Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach has passed away. Bacharach was best known for penning mega hits in the 1950s to the 1980s with his songwriting partner and lyricist Hal David.
Bacharach wrote classics like "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and "Walk On By," all best performed by Dionne Warwick, along with the Carpenters' "Close to You." He won an Oscar for best Original Song for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," performed by BJ Thomas for the Redford/Newman blockbuster "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The pop music legend died Feb. 8, 2023 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94.
For those of us who grew up in the 80's, our closest connection to his music was a version of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," which was a Top 10 Hit for the pop-synth band Naked Eyes in 1983. While there were many versions released in the late 60s and 70s, the Naked Eyes version was vastly different (almost unrecognizable) from previous takes.
Check out the Naked Eyes version, which we play on B101, along with older versions by Dionne Warwick, who sang the original demo for Bacharach, and R.B. Greaves, who had a Top 40 hit with the song in 1970.
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