RIP, Burt Bacharach

One of the greatest composers of our age has left the stage. Burt Bacharach was 95 and he will be missed.

True story: I met Bacharach twice. As a kid, I played This Guy’s In Love With You for him (not knowing who he was) on the piano at a friend’s house in Oakland; he was playing at the Paramount Theater, I think, as my friend’s mother was some sort of big wig there. He was so very, very kind and helped a little kid (tried to, anyway) to get the extremely difficult register and tempo changes. I had no idea what a big deal it was to have a composer —THAT composer— give me a piano lesson.

Years later I met him again at another small event, told him we had met once before in Oakland at So-and-So’s house, and he immediately asked me if I was still playing piano, and I thought “Pfft, he probably says this to all the kids who tell him they met him once upon a time,” and he immediately began playing TGILWY, with a big, toothy grin. I nearly swooned.

There will never be another like him.

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13 Responses to RIP, Burt Bacharach

  1. ali redford says:

    And what a couple of events for you! I’m glad he was a good person, kind to kiddoes, and even recalling them. What a great person. His music made so many people of all ages happy.


  2. gruaud says:

    Great stories, TG. That is six kinds of awesome.

    That kind of pop isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I acknowledge and appreciate his genius. I admit that when I hear Dionne Warwick on the radio, I stop fiddling with the dial and listen every time.


  3. MDavis says:

    Ten, that’s an awesome story. You’ve had an interesting life and met some great people.
    I’m sorry for your loss – sorry for all of us.
    Lucky world to have had him for 95 years.

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  4. RevZafod says:

    Even more that when he wrote it.


  5. RevZafod says:

    BTW, his father Bert went to VMI, as did I, Class of 1962, a bit after Bert.


  6. quakerenelbasement says:

    That’s a great story. Not as great as the French grandma story, but still great.

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  7. Lucky you, TG.
    His musical works were/are the soundtracks of many of our lives since birth.
    Sucks that they’re phasing out his generation’s oldies/retro on the radio stations these days. That was quality stuff -actual music. Nowadays 80’s is the retro fodder.
    I digress … Burt Bacharach was the GOAT, a musical Midas -and the absolute idol of almost every music teacher I ever had. RIP, bud.


  8. My dad used to insist that Bacharach hung around our back door & heard my father’s doodlings on the piano & that’s where he got the chord changes for “This Guy’s in Love With You” … we all laughed at that, of course. My father was a HUGE Bacharach fan.

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