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Burt F. Bacharach ( /ˈbækəræk/ BAK-ə-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American pianist, composer and music producer. He is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the mid-1950s through the 1980s, with lyrics written by Hal David. Many of their hits were produced specifically for, and performed by, Dionne Warwick. Following on with the initial success of this collaboration, Bacharach went on to produce hits with Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Jackie DeShannon and others. As of 2006, Bacharach had written 70 Top 40 hits in the U.S., and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK. Burt Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City, graduating from Forest Hills High School in 1946. He is the son of Irma (née Freeman) and Bert Bacharach, a well-known syndicated newspaper columnist, and is of German-Jewish descent. Bacharach studied music at McGill University, under Helmut Blume, at the Mannes School of Music, and at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito, California. His composition teachers included Darius Milhaud, Henry Cowell, and Bohuslav Martinů. Following service in the Army, Bacharach worked as a pianist, both as a solo

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  • Virtual Jukebox avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:38:51

    Do You Know The Way To San Jose by Burt Bacharach is #nowplaying in Robinsons Bistro, Belfast. Download it now at http://t.co/5Ielt1q9si

  • NIPS avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:22:35

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Keith Ruehter avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:21:32

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • joe mama avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:21:24

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Brian Shanley avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:19:12

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • nikki  avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:16:39

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Danielle avatar Jul-25-2014, 08:05:10

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Chloe Scott avatar Jul-25-2014, 07:57:15

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Scott M avatar Jul-25-2014, 07:37:27

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

  • Martita Staubach avatar Jul-25-2014, 07:34:15

    RT @bobsaget: Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn. ~Burt Bacharach

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