Wednesday, January 29, 2020

‘Back to Bacharach’

29 January 2020

Burt Bacharach must rate amongst the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Now 91 years old – and still going strong – his catalogue of hit songs over more than 50 years is amazing. Last Saturday we were at The Stables in Milton Keynes to see ‘Back to Bacharach’ - a touring show that celebrates his music. An excellent band, featuring three singers who share the lead role, play songs originally made famous by Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Jack Jones, Herb Alpert, The Carpenters, Christopher Cross, Elvis Presley and many others. Much of this amazing back catalogue reflects Burt Bacharach’s long partnership with lyricist Hal David, but he also wrote some great songs with Carole Bayer Sager (who became his third wife). I’m not usually a fan of tribute bands, but ‘Back to Bacharach’ celebrate the composer, rather than imitating a particular artist. I always like a band that dances to its own music and ‘Back to Bacharach’ looked like they were having great fun on Saturday. And all their concerts raise money for the Breast Cancer Now charity.

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