Interview: Burt Bacharach (Part 1) - JazzWax

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November 28, 2011


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Did he ever work with Dave Brubeck?

Royce Campbell

A very overrated composer. Not in the league of the great ones.

Jery Rowan

"A very overrated composer. Not in the league of the great ones."

Over a 20-year period, beginning in the early 1960s, Dionne Warwick charted 38 singles co-written or produced by Bacharach and Hal David, including 22 Top-40, 12 Top-20, and nine Top-10 hits on the American Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Other singers of Bacharach songs in the '60s and '70s included Bobby Vinton ("Blue on Blue"); Dusty Springfield ("The Look of Love" from Casino Royale), (a cover of Dionne Warwick's "Wishin' and Hopin'"); Cilla Black (a cover of Dionne Warwick's "Anyone Who Had A Heart"), Cher ("Alfie"); The Shirelles, The Beatles ("Baby, It's You"); The Carpenters ("(They Long to Be) Close to You"); Aretha Franklin ("I Say a Little Prayer"); Isaac Hayes ("Walk On By", from the Hot Buttered Soul album); B. J. Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head", "Everybody's Out of Town"); Tom Jones ("What's New, Pussycat?"); Engelbert Humperdinck ("I'm A Better Man"); Sandie Shaw ("(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"); Jack Jones ("Wives and Lovers"); Jackie DeShannon ("What the World Needs Now is Love"); Gene Pitney ("Only Love Can Break a Heart", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "24 Hours From Tulsa" and "True Love Never Runs Smooth"); Herb Alpert, ("This Guy's In Love With You");[4] Liz Damon's Orient Express ("Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets); Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 ("The Look of Love"); Jerry Butler, the Walker Brothers ("Make It Easy on Yourself"); and the Fifth Dimension ("One Less Bell to Answer").

Overrated composer? Are you kidding me?!


My top favorite among Burt Bacharach's works? -- It's of course that beautiful soundtrack to -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) --, especially the marvelous, almost Bach-esque voices during those South American scenes, the great bank robbery spree: South American Getaway. -- That's pure magic!

We musicians owe you a lot, Mr. Bacharach. Thanks so much.

Michele J. Valentino

My name is Michele Valentino and I worked in New York at the Men's Fashion Association. I had just graduated from Katherine Gibbs School Your father I will always remember. He was very kind to me. Your father always stopped at my desk and when I left to be a flight attendant he would write about me in his column. To this day, I frequently think of him and his words that have lasted a lifetime. I just wanted you to know what I think of your Dad and what he meant to me.


Michele J. Valentino

Michele J. Valentino

In the early 1970's, your father, Mr. Bert Bacharach, would always stop by my desk and say the following, "If I had another son, you would be his wife." Your father was very kind to me. I was a secretary at the time for the president of a public relations company. I have fond memories of your Dad. I miss him to this day. I have been a flight attendant and am at present. In all the years of experiences with people, no one ever compared to the compassion and kindliness of your Dad.


Michele Valentino

P. S. Your father introduced you to me many years ago at a gala for the men's wear industry. God bless you. Your Dad always talked about you.

Eliphas Desni



Bacharach is both overrated and underrated by different people who know only the most popular works.
His ouvre is unbelievably rich and vast. I wonder if anyone who writes a soundtrack such as the one mentioned here (Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid) can ever be overrated. And there is sooo much more that is not well known...

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