June 19, 2006
House Is Not A Homepage v. 3.0
A House Is Not A Homepage is an unofficial site dedicated to the music
and career of composer and performer Burt Bacharach. If you're interested
in contributing to the site or have any questions or comments, please
let me know. And, once again, thanks to the many fans and correspondents
around the world who make this site what it is.
Vincent Cole sent in photos from recent Bacharach shows in New
Jersey and at B.B.
King's in New York. Thanks, Vincent!
is now a blogger.
column, which appeared yesterday on the political website The
Huffington Post, discussed the evolution of the new political consciousness
in his music. Unlike last fall, when Burt's comments about President Bush
and the Iraq War provoked an angry conservative backlash, the readers
of the Huffington Post were almost universal in their praise and encouragement.
Blogging isn't the only new media Burt has recently become involved with.
He will also appear on an upcoming Rhino
Burt will be performing in Italy this summer after all. A pair of just-announced
dates in Forli and Trani highlight Burt's summer
performance schedule. The full itinerary, which includes newly announced
shows in New York, Denver and Florida, is available on the On
Birthday, Burt Bacharach!
Cole sent in a couple of photos
taken with Burt following his performance in Raleigh, NC, on Feb. 25.
To read Vincent's review of the show, see his post
in the Discussion Forum.
I just received Burt's newly revised official
press bio, which I've uploaded as a PDF
file for those who like that sort of thing.
has added dates at the Palace
of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 9 and at the Palazzo
Mauro de André in Ravenna, Italy, on July 12, part of the 2006
For his complete performance schedule, visit the
On Tour page.
Bacharach won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for At
This Time tonight at the 48th annual
Grammy Awards. It was Burt's sixth Grammy Award. In addition, Aretha
Franklin picked up the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance
for her recording of Burt's "A House Is Not A Home" on So
Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. Congratulations,
just in...new Bacharach tour dates
birthday, Dionne! Dionne Warwick
turns 65 today.
Congratulations to Burt! Burt Bacharach received two Grammy
Award nominations yesterday. Burt was nominated in the Best Pop
Instrumental Performance Category for "In Our Time," a collaboration
with Chris Botti, and in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for
This Time, his new CD. In addition, two performances of Bacharach
compositions also received Grammy nominations: Seal's recording of Walk
On By was nominated in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category
and Aretha Franklin's performance of "A House Is Not A Home"
from the album So
Amazing: An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross was nominated in
the Best Traditional R&B Performance category. The 48th annual Grammy
Awards will take place on Feb. 8, 2006, at Staples Center in Los Angeles
and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound
Bacharach will appear on The
Show this Friday night, Nov. 11. The show airs nationally on PBS
stations. Check your local listings for time. Also, for you diehard
album aficionados, a special limited vinyl edition of At This Time can
now be purchased at the online Sony
is the day! At
This Time, Burt Bacharach's highly anticipated new album, officially
goes on sale in the U.S. Visit the Media
page to read a few reviews
and some recent articles about this controversial new album. Visit
the Lyrics archive
to see At
This Time's lyrics, the first ever written by Bacharach himself.
is the offical U.K. release date of At
This Time, Burt Bacharach's latest release and his first solo album
of new material since 1979. I've added a page of At
This Time lyrics, the first ever written by Bacharach.
updated the media section
with links to recent articles about Burt and At
Burt Bacharach and Rufus Wainwright are scheduled to appear on the BBC2
talk show Later with Jools
Holland this Friday night, Oct. 21, at 11:30 p.m. Wainwright provides
guest vocals on the track "Go Ask Shakespeare" from Bacharach's
new CD At
This Time, scheduled to be released by Columbia on Oct. 31.
Richard and Judy, a British television program, is searching for UK
Bacharach fans in conjunction with an appearance by Burt on the show
next week. Interested UK fans should contact Lucinda Barker at 020-7091-4770
or email Richard&Judy@channel4.com.
Records is scheduled to release At
This Time, Burt Bacharach's new solo record, on Nov. 1. Here is
release announcing the record. Also, I'm told there will be a very
limited edition of vinyl LPs available, so if you're a vinyl aficionado
or a collector of all things Bacharach, keep your eyes out for that
special limited release.
This Time, Burt Bacharach's new, long-awaited solo album, will be
released in the UK on Oct. 31 and in the US on Nov.
1. Sony is developing an official website to promote the record.
As soon as it goes live, I'll post the address here. For more updates,
visit the Bacharach
This Time, Burt Bacharach's new solo CD, is now available for pre-order
According to Amazon, the release date is Oct. 18, 2005. Also, check
BBC interview with Burt which features clips from two of At
This Time's tracks. And finally, here's
a great interview with Burt from the UK's The
This Time, Burt Bacharach's new solo CD, is scheduled to be released
in September on Sony UK. A correspondent on the Bacharach discussion
board says the album—which features 11 new songs cowritten with
Tonio K and Dr. Dre among others—may be released as a dual CD/DVD
and despite the scheduled release date, it may not be released domestically
until January 2006. More info as it becomes available...
Bacharach's long awaited new solo CD, his first solo collection of new
material since 1979's Woman, will reportedly be released in late
October on Sony UK. The CD will apparently showcase some of Burt's recent
collaborations with Dr. Dre, the first of which turned up on Chris Botti's
2003 CD A Thousand Kisses Deep. Stay tuned for more details.
Elton John will sing a posthumous duet with Luther Vandross on "Anyone
Who Had A Heart" and Aretha Franklin will perform "A House
Is Not A Home" on a new CD honoring Vandross to be released by
J Records on Sept. 20. So
Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross will also feature
performances by Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Donna Summer,
Usher, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean and more.
Wayne Dickson writes that Legends,
a new budget-priced three-disc collection of Dionne Warwick's Arista material
(1979–1993), will be released in the U.K. on Aug. 29. The first
comprehensive collection of Dionne's Arista period, Legends
includes a wealth of Bacharach-Warwick material from the 1980s, including
"Finder of Lost Loves," "That's What Friends Are For,"
"Stronger Than Before," "Stay Devoted," "Love
Power," "Sunny Weather Lover" and more.
Writer and performer PC Munoz sent
in a link to this excellent
essay on "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," part of an regular
column on his web site devoted to great songs old and new. Check it out!
Munns, webmaster of CillaBlack.com,
writes that two
new decade-spanning compilations of Black will be released on Sept.
5, 2005. The first, Cilla in the 60s, features two Bacharach compositions:
"Anyone Who Had a Heart" and Black's original recording of "Alfie."
The music world lost one its finest performers on Friday with the death
of vocalist Luther
Vandross. An eight-time Grammy Award winner, Vandross was a favorite
of Burt Bacharach, who had taken to dedicating concert performances of
"A House Is Not a Home" to Vandross in recent years. In addition
to "A House Is Not a Home," Vandross performed a medley of "Windows
of the World" and "What the World Needs Now Is Love" with
Burt on the One Amazing Night television special and CD.
Birthday, Burt Bacharach!
the eve of his 77th (!) birthday, Burt is still going strong. Vincent Cole
pictures from Burt's performance last Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret
in Uncasville, Conn. Thanks, Vincent.
A couple of new releases to keep an eye out for...On April 12, Varese reissued
on CD the Promises,
Promises original cast recording, one of Burt's finest collections,
and on May 10, DPTV issued the DVD In
Concert Classics Featuring Dionne Warwick, a 60 minute concert collection
recorded for Public Television.
Weiss recently sent in a link to an affection
tribute to Burt and Angie written for her blog. Thanks!
Scores is a great new Website dedicated to the music of great film
composers. The site includes information on finding CDs, videos and DVDs
of figures including Francis
Kamen, and, yes, Burt
Bacharach. It's a fantastic site. Check it out.
Dionne Warwick's 1972 debut album for Warner Brothers and her final album-length
collaboration with Bacharach & David, finally makes it to CD next month
on David Nathan's Ambassador
Soul Classics label. The 24-bit digitally remastered CD, produced and with
liner notes by Nathan, features classics such as "I Just Have to Breath,"
"Close To You," "One Less Bell to Answer" and "Hasbrook
as well as other Warwick CDs in the series, is available exclusively throught
Vincent Cole writes in the Discussion
Forum that Liz Smith
reports Burt and Carole Bayer Sager have written a new song, their first
in years, for Hugh Jackman's upcoming concert tour, which kicks off in Las
Vegas in April.
concert dates for 2005-2006 have arrived. Visit the On
Tour page for the complete list of Burt Bacharach's upcoming appearances.