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Burt Bacharach

Composer, Songwriter, Pianist
12 May 1928 to 8 February 2023

An American composer and chart-topping songwriter, whose incredible musical career spanned six decades. While Burt Bacharach was not a prolific film score composer compared to his other musical output, he did make a mark, winning a BAFTA and two Academy Awards (for Original Score and Original Song) for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and earning a BAFTA nomination and another Oscar win for Arthur (1981). He was also Oscar nominated for songs appearing in What’s New Pussycat (1965), Alfie (1966) and Casino Royale (1967). Other films he composed the scores for included Lost Horizon (1973), Night Shift (1982), Love Hurts (1990) and A Boy Called Po (2016). His songs have appeared in more than 700 films and television series.

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