I saw the news this morning of the passing of Burt Bacharach and tried to remember the music he birthed into the world.
Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the Kew Gardens section of New York City.
|Released in 1939, the |
Year of the Rabbit/Cat
"The Story of My Life" was the first successful collaboration between Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Although they did not set out to write a country song, their song was recorded by American country music singer Marty Robbins.
Ironically, "What's New Pussycat?" is the theme song for the eponymous movie, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and sung by Welsh singer Tom Jones. The original single included a 13-second instrumental introduction, ending in the sound of shattering glass, but later issues omitted this introduction.
I only just wrote a post about one of Tom Jones' other hit songs being banned -Why, Why, Why Deliliah?🐉🗡🐲
"What's New Pussycat?" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1966, and lost to "The Shadow of Your Smile":-)
Wendy Carlos recorded a version performed with a moog synthesizer on her album By Request (1975). This version features cat's meow voices imitated with a synthesizer:-)
By Request was released in 1975, the Year of the Rabbit/Cat and Wendy Carlos herself was born in 1939, the Year of the Rabbit/Cat.
And of course, Wendy's music is on the soundtrack of a lot of Stanley Kubrick movies.
Stanley passing away in 1999, the Year of the Rabbit/Cat, not to mention.
|The Pink Panther (1963)|
In 1982 Burt won an Oscar for the song Best That You Can Do – which features the memorable line, “When you get caught between the moon and New York City, the best that you can do is fall in love,” – from the film Arthur.