As you probably know, Burt Bacharach’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, will be published on May 7 by Harper Collins, and in conjunction with that event, Burt’s publicity team is planning a number of book-related appearances. As previously reported, Burt will be doing two talks in the Los Angeles area on May 14 and 17. Now comes word of two upcoming appearances in the New York area.
On Monday, May 6, Burt will discuss his book, answer questions and perform a few songs at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th St., New York, N.Y. 10028. According to the Barnes & Noble event listing, seating is first-come, first-served although there is priority seating with the purchase of the book. Also, please note that Burt will be signing Anyone Who Had a Heart only, no other books, memorabilia or CDs.
On Wednesday, May 8, Burt will be doing a book signing at Bookends, 211 East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, N.J. 07450. This event is a book signing only.
I know Burt has many, many fans in the New York/New Jersey area, so this is a great opportunity for an intimate audience with him and a rare chance to hear him talk about his life and music.
Burt Bacharach’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, will be published by Harper Collins on May 7, and in conjunction with that event, Burt will discuss his life and music in two upcoming appearances in the Los Angeles area.
On Tuesday, May 14, Burt will discuss his memoir with author Mitch Albom at the Alix Theatre in Glendale, Calif., and on Friday, May 17, Burt will discuss his memoir in an appearance at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Calif. The discussions are part of the Live Talks Los Angeles speaker series, which presents well-known figures from the arts, sports, politics and science and uses proceeds from the events to support literacy and educational programs in the Los Angeles area. Tickets for each night start at $20 and can be purchased via the links on LiveTalksLA.org.
Very sad news. Legendary producer Phil Ramone, who engineered and produced many of Dionne Warwick’s and Burt Bacharach’s greatest recordings, has died. Ramone was 79 and had been hospitalized with an aortic aneurism since February. In his long career, Ramone worked with everyone from Getz & Gilberto, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Paul Simon.
Read more about it here.
Television and stage actress Anastasia Barzee will sing the music of Burt Bacharach in a special performance at New York’s Metropolitan Room on April 18, 19 & 20, 2013. Drawing on the Bacharach catalog, Barzee will explore the theme of love — who we love, how we love and why in the world do we keep doing it over and over again. The show will feature many of Bacharach’s most famous songs, including “What The World Needs Now,” “Alfie” and “Close to You,” as well as new, unrecorded songs from Some Lovers, Bacharach’s recent musical collaboration with lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening). Barzee will be joined by The Kevin Hays Trio (Kevin Hays on piano, Rob Jost on bass and French horn, and Greg Joseph on drums) along with Teddy Kumpel on guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
Barzee Sings Bacharach
The Metropolitan Room
324 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010
April 18-20, 2013, 7 p.m.
With the Kevin Hays Trio and Teddy Kumpel on guitars.
Here’s audio of Barzee performing “Alfie.”
Sorry for the delay getting this posted, but I finally think I’ve received all — or almost all — of Burt’s upcoming European and South American concerts. In addition to the previously announced dates, the new dates include the following:
April 16, Teatro Positivo, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
June 14, Malmo Opera, Malmö, Sweden
June 20, Giardini di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
June 22, Ravenna Festival, Ravenna, Italy
June 24, Caracalla, Rome, Italy
As always, to see the full list of upcoming concerts, visit the On Tour page.
As if that weren’t enough, May 7 is the release date of Burt’s long-awaited memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music. The book’s publisher, HarperCollins, has this to say:
In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life. From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits. Candid and emotional, and with 16 pages of color photographs, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music is Burt Bacharach in his own words—a powerful and personal look at the award-winning songwriter and composer.
Burt’s publicist wrote to say there will be a tour and media appearances to promote the book’s release, which is exciting news, so stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.
I know some of you already know about Burt’s upcoming concerts, but I just got official confirmation of a few of Burt’s tour dates so I’m passing the info along. This list isn’t complete. I’ll post the rest as soon as they’re finalized, but for the time being, you should check out the Bacharach discussion forum for the “unofficially” announced dates.
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Also, it’s been announced that’s Burt’s long-awaited memoir will be published in May. Stay tuned for more details.
Apologies for the long delay between updates, but it’s been a busy six-plus-months at the webmaster’s house as some of you know. There’s been lots of Bacharach news, but the biggest news of course is the passing of Hal David on Sept. 1. Even without his long partnership with Burt Bacharach, David would have been considered one of the great pop songwriters. The New York Times published a thorough obituary and there were remembrances in everything from The Wall Street Journal to Pitchfork as well as this poignant remembrance of Hal from Burt himself.
For the more devoted fans, Roberto Pinardi alerted me to the fact that Burt’s unjustly neglected soundtrack Together? has at long last been issued on CD by Sony Music Japan. Released in 1979, generally regarded as a less than spectacular period in Bacharach’s compositional career, Together? is nonetheless an excellent record, the veritable missing link between the jazz-pop fusion of his late ’70s solo albums and his work in the ’80s with Carole Bayer Sager, with whom he would team up just two years later for the Arthur soundtrack. The only downside of this long-awaited CD issue is the price. It’s selling on Amazon right now for $39.99.
Armando Gabba pointed me to a recent article that mentioned some intriguing news:
Burt and Bernie Taupin are working on an album together. While I know Bernie is no Hal David (nor Elvis Costello), the prospect of Burt in the studio with a legendary lyricist is cause for excitement. (Did I mention that Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album I ever bought?)
EDITED TO ADD: Sorry to get your hopes up, but I’ve been informed that Burt and Bernie are not in fact working on a new album together. Although they’ve written together in the past and may have even gone into the studio to cut some demos, my sources tell me there is currently no album in the works. Burt’s top priority right now is finishing his memoir, which is set to come out this spring. Stay tuned for me details on that.
Finally, Tina sent me a terrific new year’s present: five new Bacharach concert dates. Those are now posted on the On Tour page.
Super Fan Vincent Cole sent in these photos from Burt’s June 22, 2012, performance in Louisville, Ky., at the Good Sam RV Rally. Thanks Vincent!
To read Vincent’s review of the show, visit the Burt Bacharach Discussion Forum.
Just got word that another date has been added to Burt’s tour of Japan this September.
In addition to his Sept. 8 performance at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Burt and his band will perform on Sept. 10 at Billboard Live Tokyo. For the latest tour dates, visit the On Tour page.
As I’m sure everyone knows, President Barack Obama awarded Burt Bacharach and Hal David the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last month at a special ceremony and concert in the White House. Burt was there to receive the award and perform a concert while Hal, who was too ill to attend, was represented by his wife, Eunice.
The concert was recorded and broadcast on PBS stations on May 21, and I’m thrilled to say it’s now viewable online at http://video.pbs.org/video/2237921072.
Congratulations to Burt and Hal for achieving this prestigious honor!
Last but not least, great news for Burt’s many fans in Japan. Burt will be performing at this year’s Tokyo Jazz Festival on Sept 8.