#TwoForTuesday: Burt Bacharach and Hal David


I feature the music of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David a lot here, mostly because they’ve written songs that have been covered by many artists. And the reason they’ve been covered by so many is because they’re good and popular with listeners. Wikipedia tells me that Bacharach has written 73 US and 50 UK Top 40 hits, mostly with David (a full list is here). Besides working with Hal David (who died in 2012), Bacharach has also worked with Bob Hilliard, Carole Bayer Sager, and Hal’s older brother Mack. David also worked with Albert Hammond, Sherman Edwards, and Paul Hampton.

Most of the songs they wrote were specifically for Dionne Warwick, such as “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.” She took the song to #6 on the pop chart in 1969. The same year, Bobbie Gentry (“Ode To Billy Joe”) took it to #1 in the UK. Here’s Dionne’s version.

Gene Pitney did two Bacharach/David compositions in 1962, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (#6 in the US) and “Only Love Can Break A Heart” (#2 US). Here is the latter.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David, your Two for Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

10 thoughts on “#TwoForTuesday: Burt Bacharach and Hal David

  1. Oh my goodness, I haven’t heard these two in so long and I love these guys. I had so many or their records back in the day. Thank you for posting these. Have a great day!


    1. They wrote a song together, “Toledo.”

      It’s probably a rule that everyone has to do at least one song written by Burt Bacharach. Well, maybe not a rule, just seems to work out that way. He’s ubiquitous, and the songs are great, with whichever lyricist he works.


    1. Bacharach and anyone, really. I think he brings the best out of any lyricist.

      For a long time, “Town Without Pity” was the only song I associated with Gene Pitney. His was a great voice.


    1. I was surprised that Bacharach (he worked with a number of lyricists) was as prolific as he was. There are all kinds of surprises in the list on Wikipedia.


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