February 20, 1997

You might have noticed the teaser “The World of Burt is coming soon!” while browsing the A&M Records site. Now, Bill Minnick writes to say that Ice Magazine reports an April 15 delivery of “What the World Needs Now Is Burt,” a Burt Bacharach compilation on A&M. No word yet on a track listing or credits, but since most of Dionne’s records were on Sceptor, is it correct to assume that this release will focus on Burt’s solo albums

? We shall see…

February 18, 1997

Time to set those VCRs again.

Robbie Leff just wrote to inform me that Burt and Elvis Costello are scheduled to appear together on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Robbie has it on good authority that Burt and Elvis will do a live version of “God Give Me Strength,” which they’ll repeat the following night for this year’s Grammy Awards telecast. As you may know, Burt and Elvis are nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” category for “God Give Me Strength.”

February 15, 1997

This arrived recently from Pablo…
“Sorry I waited so long to tell you this, but the upcoming Mike Myers movie “Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery” features a cameo by Burt himself singing “What The World Needs Now” atop a converted double decker bus whizzing through Las Vegas at night, he’s serenading Myers and his costar Elizabeth Hurley. Myers is a huge Bacharach fan and he invited Burt who recorded a special solo “Vocal and Piano only” version exclusively for the film. The film is about a swingin sixties photographer/ spy who is frozen in the sixties and thawed out in the nineties.

It sounds like it’s going to be great for retro fans and Peter Sellers devotees. Myers plays two roles, Austin Powers and his own nemesis, Dr Evil.”

February 13, 1997

I just got a message from wr ite

r Paul Zollo, the editor of the journal of the National Academy of Songwriters, that he has finally confirmed an interview with Burt for tomorrow–Feb. 14, 1997, at 12:30 pm PST. He asked me to invite all the FOBs (“Fans of Burt”) out there to submit questions for him to ask Burt, so if there’s one question you’ve been dying to ask The Man, write to Paul in a hurry and maybe he’ll ask it.

February 12, 1997

Greetings and salutations to everyone out there in the world of Burt!

Once again, I apologize for not updating A House Is Not A Homepage as frequently as I should be, but I hope to devote a significant portion of time to it this month. Today, I added some of the Bacharach Top Ten lists I’ve received in recent months–not all of them thought, so if you sent one in and it isn’t listed, don’t fret just yet.

Also, Joyce Millman of Salon, an online magazine of essays about popular culture, wrote to alert me to a Valentine’s Day tribute to Burt she authored for that site.

And, finally, is the world ready for the Bacharachs? Comprising five young lads and lasses from Denmark, the Bacharachs are an easy listening band that plays nothing but songs by Mr. Bacharach. Their Web site is http://www.cybercity.dk/users/ccc8237/home.html. .