Burt Bacharach, who was an enormous force in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, has passed away. He was 94.
From the Variety obit:
"His songs — many of them written with lyricist Hal David — became chart-topping successes, particularly in the hands of vocalist Dionne Warwick. Among ’60s songwriting duos, only Lennon-McCartney rivaled Bacharach-David in terms of commercial and artistic achievement. Bacharach collected six Grammys as a writer, arranger and performer from 1967-2005.
"His music was ubiquitous on screens both big and small in the ’60s and ’70s, and he was recognized by the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his work on 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969) and 'Arthur' (1981). He collected a 1971 Emmy for a TV recital of his work.
"On Broadway, the 1968 Bacharach-David tuner 'Promises, Promises' rolled up 1,281 performances and garnered a Tony nomination as best musical."