Burt Bacharach is an American composer and singer who has had an extremely prolific career since one of his songs became a No. 1 hit on the US country charts in 1957. Probably most well-known for his song arranging, Bacharach's characteristic style relies heavily on odd chord progressions, syncopated rhythms and a hefty reliance on slightly unusual brass instruments like the flugelhorn. A songwriter who can always be counted on to produce a listener-friendly hit, Bacharach has written songs for notable singers like Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Barbara Streisand, amongst others. Creating a style of music that could fall under the neoclassical-jazz category, the talented songsmith has also helped score a number of well-known films, such as Casino Royale and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
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