Burt Bacharach, master of pop songwriting, dies aged 94
Burt Bacharach, the songwriter and performer, died at the age of 94 in Los Angeles of natural causes.
He scored 73 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 in the UK.
Born in Kansas City and raised in New York, he was influenced by jazz and classical music.
He was classically trained in music and worked as an accompanist, arranger, and conductor for several musicians.
He met lyricist Hal David in 1957 and together they created a string of hit songs.
Their songs are known for expert arrangements, close vocal harmonizing, and unusual time signatures.
Some of their famous songs include "I Say a Little Prayer," "What’s New Pussycat?," "The Look of Love," and "Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head."
Dionne Warwick was one of his most successful collaborators and their hits together include "Walk on By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "I Say a Little Prayer."
He was married four times, with his last wife Jane Hansen surviving him.