8 Songs You Had No Idea Were Written By Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach — the legendary songwriter who wrote hits for Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Jackie DeShannon, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield and more — died Wednesday, February 8. He was 94.
Bacharach wrote or co-wrote so many classic pop songs, like B.J Thomas’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and Dusty Springfield’s “The Look of Love”.
Bacharach’s biggest hits were recorded by Dionne Warwick. Those song include “Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose, “Promises, Promises” and more.
“In 1956, at the age of 28, Bacharach’s productivity increased when composer Peter Matz recommended him to Marlene Dietrich, who needed an arranger and conductor for her nightclub shows. He then became part-time music director for Dietrich, the actress and singer who had been an international screen star in the 1930s. They toured worldwide off and on until the early 1960s. When they were not touring, he wrote songs. As a result of his collaboration with Dietrich, he gained his first major recognition as a conductor and arranger.”
He also wrote possibly the MOST sexist song on the planet.
I discovered this song about 18 years ago. My sister and I were new moms and at our mother’s house. Our husbands were coming home from work soon and my mother asked if we were going to change or do our hair. Something like that.
And we laughed in her face.
And then she started SINGING THIS SONG TO US:
What’s he saying?
Hey! Little GirlComb your hair, fix your makeup Soon he will open the door Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger You needn’t try anymoreFor wives should always be lovers tooRun to his arms the moment he comes home to you I’m warning youDay after dayThere are girls at the office And men will always be men Don’t send him off with your hair still in curlers You may not see him againFor wives should always be lovers tooRun to his arms the moment he comes home to you He’s almost hereHey! Little girlBetter wear something pretty Something you’d wear to go to the city and Dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music Time to get ready for love
Anyway, Burt Bacharach also is responsible for a few songs you’d be surprised were his.