Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest composers of all time, who wrote classics like ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ and ‘Walk On By’, has died at 94.
One of the last greats of his era, Bacharach passed away from natural causes at his Los Angeles home, according to his publicist Tina Brausam.
His influence on music and ability to write enduring hits is almost hard to fathom. In a career that spanned more than five decades, Bacharach scored 73 top 40 hits in the US and 52 in the UK.
His list of collaborators is a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the good and great in music, from The Beatles and Frank Sinatra to Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. In total, Bacharach’s have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists.
Along with lyricist Hal David, he also wrote some of the most recognisable film soundtracks, including 1965’s ‘What’s New, Pussycat?’, sung by Tom Jones for the film of the same name, and Dusty Springfield’s hit ‘The Look Of Love’, which featured in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale.
Bacharach was, of course, critically lauded for his work, winning six Grammys and three Oscars in total, and applauded for his musical range, which spanned jazz, rhythm and blues, traditional pop and even bossa nova.