By Burt Bacharach

In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of many maximum songwriters of all time, deals a frank and riveting account of his remarkable life.

From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach info his long-lasting luck in addition to the never-before-told tales at the back of the hits.

Candid and emotional, and with sixteen pages of colour pictures, Anyone Who Had a middle: My existence and Music is Burt Bacharach in his personal words—a robust and private examine the award-winning songwriter and composer.

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Once they left, all of us went to a champagne reception. President and Mrs. Obama couldn't attend since it used to be overdue, and the explanation their daughters had no longer been on the express was once that it used to be a college evening. after we left the White condo, it was once pouring rain. We acquired again into the van and went to dinner. Then Jane and that i went off for a bit holiday in Puerto Rico. I have been to the White residence earlier than with Carole to play for President Reagan, yet for me this adventure used to be on a wholly varied point. through the George W. Bush period, I had performed a charity occasion in a lodge ballroom in Dallas. i used to be behind the curtain ready to move on whilst Laura Bush got here again to determine me with Cherie Blair, the spouse of Tony Blair, the major minister of britain, and one other girl who was once a pal of theirs. the 3 of them began making a song my songs to me like they have been the Andrews Sisters and that i idea that was once extraordinary. under a 12 months later, I went to Washington for the Kennedy middle Honors, the place Elizabeth Taylor used to be being venerated, and that i was once going to play piano for Dionne as she sang “That’s What acquaintances Are For. ” As we went into the White condominium to satisfy President and Mrs. Bush, i used to be telling Jane, “Laura Bush was once making a song my songs to me in Dallas so i do know she’ll feel free to determine me. ” We have been all status in line and while she got here as much as me, Laura Bush didn’t have a clue who i used to be however the president acknowledged, “I like your song. ” A couple of months after the Gershwin Prize rite, I went to a small fund-raiser in la for President Obama, thrown through Ryan Murphy, who did the tv convey Nip/Tuck. there have been approximately 80 humans at Ryan’s condominium and that i acknowledged to Jane, “We’re going to get our photograph taken back with the president. ” i used to be sitting there consuming dinner and in advance of the president began to converse, i spotted my knife were taken away. as the president had simply are available in the room, everyone’s knives unexpectedly disappeared. while the time got here for Jane and me to have our photograph involved in the president, I stated to her, “Do you think that he’ll take into account me? ” She stated, “Of direction he'll. ” We went again to work out him and the president couldn’t were nicer. He gave me a major hug and acknowledged, “How’s Hal? Is he out of the health facility? ” i presumed that used to be excellent. the guy has nice air of mystery and all i will be able to say is that i'm form of in love with the man. a few weeks after Jane and that i got here again from Puerto Rico, I talked to Hal at the mobile. Then I did a profit exhibit on the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood with 5 different composers, J. D. Souther, Sergio Mendes, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds between them, for the success Fund, a charity that is helping approximately thousand deprived teenagers a 12 months. I walked in and an individual informed me Hal was once there. I went over and instructed him how satisfied i used to be that he was once out of the health center. Hal didn’t glance that groovy yet he may possibly communicate in brief sentences, so i may speak with him. whilst I bought up onstage, I talked much approximately him earlier than I sang “Alfie. ” About per week and a part later, Jane and that i have been within the vehicle on our option to Hollywood Park whilst I obtained a decision from Dionne in London.

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