Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Burt Bacharach Day

It's the 20th of the month, Burt Bacharach Day - and also a happy 70th birthday to the great Brian Wilson. 

Once Brian and Burt wrote a song together - and here it is.

I can't think of Burt playing any of Brian's songs on piano offhand, but among many unfinished projects by The Beach Boys, there was, indeed, a cover of "Walk On By". I love it - especially how Brian Wilson adapts those "Four Freshman/Hi-Los" style vocal parts to the sophisticated harmonies of Burt Bacharach.

Brian also wrote a song for his Gershwin tribute album which actually strikes me more as a loving tribute to Burt, as well as a companion piece to "That's What Friends Are For".

Since Brian's colleague and friend Sir Paul McCartney turned 70 a couple of days ago, so it's fitting that we pay tribute here to them - as well as Burt.

Thanks a million, Sir Paul, Brian and Burt for making this world a better place!

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