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Burt Bacharach is born

Living in a world of Burt

He’s nearly as old as the Queen, but, let’s face it, he's written a lot more bangers than she ever will. And worn a lot more turtlenecks. Today we salute the genius of Burt Bacharach, who was born on this day in 1928. Burt started penning hit songs in 1957 (Marty Robbins’ The Story of my Life) and has carried on bothering the charts ever since (his album At This Time won a Grammy in 2006). Along the way he’s had 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits. Which is not too shabby.The Look of Love, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie, Say a Little Prayer, Walk On By, these are just some of the insanely amazing songs that Burt wrote with Hal David for iconic singers like Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, The Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones. There are dozens more. And he’s still going strong. He recently rocked the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.