Saturday, January 21, 2012

Burt Bacharach working on memoir

Grammy-winning songwriter Burt Bacharach has signed a deal to pen his memoirs, it has been announced.

HarperCollins said the book will be called Anyone Who Had a Heart, named after the song Bacharach and lyricist Hal David wrote for Dionne Warwick.

The publisher said the 83-year-old would open up about his success and personal life, as well as the bitter partnership break up with David.

The memoir is due to be published in November.

Bacharach has collaborated on dozens of hits including I Say a Little Prayer, What the World Needs Now, Walk On By and Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head.

During his career he has won eight Grammys and three Oscars for his musical efforts on 1981 film Arthur and 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

His songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys and the cast of Glee.

HarperCollins said Robert Greenfield, whose biography of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun came out in 2011, will assist with the book for a story "told in Bacharach's own words".

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