Burt Bacharach: A Discography of His Legendary Career (1965-2011)
Burt Bacharach was one of the most influential and prolific composers of the 20th century, creating dozens of timeless pop hits and memorable movie soundtracks. His elegant and sophisticated style blended elements of jazz, soul, bossa nova, and classical music, resulting in a unique and distinctive sound that appealed to millions of listeners worldwide. He collaborated with many talented lyricists, singers, and musicians, but his most famous partnership was with Hal David, who wrote the words for many of Bacharach's classics.
In this article, we will explore the discography of Burt Bacharach, from his first solo album in 1965 to his last original work in 2011. We will highlight some of his most notable albums and songs, as well as his achievements and awards. We will also pay tribute to his legacy and influence on modern music and culture.
Hit Maker! Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits (1965)
This was Bacharach's debut album as a solo artist, featuring instrumental versions of some of his early hits that he wrote for other singers, such as \"Walk On By\", \"Anyone Who Had a Heart\", \"Don't Make Me Over\", and \"Wishin' and Hopin'\". The album showcased Bacharach's skills as a pianist, arranger, and conductor, as well as his distinctive melodic and harmonic sense. The album was well received by critics and fans alike, reaching number 3 on the Billboard pop albums chart.
What's New Pussycat? [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1965)
This was Bacharach's first soundtrack album, composed for the comedy film starring Peter Sellers and Woody Allen. The title song, sung by Tom Jones, became a huge hit, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning Bacharach his first Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The soundtrack also featured songs by Dionne Warwick, Manfred Mann, and The Burt Bacharach Orchestra.
This was Bacharach's second soundtrack album, composed for the spoof James Bond film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers. The soundtrack was a mix of spy-themed music, lounge jazz, and pop songs, featuring vocals by Dusty Springfield, Herb Alpert, Mike Redway, and The Look of Love Chorus. The highlight of the soundtrack was \"The Look of Love\", sung by Springfield, which became one of Bacharach's most enduring songs. It reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Reach Out (1967)
This was Bacharach's second solo album, featuring instrumental versions of some of his recent hits that he wrote for other singers, such as \"Alfie\", \"What the World Needs Now Is Love\", \"I Say a Little Prayer\", and \"The Look of Love\". The album also included two original songs by Bacharach: \"Reach Out for Me\" and \"A House Is Not a Home\". The album was another success for Bacharach, reaching number 9 on the Billboard pop albums chart.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Original Score] (1969)
This was Bacharach's third soundtrack album, composed for the western film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The soundtrack featured one of Bacharach's most famous songs: \"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head\", sung by B.J. Thomas. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won two Grammy Awards for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The soundtrack also included songs by Bob Dylan (\"Knockin' on Heaven's Door\"), Sacha Distel (\"The Sundance Kid\"), and The Ron Hicklin Sing 0efd9a6b88