Burt Bacharach, Writer of Such Classic Pop Hits as 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head,' Dies at 94

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Burt Bacharach waving to the crowd on stage, standing beside his piano.
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The music and entertainment world has lost a true legend of his craft. It has now been confirmed that renowned singer/songwriter/composer, Burt Bacharach, has passed away at the age of 94.

Burt is best remembered as one of the 20th century's most revered and important musical acts. His name and legacy will live on for generations through his impressive catalog and in the hearts and memories of those he leaves behind.

Iconic Composer And Songwriter, Burt Bacharach, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 94.

Burt Bacharach holding a copy of Daniel Silva's novel, standing in his living room while wearing a puffy winter jacket.
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Burt passed peacefully in his home of natural causes, surrounded by close friends and family members. His iconic career spanned more than four decades, during which he wrote and composed songs for some of the 20th century's most important and impactful artists. Without Burt, the world may have never come to know a multitude of groundbreaking and revered musicians, including the likes of Tom Jones and Neil Diamond.

Burt Was A Musical Jack Of All Trades, Pumping Out Multiple Hit Singles Across A Myriad Of Musical Genres.

Burt Bacharach sitting at his piano on stage.
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Some of Burt's biggest and most successful songs include "Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head," "(They Long To Be) Close to You," and the theme from the movie Arthur. The easy-listening legend, alongside collaborator Hal David, is also responsible for Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?" as well as Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Speaking Of Which, '90s Kids May Recognize Burt From His Memorable Cameo In Mike Myers' 'Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery'.

Burt played himself in the film and can be seen performing "What The World Needs Now Is Love" atop a double-decker bus while Austin dines with Ms. Kensington. Burt was even invited back for the sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, for a memorable rendition of Dionne Warwick's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," opposite Elvis Costello.

Over The Course Of His Storied Career, Burt Was The Recipient Of Nearly Every Major Musical Award Known To Man.

Burt's musical resume includes six Grammys and three Academy Awards, as well as the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which he received alongside Hal David—presented by the Library of Congress. In 2008, Burt was bestowed the title of "Greatest Living Composer" by the Grammys.

Burt's lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, Dionne Warwick, likened the loss of Burt to losing a family member. "My heartfelt condolences goes[sic] out to his family letting them know he is now peacefully resting and I too will miss him," Warwick told CNN.