The 1960s was a golden age for female vocalists. And for an outstanding songwriting team: arranger and composer Burt Bacharach and songwriter Hal David. Their iconic partnership with Dionne Warwick was especially fruitful but the prolific duo also yielded hits for Cilla Black (Anyone Who Had a Heart and Alfie), Dusty Springfield (The Look of Love from Casino Royale), Karen Carpenter (Close to You), Herb Alpert (This Guy’s in Love with You), B.J. Thomas (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head written for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Aretha Franklin (I Say A Little Prayer), Tom Jones (What’s New, Pussycat?); Engelbert Humperdinck (I’m a Better Man); Sandie Shaw (Always Something There to Remind Me); Jack Jones (Wives and Lovers); Jackie DeShannon (What the World Needs Now Is Love); Gene Pitney (Only Love Can Break a Heart); and Bobbie Gentry (I’ll Never Fall in Love Again). Bacharach later penned Arthur’s Theme (sung by Christopher Cross) with his third wife, lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, and That’s What Friends Are For (sung by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Elton John) proceeds of which were donated to AIDS research.
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