Burt Bacharach has died at the age of 94

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By stefan armitage

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Burt Bacharach has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

News of the legendary music composer's death was confirmed by his publicist, Tina Brausam, who revealed that Bacharach had died at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday.

His cause of death is currently being reported as "natural causes", per the Washington Post.

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Over a truly legendary career that spanned seven decades, Bacharach won six Grammy Awards - including a lifetime achievement award.

Bacharach also scooped three Oscars, including Best Original Song and Best Original Score in 1970 for his work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (including the timeless track 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head'). And in 1981, he would win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)', which featured in Arthur, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

Some of Bacharach's most well-known songs - still sung and hummed to this day - include, 'What the World Needs Now Is Love', 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again', 'I Say a Little Prayer', 'This Guy’s in Love with You', 'That's What Friends Are For', and 'Don't Make Me Over'.

In 1958, became the first songwriter to have back-to-back number 1s in the UK ('Story of My Life' by Michael Holiday and 'Magic Moments' Perry Como).

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Those who weren't lucky enough to grow up with Bacharach's music may be more familiar with his more recent appearances - such as his cameos in all three Austin Powers movies, his role as a guest vocal coach on American Idol in 2006, or his 2018 single dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, 'Live To See Another Day'.

Despite the fact that legendary names like Aretha Franklin and The Stranglers have all performed Bacharach's songs, when asked by The Guardian which song he wished he had written, he said Nickolas Ashford an Valerie Simpson's 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough' - which went on to be made a classic by the Supremes.

And when asked if he first started writing music as a way of meeting girls, Bacharach simply replied:

"I was a loner in high school. We had a little band and you’d get to meet girls that way. But I wasn’t doing too well. So the music helped. A little bit, but not much. The reality is that my basic love, all the way through, was the music."

Our thoughts are with Bacharach's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Chuck Bigger / Alamy

Burt Bacharach has died at the age of 94

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Burt Bacharach has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

News of the legendary music composer's death was confirmed by his publicist, Tina Brausam, who revealed that Bacharach had died at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday.

His cause of death is currently being reported as "natural causes", per the Washington Post.

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Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy

Over a truly legendary career that spanned seven decades, Bacharach won six Grammy Awards - including a lifetime achievement award.

Bacharach also scooped three Oscars, including Best Original Song and Best Original Score in 1970 for his work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (including the timeless track 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head'). And in 1981, he would win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)', which featured in Arthur, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

Some of Bacharach's most well-known songs - still sung and hummed to this day - include, 'What the World Needs Now Is Love', 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again', 'I Say a Little Prayer', 'This Guy’s in Love with You', 'That's What Friends Are For', and 'Don't Make Me Over'.

In 1958, became the first songwriter to have back-to-back number 1s in the UK ('Story of My Life' by Michael Holiday and 'Magic Moments' Perry Como).

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Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy

Those who weren't lucky enough to grow up with Bacharach's music may be more familiar with his more recent appearances - such as his cameos in all three Austin Powers movies, his role as a guest vocal coach on American Idol in 2006, or his 2018 single dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, 'Live To See Another Day'.

Despite the fact that legendary names like Aretha Franklin and The Stranglers have all performed Bacharach's songs, when asked by The Guardian which song he wished he had written, he said Nickolas Ashford an Valerie Simpson's 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough' - which went on to be made a classic by the Supremes.

And when asked if he first started writing music as a way of meeting girls, Bacharach simply replied:

"I was a loner in high school. We had a little band and you’d get to meet girls that way. But I wasn’t doing too well. So the music helped. A little bit, but not much. The reality is that my basic love, all the way through, was the music."

Our thoughts are with Bacharach's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Chuck Bigger / Alamy