An Evening With Burt Bacharach – Hammersmith Apollo – 2019 – Past Daily Sunday Special
Burt Bacharach – with Joss Stone and guest vocals – Hammersmith Apollo – July 26, 2019 – BBC Radio 2 –
Something special this weekend. With the passing of the legendary Burt Bacharach, it’s been an almost constant stream of songs which became so much a part of all our lives. Some we knew within seconds, others we never realized they were written by Burt Bacharach and were immediately brought back to the time and place we first heard them. It’s been a lot of music, bringing up a lot of times and a lot of realizations that Burt Bacharach (and his writing partner Hal David, let’s don’t forget) played an enormous part in American music in the 1960s – songs that have become standards – those works that have withstood the test of time and have gone on to be part of our collective tapestry – music that will be around for a very long time.
So there’s been a lot of reminding going on this week. A lot of places and times and feelings. I ran across this concert, performed by Burt Bacharach (at the piano) along with the BBC Orchestra and featuring guest vocals by Joss Stone, along with Donna Taylor, John Pagano, Josie James, Bill Cantos, Oliver Bacharach and of course, the man himself.
Two hours worth of instant recognition. Two hours worth of the magic that was Burt Bacharach. But further evidence that music is capable of effortlessly leaving an indelible mark on us – the go-to collective sigh.
So for the next two hours, enjoy and take this one with you. And remember the spirit and artistry that was Burt Bacharach – he’ll always be around.
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