My favorite musicians: #3

There may be some contrast from my #4 to my #3, but like Dylan, Burt Bacharach is an American icon who has transcended many eras and changes in musical taste. As someone who has written songs covered by both my #1 and #2 (who you may have guessed by now), Bacharach is best-known as a writer of soaring, emotional melodies. Walk On By, Don’t Make Me Over, The Look Of Love, I Say A Little Prayer For You…that’s not even scratching the surface of a massive oeuvre of perfect pop. The Bacharach legend has a huge supporting cast of co-writers and singers, with special mention of lyricist Hal David and singer Dionne Warwick. But as Bacharach prepares to celebrates his 90th birthday, he stands alone as one of the musical greats of any genre and time period.

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