Manny P. here…
The songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David received the nation’s highest prize for popular music. The Library of Congress Gershwin Award was presented to the duo for their lifetime body of work. President Obama hosted Wednesday evening’s event at the White House, which included a celebratory concert by Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow (among others).
As with most successful songwriters, Bacharach and David provided widely regarded Standards for Hollywood. They created cinematic scores for The Blob, What’s New Pussycat, Alfie, Casino Royale, After the Fox, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Valley of the Dolls, and a remake of Lost Horizon. The duo also collaborated with producer David Merrick on the Broadway musical, Promises Promises. Many of their tunes became Top 10 hits for Dionne Warwick. Her voice delivered the Bacharach / David sound to generations of listeners.
Bacharach teamed with his third wife, Carole Bayer Sager, in development of the celluloid soundtracks for Arthur and Night Shift. Burt’s second wife was actress Angie Dickinson.
The award presented is named on behalf of legendary composers - George and Ira Gershwin.
Until next time> “never forget”