One of the most important composers of the 20th century!

Burt Bacharach is an American composer, producer, and pianist who’s written hundreds of well known songs starting in the late 1950s and still going strong.

A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, his songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists. Because of this, Bacharach is widely considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century.

His most well known hits include Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Walk On By, Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do), That’s What Friends Are For, What The World Needs Now, and I Say A Little Prayer.


Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) & (They Long To Be) Close To You

Written for the motion picture Arthur, starring Liza Minnelli and Dudley Moore, Arthur’s Theme bagged an Oscar for best song i 1981.

Sung by Christopher Cross, the gorgeous Arthur’s Theme is one of Bacharach’s greatest master pieces. It topped the American Billboard charts and reached the top ten the world over.

In Close To You, we find yet another one of Bacharach’s master pieces.

Released by several artists before Carpenters launched their career with it, (They Long To Be) Close To You hit the top spot in the charts and beat both The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to a Grammy Award in 1971.


Still going strong

You may think that Bacharach’s career was over and done with as we entered the new millennium but as late as 2020, he released a 5-Song EP with Daniel Tashian entitled Blue Umbrella.

This is by far my favorite record of that year. The three songs, Bells Of St. Augustine, Whistling In The Dark and the title track Blue Umbrella are all sensational compositions and amazing sounding recordings.

Sadly, this EP hasn’t taken the world by storm, perhaps it just needs more time to enter the public domain, just like it took Burt a while to get Close To You going, half a century earlier.


Arthur’s Theme – Chords & Guitar Lessons

This is a feast of chord progressions, extensions and clever key changes.

To fully understand this masterpiece you have to name each chord as a roman numeral and keep track of all of those very clever modulations.

Go to Arthur’s Theme – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Lyrics

Once in your life you find her
Someone that turns your heart around
And next thing you know you’re closing down the town
Wake up and it’s still with you

Go to Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Lyrics.


Close To You – Chords & Guitar Lessons

Carpenters Close To You was written by Burt Bacharach so we are in for some clever chordal movement here.

Starting off with an Asus2 chord, Bacharach cleverly disguises where the tonal center is since a sus2 chord could be pretty much any of the chords from the key.

Go to Close To You – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


Close To You – Lyrics

Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time, you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you

Go to Close To You – Lyrics.

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