Dominic Walker: Berlin and Bacharach
This week we’ll focus on two composers born this week in history, who have both significantly impacted the Great American Songbook: Irving Berlin, born 130 years ago, and Burt Bacharach who turns 90 on May 12.
Berlin published his first song in 1907 for which he received 33 cents. He went on to become one of the greatest songwriters in history, with countless classics like “Cheek to Cheek,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and, most notably, “White Christmas,”.
Bacharach got an early start on classical piano but was bitten by the jazz bug. Bacharach worked with singers Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence and others before becoming musical director for the actress and singer Marlene Dietrich.