Burt Bacharach & Hal David: What the World Needs Now
ISBN 9781896522777

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Burt Bacharach & Hal David
What the World Needs Now...

by Robin Platts

"Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," "What the World Needs Now is Love," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head," "Alfie," "Pussycat?"…

The songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David ruled the charts in '60s, and their songs are still as popular as ever. Current artists such as Oasis, Barenaked Ladies, Elvis Costello and Ben Folds have revisited the Bacharach/David songbook, and their songs have been prominently featured in such hit movies as Austin Powers, My Best Friend's Wedding and The First Wives Club.

In spite of their huge success, there has never been a book written about Bacharach and David. Burt Bacharach & Hal David: What the World Needs Now is the first, and it's a dream come true for Bacharach and David fans. Author Robin Platts draws on archival research and his own interviews with Bacharach and David (and those who worked with them) to create an in-depth look at the duo's career. Platts tells the whole story of their songwriting partnership - from their first collaborations in the '50s through the massive successes of the '60s to their split in the early '70s and their brief reunions in the '90s. There is also coverage of the recent revival of interest in the Bacharach/David songbook, and the many contemporary artists who have been influenced by them and have recorded their songs. The book includes color photos of vintage record sleeves, a detailed discography, chart information and a complete annotated list of every song Bacharach and David wrote together.
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