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Burt Bacharach, the acclaimed composer and songwriter behind dozens of mellow pop hits from the 1950s to the 1980s, including “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” has died on February 8. He was 94. Musicians, admirers and friends paid tribute to the late performer shortly after the news broke.
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Burt Bacharach, the acclaimed composer and
songwriter behind dozens of mellow pop hits From the 1950s to the 1980s, including “I’ll
Never Fall in Love Again,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “I Say
a Little Prayer,” has died on February 8. He was 94. The Oscar winner died Wednesday at home in
Los Angeles of natural causes, his publicist Tina Brausam told the Associated Press on
Thursday. Musicians, admirers and friends paid tribute
to the late performer shortly after the news Broke. In all, he scored 73 Top 40 hits in the US
and 52 in the UK. Bacharach scored three Academy Awards and
eight Grammys over the course of his career And was a prize-winning Broadway composer
for “Promises, Promises.” Bacharach’s songwriting breakthrough came
in 1957, when he met lyricist Hal David at New York pop powerhouse the Brill Building. The singer won his first Oscar in 1970 for
the score of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and for the song “Raindrops Keep
Fallin’ on My Head.” His second win came in 1982 when he and his
then-wife Carole Bayer Sager won for “Best That You Can Do,” the theme from “Arthur.” Bacharach was married four times, having divorced
his first wife, actress Paula Stewart in 1958. He wed for a fourth time, to Jane Hansen in
1993, and they remained married until his Death. During his second marriage to Angie Dickinson,
the two became parents to three kids. Their daughter, named Nikki Bacharach, struggled
with her mental health and died by suicide At age 40 in 2007. He is survived by Hansen, as well as his children
Oliver, Raleigh and Cristopher.