Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Carole Bayer Sager. discussing his memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music. Event was held at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles, visit: livetalksla.org
Burt Bacharach is a classically trained pianist whose songs and compositions have been recorded by the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Over the past six decades, his legendary songwriting has touched millions of devoted listeners all over the world. He has written more than seventy Top 40 hits and won three Academy Awards, eight Grammys (including one for lifetime achievement), and an Emmy, was nominated for a Tony, and received the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. “What the World Needs Now is Love,” Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “That’s What Friends are For” and “Walk on By” are just a handful of his hits.
In his memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Bacharach steps out from behind the music to give an honest, engaging look at his life—from a childhood in Forest Hills, New York, where he first fell in love with music after seeing Dizzy Gillespie perform to his work with Hal David, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, and many others to his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter. His memoir is the story of a man who has always expressed his deepest feelings through his music. His memoir offers a candid backstage look at show business as well as the personal struggles of an artist whose incredible body of work has earned him a unique position in the American cultural landscape. Visit his website.
Carole Bayer Sager’s songbook spans 40 years, and contains some of the period’s most popular and successful songs. From the Grammy-winning “That’s What Friends Are For,” the Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme,” and the Oscar-nominated/Golden Globe winning “The Prayer,” Carole’s songs have become pop standards.
Honors for her work also include a Tony Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Alumni Association.
One of the most prolific and poignant writers in pop history, Carole began her songwriting career while in high school. She wrote her first #1 hit, “A Groovy Kind of Love,” for the British group The Mindbenders in 1966. Phil Collins re-recorded it and took it to #1, and it was the most performed radio hit of 1990.In the 70s, Carole’s partnership with Burt Bacharach was fruitful, both professionally and personally. As husband and wife, they were one of songwriting’s most successful teams. They contributed the proceeds of “That’s What Friends are For” to AIDS research, more than $3 million to date.
In addition to her philanthropic work, Carole began painting in 2006, and what began as a hobby has become a full-time passion. She lives in LA and NY with her husband, the media executive Bob Daly. Her son Cristopher Bacharach is now 27.
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