Burt Bacharach dies aged 94

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Burt Bacharach, the legendary composer and pianist, at the age of 94. His publicist confirmed that he died surrounded by loved ones at home, and the family has requested privacy during this difficult time.

Bacharach, regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, wrote hundreds of classic pop songs including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Walk On By” in collaboration with his long-time lyricist, Hal David, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 91. Throughout his career, which spanned seven decades, he created hit songs for renowned artists such as Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Sir Tom Jones, and The Carpenters.

One of his most well-known collaborators was Springfield, with whom he produced a number of iconic songs including “The Look Of Love” and “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.” He also wrote “What’s New, Pussycat?” and “Promise Her Anything” for Sir Tom. His partnership with US singer Dionne Warwick was also fruitful, co-writing the 1985 hit “That’s What Friends Are For,” which featured Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight.

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Tributes have poured in from across the music industry, with Noel Gallagher sharing a photo of Bacharach on Instagram and saying, “RIP Maestro. It was a pleasure to have known you.” Oscar-winning songwriter Diane Warren referred to him as the “Beethoven” of the songwriting world. Dave Davies, co-founder and guitarist of The Kinks, also paid homage to him as a “great inspiration.” Ronan Keating of Boyzone spoke about the honor of recording the album “When Ronan Met Burt” with the late composer, while Paul Stanley of Kiss reflected on the legacy of Bacharach’s work.

Bacharach was a six-time Grammy Award winner, nominated for 21 awards throughout his career, and a three-time Oscar winner. He was proclaimed music’s “greatest living composer” in 2008 when he received the Grammy lifetime achievement award. In recent years, he teamed up with Elvis Costello for a songwriting partnership, and a compilation of their published songs from the last 30 years was set to be released in the coming months.

Bacharach was born in Missouri and developed a unique sound that blended jazz, soul, and bossa nova. He was easily recognizable, no matter the performer delivering his vocals. He is survived by his fourth wife, Jane Hansen, whom he married in 1993, and his three children – Oliver and Raleigh from his marriage to Hansen, and Cristopher from his marriage to ex-wife Carole Bayer Sager.

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