Burt Bacharach: Legendary Songwriter Publishes His Memoir
Long reluctant to publish his life story, Burt Bacharach has finally done so. The iconic tunesmith takes the title of one of the many songs he and lyricist Hal David gave Dionne Warwick -- Anyone Who Had a Heart -- to weave through a still thriving 60-year career writing, arranging and conducting pop music. Make no mistake, it's pop -- not rock -- with a splash of soul. Not surprising for someone whose '60s success began by crafting hits for The Drifters and Chuck Jackson.
Burt Bacharach says he never liked rock and roll -- he's always been into R&B and soul -- although his music has always been played on the same stations.
Being overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn't bother him at all -- even if many of the artists he worked with such as Gene Pitney, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield -- have been inducted.
Anyone Who Had a Heart does more than retrace Burt's hit parade. His candid stories are often set up, documentary style, by comments from his ex-wives. He and Angie Dickinson were a show biz "power couple" during the '60s before their split. Artists he's worked with also chime in.
Burt says, "I made a deal with myself -- if I was going to do this book, it's going to be open -- the blemishes, the pimples, I'm not going to smooth them over. Otherwise [the book] is useless."
From Angie to "Arthur" and Austin Powers, Perry Como to Painted From Memory (his acclaimed collaboration with Elvis Costello), meet the man behind the melody.