Burt Bacharach

Six decades into one of songwriting's most successful and honored careers – marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+-year run on the charts, Burt Bacharach's music continues to set industry records and creative standards. His Grammy-award winning musical, PROMISES, PROMISES, returned to Broadway in April 25, 2010 and earned four Tony nominations. His two years of sold-out concerts in Australia resulted in "Burt Bacharach Live at the Sydney Opera House" an international hit in 2008. "At This Time," his 2005 album, which won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, broke new ground with Bacharach's first-ever lyrical collaborations, supplementing the melodies which reflect the pioneering Bacharach sound. He says it is the "most-passionate album" of his career as "At This Time" marked the first time Bacharach took on social and political issues in his music.

Bacharach's global audiences span several generations, and he is viewed as the unique combination of one of the greatest composers of all time and the ultra-cool cult hero of the contemporary music set who often has several songs on various music charts in many countries simultaneously. His many concerts are SRO, as he tours the United States and the world conducting orchestras and with his own musicians and singers performing his music. He began 2008 with a tour of Australia and Japan, and is booked at many of the country's most-popular venues through the next two years.

Along with Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, Bacharach is a legend of popular music. A recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards (including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), he revolutionized the music of the 1950s and 60s and is regularly bracketed with legendary names, ranging from Cole Porter to Sir George Martin, as one of a handful of visionaries who pioneered new forms of music from the second half of the 20th Century and continued into the 21st Century.
When The Recording Academy awarded Bacharach the Lifetime Achievement Award in February, 2008, he was proclaimed music's "Greatest Living Composer." Proud father, on tour in Australia, had his three children (Cristopher, Oliver, and Raleigh) accept the award on his behalf.

"Burt Bacharach Live" was his first-ever live concert CD and was recorded during the concert tour to Australia (and Japan) in 2008. Released in October, 2008, "Burt Bacharach Live at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony" contains 32 favorite Bacharach songs, with Bacharach conducting and his singers and band accompanying the Symphony.

New for 2010 is a cast recording of the new production of "Promises, Promises" (featuring Kristin Chenowith, Sean Hayes and Katie Finneran). In 2009, "Magic Moments, The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection," was released.Singer Steve Tyrell's most-recent Bacharach tribute CD, "Back to Bacharach," was also released in 2008. In 2007, popular Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis recorded two albums of Bacharach songs "The Look of Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook" and "Who'll Speak for Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook II." After six decades of writing love songs, Bacharach shifted his attention to his indignation over the state of the world in "At This Time." Collaborating with Elvis Costello, Dr. Dre, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Botti and others, "At This Time" features a 35-piece orchestra performing new Bacharach melodies with his first-ever self-penned lyrics. Bacharach says he wrote the lyrics (many with Tonio K) because "there are things I needed to say." The album was released in the U.S. by Columbia Records and internationally by Sony BMG, and immediately became a critical success and a 2005 Grammy winner. Two years after its release, it continues to surpass expectations, as the music inspires dialogue about issues important to Bacharach.

A second 2005 Grammy was related to Bacharach, as well. Aretha Franklin's recording of the Bacharach-David classic, "A House Is Not a Home," won in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category.

The composer last produced, arranged and conducted an album of his own songs sung by R&B icon Ronald Isley, "Here I Am: Ronald Isley Meets Burt Bacharach," in 2003. With 11 Bacharach/Hal David classics are two songs which marked Bacharach's first collaborations with Tonio K., the album held spots on the BILLBOARD's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart for months after its debut.

"Here I Am: Ronald Isley Meets Burt Bacharach" wasn't the only Bacharach composition on the charts since 2003. In one week in March, 2004, for example, Bacharach and David had a #1 hit on BILLBOARD's Hot 100 with "Slow Jamz" by Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx which sampled the Luther Vandross' version of "A House Is Not a Home," a Modern Rock Tracks hit with "I Just Don't Know
What to Do With Myself" by the White Stripes, a Club Play Hit on the dance chart with Cyndi Lauper's "Walk On By," and Steve Tyrell's "This Guy's in Love" album continued its run as #3 on the BILLBOARD's Top Contemporary Jazz Album chart. Bacharach
and David enjoyed another top ten hit in November, 2003, when their song, "The Look of Love," was sampled in Ashanti's "Rain on Me."

Bacharach has been a special guest four times (including season finale in 2006) on the top-rated television series "American Idol," with many of his songs performed by the young stars on the show. The finalists of "American Idol" recorded and released a charity single of the 1967 Bacharach classic, "What The World Needs Now Is Love," that became a #4 hit on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 Singles Sales chart in 2003. Mike Myers considers Bacharach his lucky charm, and cast him in all three "Austin Powers" films. He was also a guest artist on ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2006.

His songs have been recorded by legendary singers, such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick and Franklin. Other tributes to the diversity of Bacharach's music have been paid by, among others, Elvis Costello ("I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "God Give Me Strength"), REM, Diana Krall, Barenaked Ladies, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd and Myers.

Although his first love remains writing, Bacharach feels performing is another bonus of his illustrious career. He continues to do scores of concerts around the world each year. He is one artist who will always remain in the limelight no matter what endeavor he pursues.

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Saturday, March 8 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Talking Stick Resort Showroom