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posted Friday, March 16, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 11
The Greatest Hits Man: Burt Bacharach has a deep catalog of classic songs to play when he performs this coming week at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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The Greatest Hits Man: Burt Bacharach has a deep catalog of classic songs to play when he performs this coming week at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

BURT BACHARACH
DIMITRIOU'S JAZZ ALLEY
March 22-25


Even if his name doesn't sound familiar, there's a very, very good chance you've heard one of his songs. In fact, I know for sure that you've heard one of his songs. If you sang in high school choir, watched a good Hollywood romance comedy danced at a wedding reception, waited for your name to be called in a doctor's office, or shopped for groceries at any time in your life, you've listened to a Burt Bacharach song. They are everywhere.

Bacharach is the LeBron James of songwriting, a highly regarded lyricist and composer who is responsible for some of the biggest hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s; songs that are still being discovered and reinvented by new generations of fans.

Here are just some of the tunes written, co-written, composed, or arranged by Bacharach with the original recording artist: 'They Long to Be (Close to You)' (Richard Chamberlain, also recorded by The Carpenters), 'Walk on By' (Dionne Warwick), 'Alfie' (Cilia Black, also recorded by Cher), 'The Look of Love' (Dusty Springfield, also recorded by Diana Krall), 'I Say A Little Prayer' (Dionne Warwick), 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' (BJ Thomas, Academy Award winner), 'Arthur's Theme (Best That Can You Can Do)' (Christopher Cross, Academy Award winner) and 'That's What Friends Are For' (Rod Stewart, also recorded by Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Carole Bayer Sager). He also co-penned my favorite Neil Diamond hit, 1982's 'Heartlight.'

I could go on and on, seriously. There are many more songs that revert to Bacharach, too many to list. Which means that when the legendary artist, who has recorded some of his own material, as well, arrives at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley this week he has a lot to choose from, he could pull just about anything out of a hat.

Bacharach is the recipient of multiple Grammys, Oscars and Lifetime Achievement Awards. He also earned a Tony nomination for the 1968 musical Promises, Promises. As if that isn't enough, he collaborated on several occasions with the one and only cinematic icon Marlene Dietrich.

Bacharach is performing one show on each of the four nights he's in town - March 22, 23, 24 and 25 - at Jazz Alley, Each show begins at 7:30pm. To the best of my knowledge, he's appearing alone with no backup musicians, but don't quote me on that. Reservations were still available at press time.

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, an intimate dining and music venue with table and bar seating, is located at 2022 6th Avenue. Free parking is available one block from the venue at the secured Westin Building garage. For more information, phone (206) 441-0729 or visit www.jazzalley.com.

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