Paul Sexton offers a new four-part appreciation of his life and times, featuring the observations of many of the key contributors to the Bacharach story.
The series is underpinned by a new, detailed interview with Burt himself, recorded at his home in Los Angeles.
He talks candidly about his musical memories from the days when his mother made an unwilling youngster study piano, all the way to 2006, when at the age of 78 he has become an unlikely, outspoken critic of the current American political landscape.
|01||20061027||Bacharach talks about his early years and how he became Marlene Dietrich's touring musical director.|
|02||20061103||Sexton examines how Bacharach developed his nascent career as a songwriter in the 1950s, when he was under contract at Famous Music, and at how he met Hal David, the man who would become his enduring partner as a lyricist.|
Now 85, David talks to Hal at his California home, describing what it was like to work at New York's legendary Brill Building, where songwriters would shop their wares to publishers.
Including early Bacharach-David hits such as Perry Como's Magic Moments and Marty Robbins' The Story of My Life, and contributions from Ken Emerson and soul singer Chuck Jackson.
|03||20061110||Documentary looking at Burt Bacharach's life.|
Paul Sexton continues his four-part appreciation of his life and times, featuring the observations of many of the key contributors to the Bacharach story.
A look at how Burt and his lyricist partner Hal David became the most formidable American songwriting team of their generation, through an unbeatable succession of classic songs.
Sexton talks to Jerry Moss, the M in A&M Records, the label that became closely associated with some Burt's best-known songs.
One of those was the Carpenters' 1970 version of Close To You, first recorded years earlier with their vocal discovery Dionne Warwick.
Richard Carpenter offers his memories of Bacharach, and the programme also addresses the less harmonious period in the songwriter's professional life, when his relationships with David and Warwick deteriorated into litigation.
|04 LAST||20061117||The concluding episode of Paul Sexton's profile of the great pop composer, arranger and producer looks at Bacharach's hits of the 1980s and '90s plus current and future projects, and includes a world exclusive.|
After Burt ended his regular songwriting partnership with Hal David, he worked with a number of new collaborators, including his third wife Carole Bayer Sager and Christopher Cross, with whom he wrote one of his biggest later copyrights, 1981's 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)'.
Celebrated American record executive Clive Davis talks about reuniting Bacharach and Dionne Warwick for the massive 1985 hit 'That's What Friends Are For', also featuring Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who almost single-handedly bestowed new 'coolness' on Burt by namechecking him in the band's early interviews, talks entertainigly about his musical hero.
He explains how an image of Bacharach came to be part of Oasis' iconic 'Definitely Maybe' album cover, how he met Burt in Los Angeles and subsequently gave his first-ever solo performance, of This Guy's In Love With You, at an all-star Bacharach tribute at the Royal Albert Hall in 1996.
The programme covers Bacharach's partnership with another devoted British fan, Elvis Costello, with whom he made the 1998 album Painted From Memory.
Costello also appears on At This Time, the album Bacharach released in 2005, which saw him contributing lyrics to his own work for the first time, in his late 70s.
Even more recently, Burt has written for the first time with Brian Wilson, completing the yet-to-be-released song What Love Can Do, from which the programme features an exclusive excerpt.