At the Seattle Times’ morning news meeting, an editor expressed surprise that a story about composer Burt Bacharach’s newly published memoir was among the most-read items on our website today.
Many of us on the A&E staff know Bacharach as the wellspring of some of the greatest pop hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including “What’s New Pussycat?” (recorded by Tom Jones); “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (B.J Thomas) and “Close to You” (The Carpenters). But if you’re not clued into this particular era, or a student of pop culture, you might not know this songwriter’s amazing legacy.
Here, for the curious, is a quick list of some of Bacharach’s best-known tunes; all the lyrics were written by his creative partner, Hal David, and a number were recorded by Dionne Warwick. Note that if you are already a Bacharach fan, your favorite might not be here (feel free to add yours to the comments thread). The guy has written scores of songs, dozens of which which broke the top 40. An astonishing body of work.
The list …
“What the World Needs Now Is Love”
“What’s New Pussycat?”
“Walk on By”
“(They Long to Be) Close to You”
“I Say a Little Prayer”
“One Less Bell to Answer”
“Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head”
“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
“This Guy’s in Love With You”