for three years and 1,281 performances

1965

First film as composer, "What's New, Pussycat?"; title song was a Top 5 hit for Tom Jones

1962

First hit with Warwick, "Don't Make Me Over", climbed to Number 21 on the charts

1961

Worked extensively with the Drifters, arranging horn and string parts and collaborating with lyricist Bob Hilliard on the group's singles "Mexican Divorce" and "Please Stay"

1961

Met a backup singer named Dionne Warwick, whose voice seemed well-suited to his material; Bacharach and David wrote songs by day and recorded them at night with her, resulting ultimately in eight Top 10 hits

1958

Perry Como scored a big hit with the Bacharach-David tune "Magic Moments"

1957

Met lyricist Hal David at NYC's Brill Building

1957

First film as composer of title (theme) song only, "The Sad Sack"

1957

First film credit, pre-composed song for "Lizzie"

1957

First Number 1 hit (with David), the country song "The Story of My Life", recorded by Marty Robbins

1955

Became a member of ASCAP

1952

Met Vic Damone and toured with him as accompanist following discharge from the military

1950

Served with US Army, playing piano at the officer's club on Governor's Island (NYC) and giving concerts at Fort Dix (New Jersey); also spent time overseas

Bacharach resurgence fueled by such notables as British superband Oasis (who put a picture of him on their 1994 mega-selling album "Definitely Maybe"), The Cranberries, REM's Michael Stipe and acid jazz masters Massive Attack

Raised in Forest Hills, Queens, New York

Gained considerable attention touring Europe and America as musical director for Marlene Dietrich

Bonus Trivia

.

He was named CUE Magazine's Entertainer of the Year (1969).

.

Bacharach and collaborator Hal David received the 1996 Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

SIMILAR ARTICLES