Happy Birthday to legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, who celebrates his 94th birthday today (May 12th). Bacharach and Elvis Costello — along with Emmy Award-nominated writer and Two And A Half Men creator Chuck Lorre — are currently collaborating on a Broadway adaption of Bacharach and Costello's 1998 album, Painted From Memory, with an eye towards a Broadway run. No opening date or location has been announced.
In 2013, Bacharach was the subject of a PBS special Burt Bacharach's Music: My Best; published his autobiography, Anyone Who Had A Heart: My Life And Music; and released the career-spanning CD collection, The Art Of The Songwriter: Anyone Who Had A Heart – The Best Of Burt Bacharach.
Burt Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and as a child moved to Queens, New York. By the age of 12, he had studied cello, drums, and piano — although at the time he hated it. Bacharach hoped to play pro football, but was considered too small for the game.