Legendary composer Burt Bacharach’s career spanned more than five decades with hits including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “I’ll Never Fall in Again,” and “I Pray a Little.”
On Thursday, Tina Broussom, Bacharach’s publicist, told The Associated Press that the Oscar winner died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press reports:
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Over the past 70 years, only Lennon-McCartney, Carole King and a few others have rivaled his talent for instantly catchy songs that are performed, played and hummed long after they were written. He had top 10 hits from the 1950s to the 21st century and his music was heard everywhere from movie soundtracks and radio to home stereo systems and iPods, including “Alfie” and “I Say a Little Prayer” or “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”. No” and “This guy is in love with you.”
Dionne Warwick was her favorite interpreter, but Bacharach, usually teamed with songwriter Hal David, created key material for Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and many others. Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra were among countless artists who covered his songs, with more recent acts who sang or sampled him including the White Stripes, Twista and Ashanti. “Walk On By” was covered by everyone from Warwick and Isaac Hayes to British punk band The Stranglers and Cyndi Lauper.