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Burt Bacharach Dies at 94

Updated: Mar 16

Legendary musician, songwriter and composer Burt Bacharach has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

The six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century popular music.

In 1997 Mike Patton listed Bacharach in a 'my record collection' article for Kerrang! magazine as a choice he would play after 'a night on the raz', boldly saying "Maybe something by Burt Bacharach. If you don't like his stuff, you don't know shit."

In 2001 Mike Patton made a request via Kerrang! magazine, "I'd love to work with Burt Bacharach. Hook me up, man." Sadly this never happened yet however over the years Patton has paid tribute to his muse by performing several versions of his songs.

Faith No More first played their cover of This Guy's In Love With You during the Album Of The Year tour on September 16th 1997 at 9.30 Club in Washington DC. It has since become a regular song in their set, and their faithful version of the original, written by Bacharach and Hal David - recorded by Herb Alpert in 1968, has become a fan favourite. A live recording of the song was included on the 1998 Who Cares A Lot? greatest hits compilation.

The only studio recording of the song was in 2015 when the band performed live for Radio 1 Rock Show at Maida Vale in London.

Mr. Bungle added the Bacharach song What The World Needs Now to their live set circa January 2000 in support of their third album California.

Patton also sang a version of She's Gone Away on the 1997 Tzadik release Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach.

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