BURT BACHARACH, COMPOSER OF OVER 70 TOP 40 HITS, SIGNS EXCLUSIVE ADMINISTRATION DEAL FOR NORTH AMERICA WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP FOR HIS CATALOG AND NEW MATERIAL
Plans Include a New Broadway Musical and Collaborations with Universal’s Chart-Topping Country Songwriters
Santa Monica, CA, July 22, 2013 – One of the premier songwriters of all time, Burt Bacharach, is bringing his catalog and new songs to Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) for North America, it was announced today by Zach Horowitz, Chairman and CEO, UMPG.
During his long and illustrious career, Bacharach has written over 70 Top 40 hits and won eight Grammys Awards, three Academy Awards, and an Emmy Award. He remains extraordinarily active as a writer, with new collaborations with songwriters including Bernie Taupin and J.D. Souther, as well as a Broadway-bound musical he’s completing with Elvis Costello. As part of this new arrangement, Bacharach plans to write with a number of UMPG’s chart topping Nashville songwriters-beginning this month with Lori McKenna, who co-wrote Hunter Hayes’ smash single “I Want Crazy.”
“Burt Bacharach is simply one of the greatest songwriters of all time. We are honored that he has chosen UMPG as his new home. We look forward to working his legendary catalog and couldn’t be more excited about being involved with his new work as he continues his storied career,” said Zach Horowitz.
“It’s great to be able to work with people who have the same passion and love for songwriting that I do, and Zach, Kent and his staff have made it clear that for them, the music comes first. I’m excited to continue working to make great songs with the UMPG team and their songwriters,” said Burt Bacharach.
“When we met with Burt, I was thrilled to learn that he wants to especially focus on county music, a genre where he enjoyed one of his first big hits with ‘The Story of My Life’ for Marty Robbins. His classic melodies are the perfect marriage for our Nashville storytellers,” said Kent Earls, Executive Vice President/General Manager, UMPG Nashville. “We and our UMPG Nashville writers are looking forward to some magic collaborations.”
Bacharach’s agreement with UMPG encompasses the entirety of his incomparable New Hidden Valley Music catalog. This includes the timeless classics he crafted with Hal David for Dionne Warwick (“I Say A Little Prayer,” “Walk On By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” and many more), as well as the duo’s numerous pop hits (“This Guy’s In Love With You,” “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,”) and compositions for film (“Raindrops Keep on Fallin’ On My Head” for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). Bacharach’s agreement also covers his celebrated collaborations with UMPG songwriter Carol Bayer Sager (“That’s What Friends Are For,” “Heartlight”) as well as his acclaimed solo material as a recording artist, including his Grammy-winning album At This Time.
Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by artists in virtually every genre of music, including Luther Vandross, Elvis Presley, Diana Krall, The Carpenters, Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Tom Jones, Stan Getz, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, The Fifth Dimension, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Elton John, The Shirelles, Dusty Springfield, Perry Como, Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Herb Alpert, Roberta Flack, Christopher Cross, Jackie DeShannon, The Drifters, Cher, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Ron Isley, and Michael McDonald, to name a few.
Burt Bacharach began his musical career in the 1950s working as a composer in New York City’s legendary Brill Building, where he was introduced to lyricist Hal David in 1957. Together, Bacharach and David formed what would become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed songwriting partnerships in the history of popular music. Beginning in the early 1960s, they started working with Dionne Warwick, formerly a backup singer for The Drifters. Bacharach and David wrote 39 consecutive chart hits for Warwick, 15 of which broke into the Top 40. Bacharach and David also enjoyed major success writing songs for other artists including Herb Alpert (“This Guy’s In Love With You”), Jackie DeShannon (“What the World Needs Now Is Love”), The Fifth Dimension (“One Less Bell To Answer”), Gene Pitney (“Only Love Can Break A Heart”), and many others.
Bacharach also composed some of the most memorable film scores of the 20th century, teaming up with David to write music for classic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (“Raindrops Keep on Fallin’ On My Head”)–a Grammy and Oscar winner, and the Academy Award nominated title song to the motion picture Alfie, a hit for both Cilla Black and Dionne Warwick. Bacharach and David’s collaboration with Neil Simon on the hit Broadway musical Promises, Promises led to a Tony Award nomination and the hit song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”
In the 1970s, Bacharach expanded his work with other songwriters, most notably Carole Bayer Sager. Together, Bacharach and Sager wrote hits for Christopher Cross (“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”), Neil Diamond (“Heartlight”), Roberta Flack (“Making Love”), Patti LaBelle& Michael McDonald (“On My Own”), and many others. One of the pair’s most successful song was “That’s What Friends Are For,” which was jointly recorded by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight–a No. 1 hit that won Bacharach and Sager a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1986. Bacharach went on to win two more Grammys; one in 1998 for his collaboration with Elvis Costello on “I Still Have That Other Girl,” and another in 2005 for his solo album At This Time.
In addition to his work in music, Bacharach also recently released his autobiography, Anyone Who Had A Heart.
UMPG already administers Bacharach’s music in France, Australia, Greece, and Southeast Asia (excluding Japan).
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