Legendary American pop composer Burt Bacharach passes away at 94

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Legendary American pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, whose prodigious work created a chart-topping soundtrack for the 1960s and 1970s, died in Los Angeles at the age of 94 on 9 February.

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  • His compositions included rock classics such as 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose' and 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head'.

  • He worked with a constellation of stars during his long career, from Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin to Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones.

  • He has won three Oscars (including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), an Emmy, eight Grammy Awards and two Golden Globes.

  • He was born on May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to New York in his early years.

  • He studied and learned music at several American universities, before serving in the US Army in the post-World War II era.

  • In 1957,he met songwriter Hal David, with whom they formed one of the most successful duos in music history.

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