Burt Bacharach

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

Burt Bacharach is that rarest of composers — a writer capable of tapping into the collective consciousness with immediately memorable melodies that always rrive via the road less traveled. Having trained with several avant-garde masters, Bacharach learned to zig when others would zag, but his internal ompass taught him to apply those lessons to popular effect — so much so that he’d end up cracking the top 10 with nearly 50 different songs and topping th singles chart nine times. One of the few composers to have picked up hardware at the Grammys, Oscars and Emmys, Bacharach has consistently been abe to reinvent himself by forging kinships with performers as varied as Dionne Warwick (who charted 15 times with his work), B.J. Thomas and Elvis Costllo. There are undoubtedly dozens of reasons people have chosen to work with Bacharach, but the foremost is probably his steadfast adherence to hisoft-quoted philosophy: “Never be ashamed to write a melody that people remember.” 

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