Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics
Best known as the composer (with lyricist Hal David) of such 1960s hits as Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By," Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love," and the Carpenters' "Close to You," Burt Bacharach wrote the music for over 700 published songs, which have been recorded by some 2,000 artists - from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to the Beatles and the Supremes. Song By Song is a witty, cheeky song-by-song journey through Bacharach's vast recorded oeuvre, from Nat "King" Cole's little-known 1952 version of 'Once in a Blue Moon" to Burt's recent collaborations with Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett and Chicago.
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This book is very informative on the song by song basis as it's written. Fine book and an essential element to explain/grasp American popular culture.
The above stated, review of "Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" omits the name of the fiddle player. His fiddling made the song what it is.. Anyone know the name of the fiddler?
Very good read.Listened to his music for so long,it seemed more than fitting to read.