December 11, 2003

Burt’s new holiday special, McCormick Presents Burt Bacharach Tribute on Ice, airs at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 20, on NBC. The special, which was taped earlier this year in San Jose, Calif., combines the musical talents of Bacharach, Aretha Franklin, James Ingram and Michael McDonald with the ice skating artistry of Brian Boitano, Ilia Kulik and Nicole Bobek. For more info, see the official press release announcing the show and this gallery of photos from the taping.

December 10, 2003

I can’t recall another holiday season with as many new potential gifts for Bacharach fans.

In addition to Burt’s new CD, Here I Am: Isley Meets Bacharach, Rhino Handmade has reissued two of Dionne’s finest collaborations with Bacharach-David, Promises, Promises and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. This deluxe remastered set, which combines the two albums along with bonus tracks on a single disc, was released in an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000, so order now or you’ll be left wanting things. Readers also have three excellent, unique books about Burt and his music to choose from: Robin Platts’ Burt Bacharach & Hal David: What the World Needs Now, Serene Dominic’s Burt Bacharach: Song By Song, and, now, the most recent entry in the Bacharach book bonanza, Michael Brocken’s Bacharach: Maestro! The Life of a Pop Genius. And if you do buy one of the CDs or books, feel free to post your review in the Bacharach discussion forum.