September 20, 2001
This just arrived in the mail...
A TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH AND HAL DAVID
ALONG WITH Lennon & McCartney, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David are legends in popular music. To celebrate their timeless songs, Aviva International and Direct Video Distribution are delighted to announce the release of a stunning tribute concert. Available from 22 October (the DVD version will be released on 19 November) ĆA Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David÷ joins the songwriters and a host of stars on the stage of The Royal Albert Hall. Filmed in June 2000, this spectacular gala occasion is hosted by Radio 2÷s Johnnie Walker and features such stellar performers as Petula Clark, Elvis Costello, Sacha Distel, Leo Sayer, Edwin Starr and of course Dionne Warwick, plus many more. Bacharach and David have been cited as perhaps the most universally acclaimed songwriters ever, responsible for such timeless classics as Walk On By, Say A Little Prayer, There÷s Always Something There To Remind Me, What the World Needs Now and 24 Hours From Tulsa to name but a few. Four decades into their career, their music continues to set industry records and trends, with contemporary artists such as Oasis, REM and Ben Folds Five paying them homage in interviews and recordings. The concert was organised by and in support of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Supported by artists such as Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Elton John and Robbie Williams, the charity raises much needed money to help improve the lives of handicapped children through music therapy.
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Multi award winner Burt Bacharach is simply one of the most accomplished composers of the 20th century. He revolutionised the music of the 1960s and remains one of America÷s most popular and versatile songwriters, with compositions ranging from rock, jazz and soul to highly polished Broadway show scores. With an amazing 52 Top 40 hits to his credit, few writers can match his success record during the 20th century. Hal David is one of the most successful lyricists in the music business and has been the recipient of every major music award including 20 gold records, an Academy Award for Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and a Grammy for Promises Promises. He has been elected to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and the Nashville Hall Of Fame International. The DVD is presented in Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
1. Close To You (Instrumental)
August 21, 2001
Just a reminder: Next week, A&E pays tribute to Burt with three episodes of its Biography series. A&E kicks things off on Monday, Aug. 27, with Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music, a profile of the Brill Building songwriters. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Biography airs Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over. And (saving the best for last?) on Friday, Aug. 31, A&E devotes an hour to Burt Bacharach (which has received Alec Cumming's enthusiastic endorsement). As the saying goes, check your local listing for showtimes.
Burt also recently taped an interview for 60 Minutes Australia, where his new CD is doing well. I'll pass along an air date as soon as we know an air date.
May 25, 2001
The A&E BIOGRAPHY on Burt is tentatively scheduled to air the week of August 27 -- either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
May 14, 2001
Also, The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Anthology, a two-disc, 50-track British issue of the Rhino collection (with different songs and artists), was released in the U.K. on May 7, 2001, and is currently No. 13 on Amazon.co.uk's sales chart.
I received from Burt's publicity office two news releases (one and two) concerning Burt's suit against Simon and Associates over injuries resulting from his fall as well as Burt's updated official press bio. Also for press and fan inquiries, the new address of Burt's public relations and publicity agency is:
Linda Dozoretz Communications
May 12, 2001
Happy Birthday, Burt Bacharach!
May 3, 2001
Burt Bacharach's upcoming tour schedule
March 2, 2001
I just received Rhino's new The Very Best of Burt Bacharach. While I would definitely quibble with a few of the selections (why no "This Guy's In Love With You"?), this affordable, 16-track distillation of The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection is an excellent introduction to Burt's music for the quasi- or would-be fan and Patrick Milligan and Alec Cumming are to be saluted for their typically meticulous work on the liner and production notes.
January 23, 2001
This just in...
Burt Bacharach Announced as Winner of Prestigious International Polar Music Prize for 2001 Los Angeles, CA., Burt Bacharach was announced today as one of three winners of the prestigious Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award for 2001, at the MIDEM music fair in Cannes, France. Leading industry executive Les Bider, CEO Warner Chappell (the worldŪs largest music publisher) and international artist Meja (All About The Money, Private Emotions duo with Ricky Martin, and one of the biggest acts in Japan), hosted the event and announced the Prize-winners. Bacharach was present for the announcement via webcast this morning at the residence of the Consulate General of Sweden in Santa Monica. Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog and Karlheinz Stockhausen will receive the prize in Stockholm on Monday, May 14 from His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. Crown Princess Victoria will join her father for the first time at the Polar Music Prize Award Ceremony. Past Prize-winners have been: Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Witold Lutoslawski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Quincy Jones, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Ericson, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Iannis Xenakis, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Isaac Stern.
Burt Bacharach Citation
Robert Moog Citation
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson - a true music industry great - who played a key role in the enormous success of ABBA. The Prize has been awarded since 1992 for exceptional and lifetime achievements, transcending musical genres and breaking down musical boundaries.
For further information about the Polar Music Prize and more comprehensive citations on the Prizewinners please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
January 23, 2001
On March 6, Rhino Records is scheduled to release The Very Best of Burt Bacharach. No other information available.
November 7, 2000
The new address at which fans and journalists can contact Burt Bacharach is:
November 6, 2000
Hello all. I updated Burt's touring schedule via Pollstar, but I hope to get off an e-mail this week for the official word from Burt's publicist as to whether we can expect any other shows. Also, I finally added Robert's incredible collection of rare, obscure Bacharach lyrics and tablature (chords actually) to the lyrics and chords section. Right now, it's just a directory of raw text files and they're not listed on the main page, but I'm hoping to do that soon now that I've figured out another problem that kept me away from here for the past couple of months. I'm trying to catch up on back e-mail, too, so apologies on that end if you haven't gotten a personal response from me. As Jackie Gleason might say, call me irresponsible.
August 2, 2000
I was happy to discover today that the MP3 files in the audio section which I'd thought were corrupt are in fact not. I suppose that's why I haven't gotten many complaints lately. Still, when I try to download an MP3 using Netscape, I get a Netscape text page filled with binary code and not a seperate download window. To play the MP3, I save the binary-filled text page to disc and then drop it into RealPlayer. Works beautifully. If anyone has any rare or historically important Bacharach recordings to donate to the archive, please feel free to send them to me. Thanks!
July 31, 2000
Gosh time flies. Has it been almost two months since an update? Oh, well. I've got a few things to add in the next few days, including lots of rare lyrics and tabs courtesty of Rob and some nice photos of Burt sent in by Alberto. The prospect of Napster shutting down last Friday got me fired up enough to do some furious downloading, and one of the first things I looked for was this lovely rendition of "This Guy's In Love with You" sung by Noel Gallagher with Burt accompanying.
June 9, 2000
I did a minor update on the bio page. I'd appreciate it if you Bacharach fanatics could check it for factual errors on my part as well as write me with additional facts or trivia you think should be added.
Here's a little something special--Dueling Burts. In the far corner we have Canadian heavyweights Barenaked Ladies. In the near corner we have American heavyweight Barbra Streisand (with a little help on vocals...). Who wins? You decide.
June 8, 2000
This is the offical statement from Burt's spokesperson regarding his schedule:
Los Angeles, June 7, 2000--For the first time since partial replacement of his left shoulder in April, Burt Bacharach performed this past Saturday at a show for a charity with which he's personally involved, with the intent of resuming touring. Unfortunately, after shortening the show because of the pain and discomfort he felt during the performance, as well as the following day, Mr. Bacharach has cancelled his June engagments to allow another month of recovery and healing time.
June 7, 2000
I updated the trivia question. Give it a shot; it's pretty easy.
June 6, 2000 (Opening of the National D-Day Museum here in New Orleans, by the way)
I have three announcements. First of all, I have a call and an e-mail in to Burt's spokesperson to shed some light on the discrepancies between the tour itinerary supplied to me by Bob Fead yesterday and the information that's been gathered by fans in the U.K. and elsewhere. Hopefully, I'll have an answer within 24 hours. Secondly, for those of you who curse this site's cumbersome URL, I have gotten a new address you can use, http://welcome.to/bacharach. I'm not on a new server; the welcome.to address simply redirects traffic to this page. Hopefully, this will make remembering AHINAH's address a little easier. Thirdly, I've fixed the problems with the audio/MP3 section. It should work properly now, although since I'm running it off of my office computer, the speed of downloads could vary considerably (depending on whether I'm playing online Jeopardy or reading the Onion or something). A few of the MP3s, "Nikki" and "My Little Red Book" to name two, continue to give me (and I'm sure a lot of you) problems. I will most likely have to re-encode them, that is if Art Boonparn ever gives me back all the Burt CDs I lent him ;). Finally, I know you've all heard this before, but as of right now, I plan to work on the site quite a bit in the next month or two, upgrading it where I can and keeping it up to date, so as usual, I deeply appreciate all the kind words and Burt-fo-mation that you share with me through e-mail or the discussion forum. Thanks.
June 5, 2000
This may be old news among you Burt congnoscenti, but I just got off the phone with Bob Fead of the Burt Bacharach Music Group who informed me that, due to his recent shoulder injury, Burt has canceled all immediate upcoming engagements. He will still appear at the Royal Albert Hall tribute show, but he will most likely not perform.
The dates for which Bob says Burt expects to be recovered and able to perform are as follows:
Any mistakes above are not Bob's fault but mine due to sloppy note taking.
February 9, 2000
Welcome to the new millennium! I'm back from the dead, my computer problems mostly worked out and with a backload of Burt stuff to add. Davide Bonori recently sent me updated discographies which I'll be adding shortly and I've also got lots of other stuff to add to. Sorry for the lack of updates, but as usual the Discussion Forum has kept everyone up on the latest Burt news. If anyone has anything they'd like to see added, please e-mail me and I'll do my best to get it up in a timely fashion (i.e. before the next new millennium).
October 19, 1999
Doug Feldman sent in another rare Bacharach MP3, Ben E. King's rendition of "Yesterday's Heros."
October 12, 1999
Cable network Bravo will air an episode of its Arena program featuring Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. (ET), to be repeated at 1 a.m. The show features performances originally recorded for PBS's Sessions at West 54th broadcast, but as Omar and Scott B. report in the discussion forum, it features behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and additional performances, namely "In the Darkest Place" and "The Sweetest Punch."
September 28, 1999
From Toninho Spessoto, editor of Showbizz magazine in Brazil: "Now it's confirmed! BURT BACHARACH will do a show in Brazil. It will happen on October 27th at Metropolitan, in Rio de Janeiro."
September 23, 1999
Happy first day of Fall. Sorry for the lack of updates, but I haven't had much news in the pipeline as of late. I'm hoping to get an updated tour itinerary in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that. Does anyone have any info on Burt Bacharach In Concert? A sealed copy of the LP recently went for $38 on eBay. It was the first time that I've seen it for sale anywhere. How rare is it?
Two recent releases, both on Sept. 21, worth mentioning are Bill Frisell's The Sweetest Punch: Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach (Decca) and The Instrumental Side of Burt Bacharach (Varese Sarabande), a release I know nothing about (there are no tracks listed on its Amazon page).Also, I picked up a songbook titled "Famous Songs by Bacharach and David," which--title notwithstanding--features a treasure trove of rare compositions, many of which are unfamiliar to me. I'll try to post lyrics in the near future, but among the selections are such obscure numbers as "And This Is Mine," "Anonymous Phone Call," "The Breaking Point," "Country Music Holliday," "Don't Count the Days," "Dont Envy Me," "Faker, Faker," "Forever Yours I Remain," "The Hangman," "I Fell in Love with your Picture," "In Times Like These," "It Seemed So Right Last Night," "the Last Time I Saw My Heart," "Love Lessons," "Make Room for the Joy," "Moon Man," "The Net," "Oh Wendy Wendy," "Oooh My Love,' "Peggy's in the Pantry," "Presents from the Past," "Saturday Night in Tiajuana," "Say Goodbye," "Sittin in a Tree House," "Somebody Else's Sweetheart," "That Kind of Woman," "Warm and Tender," "Underneath the Overpass," "Winter Warm, "With Open Arms," "Wonderful to be Young" and "You're Telling our Secrets."
July 25, 1999
VCR alert! Burt Bacharach's 1973 musical remake of Lost Horizon will be shown on American Movie Classics on Monday, July 26, at 10:30 p.m. EDT (and again at 5:45 a.m. the next morning). If there were any doubt as to the film's cult status, check out AMC's viewer comments page.
July 19, 1999
Doug Feldman sent an MP3 of a rare Bacharach recording, Keely Smith's 1970 (original?) recording of "One Less Bell to Answer."
July 14, 1999
Ice Magazine reports that 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection (A&M) will be released on July 20 and the long-awaited Promises, Promises original cast recording reissue will be released on Aug. 3. These come on the heels of the The Look of Love: Classic Love Songs of Burt Bacharach(Hip-O), which was released on June 1, and The Reel Burt Bacharach (Hip-O), which was released on June 22.
And in some exciting news, a corespondent wrote to inform us that Burt will headline a free concert in New York at Coney Island's Seaside Park on Thursday, July 29. The show is part of the 21st annual Seaside Concert Series, a series of free summer concerts at the park that is coordinated through the office of New York state Senator Marty Markowitz with the help of corporate donations. Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7:30. Comedian Mal Z. Lawrence will open the show. For more information on the show, visit the Seaside Concert Series Website.
June 28, 1999
Roberto H. de la Garza sent in the lyrics to "Something Big." Thanks, Roberto!
June 21, 1999
Bob Fead of the Burt Bacharach Music Group reports that Burt has just finished scoring the Universal film Isn't She Great, a biopic based on the life of Valley of the Dollsauthor Jacqueline Susann and starring Bette Midler and Nathan Lane. Vanessa Williams will sing the end title, Chicago has recorded a track entitled "If I Should Lose You" and Dionne will perform a song. The film is due to be released this fall.
It's been reported to me that the June 27 show listed on Burt's touring schedule is not a Bacharach performance but in fact a tribute to Bacharach. You've been warned. For your information, the dates that feature a venue name came from Bob. The dates that have hypertext links to Tickets.com and Ticketmaster listings came from Web searches. Why the two sources don't coincide, I don't know.
Alberto Gerolimetto sent in three photos of he and Burt in Milan in 1996. He also sent in two two Bacharach midi files, which I'll also post. Eventually. I've never been a huge fan of midi files, but if there's enough interest, I'll gladly start a Bacharach midi archive, if one doesn't already exist. Let me know what you think.
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed--Linda Scott
The above tracks are two more MP3 from the Japanese compilation Burt Bacharach Songbook. Enjoy.
June 17, 1999
Updated Burt's tour itinerary with dates supplied by Bob Fead of the Burt Bacharach Music Group. Bob's dates did not include some of the dates listed by Ticketmaster and tickets.com, so some dates listed may not be accurate.
June 11, 1999
Oh, behave! Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me opens nationwide today. Here is a review from the New York Times.
June 10, 1999
Added a link to the official Hal David Web site.
June 9, 1999
Davide Bonori just sent me the most recent version of his excellent Bacharach discography.
June 8, 1999
At the request of several people, I've decided to start featuring a few "rare" Bacharach MP3 files on a rotating basis. I say "rare" because these tracks are fairly well known to the more devoted Bacharach aficionados, although to many more fans, these tracks will be new. First up are three cuts from a Japanese Bacharach collection entitled Burt Bacharach Songbook (MCA 1997).
Saturday Sunshine--Burt Bacharach (this vocal version is different from the one that appears on "Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits")
Forgive Me (For Giving You Such a Bad Time)--Babs Tino
I Cry More--Alan Dale
June 4, 1999
Diane Caron writes to inform me that she has discovered three new Bacharach appearances: June 27 in Los Angeles, August 20 and 21 in San Diego, and Jan. 14, 15 and 16, 2000, in St. Louis.
June 3, 1999
Two new Bacharach records to be on the lookout for... The Love Songs of Burt Bacharach (Uni/Hip O Records) is on the whole a predictable collection of 18 greatest hits that aren't terribly ... "lovey." The Reel Bacharach,on the other hand, is a collection of songs composed for films notable for its inclusion of more than a few tracks previously unavailable (or not readily availabe) on Bacharach collections, including B.J. Thomas' "Long Ago Tomorrow," Mark Lindsay's "Something Big," Richard Chamberlain's "Rome Will Never Leave Us" and "Seconds," a rare collaboration between Burt and lyricist Neil Simon performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
May 27, 1999
Yeah, Baby! The new Austin Powers movie, The Spy Who Shagged Me, opens on June 11. Its soundtrack features a rendetion of "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by the dynamic duo of Bacharach and Costello, who also reportedly make a cameo in the film.
May 24, 1999
The theatrically named Nando van Kleeff recently submitted this fabulously hip photo of Burt along with a RealAudio file of Burt and Noel Gallagher's rendition of "This Guy's In Love with You.". Thanks!
Bill Minnick wrote to report three upcoming Burt releases: The Reel (movie music) on Hip-O, June 22; 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection on UMG/A&M, July 13; and the long-awaited Promises, Promises OST on Rykodisc, July 13.
And finally, I'm still trying to get an official word on Burt's summer appearances, but as of right now the only two dates I know of are the ones listed on the Ticketmaster site, Atlanta July 10 and Detroit July 11. Chech out Ticketmaster.com for details.
February 25, 1999
January 7, 1999
December 1, 1998
There's been lots of Burt news to report recently. Including…
Burt appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday, Nov. 27, where he accompanied on piano Elvis Costello in an incredible version of "This House Is Empty Now."
On December 3, 1998, Elvis and Burt are scheduled to appear on Barbara Walters The View talk show, where they'll chat with show hosts and perform "This House Is Empty Now."
The television special "Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night," recorded April 8, 1998, in New York was released on both CD and video on November 24 by N2K Music. The television special—which as you no doubt know features Bacharach's songs covered live by Sheryl Crow, All Saints, Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde, Mike Myers, Wynonna, Ben Folds Five, Barenaked Ladies, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn & George Duke, Dionne Warwick, and Burt himself—will be rebroadcast on Dec. 9 on PBS and Dec. 25 on cable network TNT. The special also aired on TNT on Nov. 18.
And beginning on Dec. 10, 1998, at 12 pm, Eastern, http://www.rocktropolis.com will present the on-demand Internet broadcast of "One Amazing Night."
On Nov. 21, Elvis and Burt appeared on the PBS television program Sessions at West 54th.
On November 28, BBC2 broadcast Burt and Elvis' Royal Festival Hall concert, recorded in October.
On Nov. 3, Varese Vintage released More from the Burt Bacharach Songbook, which features Burt songs as performed by the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Perry Como, Brenda Lee, et al.
In April 1999, Verve will release The Sweetest Punch: Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach: Arranged by Bill Frisell, a reinterpretation of the entire Painted From Memory album by guitarist Frisell. The predominantly instrumental record will reportedly feature two tracks with vocals by, respectively, Elvis Costello and Cassandra Wilson.
That's all I can think of right now. If I've left out any major recent or upcoming events, let me know about it, okay? Okay.
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September 24, 1998
Alec Cumming adds yet another update on Burt sightings:
And: the rumored Elvis/Burt date in London is scheduled for the Royal Festival Hall on October 29th - and ticket info should be in the London Times this Sunday.
September 22, 1998
Paul Hale checks in with this explanation of the Burt/Elvis Liveconcerts.com Webcast:
Just thought you'd like to tell your visitors,
Liveconcerts.com will be hosting a listening party from 9/22 to 9/29 of the new Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello records "Painted From Memory." In case you don't already know about it :)
They will have an EPK that runs about 8 minutes long as well as samples from each of the 12 tracks on the record, accompanied by a slide show taken from a previous Burt/Elvis live performance.
Also, a full length track "I Still Have That Other Girl" will be available as a "broadcast only" on 9/22 and 9/28 at 10pm ET. People will only be able to hear this full length track at the specified time and dates....it will not be available in its entirety until the release date.
And our raving reporter Alec Cumming checks in with this tasty tidbit…
Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello will be making an in-store appearace at Tower Records in New York City on Thursday, October 1, at 6 p.m. I don't know
if they'll be playing live music, but certainly they'll be signing copies of PAINTED FROM MEMORY.
They'll be at the uptown Manhattan Tower Records store, located at 66th and Broadway (1961 Broadway). The phone number for the store is (212) 799-2500. A chance to meet 'n greet Burt Bacharach is a rare thing indeed, so c'mon down!
And last but not least, Roberto Pinardi has submitted a brief essay on Burt's soundtrack to the film Together?
September 20, 1998
Also, Burt and Elvis will be featured on Virtual House of Blues on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. EDT. I'm not sure what Virtual House of Blues Webcasts consist of, but there you go.
Alec Cumming reports a Bacharach/Costello taping of SESSIONS AT WEST 54th Street on Sunday, Oct. 18th in New York, and a possible London, UK gig on Oct. 29th.
Plus: there is an Elvis Costello-penned article in the October Details Magazine on the collaboration.....
September 10, 1998
October 13th - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
October 14th - Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
October 16th - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 20th - Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets go on sale via the Internet for the Chicago show on Saturday, September 12th, 12:00PM - http://www.ticketmaster.com/. (Does that mean midnight? )
Also don't forget Burt & Elvis's live television appearances:
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