Legendary composer Burt Bacharach died of natural causes Wednesday at the age of 94, according to confirmation from his publicist cited by the Associated Press (AP).
The talented musician mesmerized his fans with popular songs “Walk on By” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” and he received many accolades for his incredible work, including eight Grammys, three Oscars and a Tony award, according to AP. His death was confirmed Thursday by publicist Tina Brausam.
Breaking News: Burt Bacharach is dead at 94. His hit pop songs, like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” were defined by romantic optimism.https://t.co/ovEPYizDcl pic.twitter.com/kgrNsmZ2nw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 9, 2023
Bacharach’s contributions to the world of music span over seven decades. He was known to instinctively create catchy songs that quickly became recognizable and popular. His impressive portfolio of work included top-10 hits that spanned from the 1950s into the 21st century, and his music was popularized through radio play as well as in soundtracks for major movies.
Popular songs scored by Bacharach include “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “This Guy’s in Love with You.” (RELATED: Legendary Musician Jeff Beck Dead At 78)
RIP Burt Bacharach… pic.twitter.com/8xuSebOpHm
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 9, 2023
Bacharach was passionate about working with Dionne Warwick. Alongside his lyricist Hal David, he also made music with legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones, according to AP. Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra were among several artists who performed his work, paying Bacharach the ultimate compliment.
The famous singer won an Oscar for his 1970 score of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” as well as for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” He also composed the song for “Arthur” that led him to another Oscar win. Bacharach’s movie soundtrack credits include “What’s New, Pussycat?” and “Casino Royale.”