From the Land of Band Box Records

Burt Bacharach & Hal David

March 24, 2013

Bacharach & David

Bacharach & David

Burt Bacharach & Hal David weren’t cut from a similar cloth as the other Brill Building hit makers.  They weren’t the adventurous teens (Leiber & Stoller), nor the rock and roll hipsters (Goffin & King, Mann & Weil, Barry & Greenwich).  They didn’t emerge from a young pop group (Sedaka and the Tokens).  Bacharach was born in Kansas city in 1928 and David – while a New Yorker like many of the others – was from a different generation – born in 1921. Hal experienced some limited success before coming into contact with Burt – composing for the likes of Mel Torme, Teresa Brewer and Frankie Laine.  Burt on the other hand was a newcomer just waiting to happen.  Their first hit collaboration set the stage.  They had met at the Brill Building a year before they composed the number 1 country hit “The Story of My Life” by Marty Robbins.  The song would also rise into the Hot 100 Top 20 – peaking at number 15.

And they were on their way!  Hal David passed away in 2012.  Visit the Bacharach/David Brill Building tribute page and discography.

Como, Perry - 1958 #4 UK #1 Cross, Christopher - 1981 #1 UK #7 Franklin, Aretha - 1968 #10 rb #3 uk #4

From Como to Cross – the Versatile Bacharach and David

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