Anyone Who Had a Heart LP: My Life and Music
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In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life.
From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits.
Candid and emotional, and with 16 pages of color photographs, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music is Burt Bacharach in his own words—a powerful and personal look at the award-winning songwriter and composer.
I kept some songs she had been doing forever, like “Lola,” “Lili Marlene,” and “The Boys in the Back Room,” but added standards like “You’re the Cream in My Coffee,” “My Blue Heaven,” “One for My Baby,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and of course, “Falling in Love Again,” which Marlene had first sung in Josef von Sternberg’s classic film The Blue Angel in 1930. We opened in Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel and the show went really well. Marlene was a smash. It was a
York, give me a call.” At that point, there were no tom-toms going. In late February 1965, Burt called me and said, “I’m coming out to L.A. Can we have dinner?” I said, “I can make it Monday or Wednesday,” and he said, “How about Monday and Wednesday?” Charm all the way. I laughed and said, “So, Monday.” And on Monday, we went to Chianti, a great restaurant on Melrose in West Hollywood, for dinner. And then on Friday night, we went to Chez Jay, and that was the crucial night because he was
David’s personal collection) Chapter 11 What’s It All About? I have never had a song come to me fully formed, in a blinding flash of inspiration. What I do is tinker. I fiddle. If a melody comes too easily to me, I don’t think it’s any good, so I turn it upside down and look at it in the middle of the night. A pop song is a short form so everything counts. You can get away with murder in a forty-five-minute piece but not in a three-and-a-half-minute song. Some songs just beat
sat next to Henry Kissinger at dinner and while we were performing, Reagan fell asleep. Carole was intensely social. Early on in our relationship, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were appearing together in a play in Los Angeles and I knew Elizabeth, though not all that well. Carole asked me if she could meet her and I introduced them to one another at the theater. After we found out Elizabeth was living down the street from us on Nimes Road, she and Carole became really close friends and
the pool, I was in the gym, I was completely happy. Burt had a racing form delivered to the room every day and he told me, “Read that form and figure out how it works and then we’ll talk about it when I get back.” He taught me a whole lot early on and I’m still learning. The first really great horse I had was Heartlight No. 1, who won the Eclipse Award for three-year-old filly of the year. To get the Eclipse Award, we had to beat the top horses on the east coast so I took Heartlight No. 1 to