Friday, 18 September 2009

God like Genius part 2

A songwriter this time until recently condemned to radio 2 and the label of easy listening. I used to think that until someone bought me the best of Burt Bacharach and i suddenly realised just how many fantastic songs the man had written. In recent years his reputation has risen to the levels it should be with recordings with Elvis Costello, various greatest hits releases and a celebration concert at the Albert Hall.

I should also include Hal David the lyricist that Burt wrote most of his best songs with. They met in 1957 but it was the 60s and the 70s that saw them hit the peak of their powers. A lot of singers recorded their best stuff with his songs - Dione Warwick , Dusty Springfield ,Aretha Franklyn even Cilla Black sounds good singing his songs. In the 80s and 90s I was into a lot of bands such as Danny Wilson which plot a path back via bands like Steely Dan to the songwriting style of Burt Bacharach. He is still cited as an influence eg Last Shadow Puppets have covered one of his tracks.

The 3 tracks I've posted here just cover the great way he has with chords and melody

"Walk on By" by Dione Warwick - first came across this via a cover version by the Stranglers!

"Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" by B J Thomas- had to include this purely for the fact that it was our first dance at our wedding

"Arthurs Theme" by Christopher Cross - theme tune to unfunny Dudley Moore film Arthur

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