Legendary American pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, whose prodigious work created a chart-topping soundtrack for the 1960s and 1970s, passed away at the age of 94. He was born on May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to New York in his early years. He studied and learned music at several American universities, before serving in the US Army in the post-World War II era. In 1957,he met songwriter Hal David, with whom they formed one of the most successful duos in music history.
His compositions included rock classics such as ‘Do You Know the Way to San Jose’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’. He worked with a constellation of stars during his long career, from Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin to Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones. He has won three Oscars (including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”), an Emmy, eight Grammy Awards and two Golden Globes.