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    Burt Bacharach, Veteran and Legendary Composer of Pop Songs, Dies at 94

    Burt Bacharach, Veteran and Legendary Composer of Pop Songs, Dies at 94

    NEW (AP) — Burt Bacharach, the singularly gifted and popular composer who delighted millions with the quirky arrangements and unforgettable melodies of “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to Jose” and dozens of other hits, has died at 94.

    The Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning Bacharach died Wednesday at home in Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Tina Brausam said Thursday.

    It was his music and talent that may have literally saved Bacharach's life early in his career. He was drafted into the Army in the late 1940s and was still on active duty during the Korean War. But officers stateside soon learned of his gifts and wanted him around.

    When he did go overseas, it was to , where he wrote orchestrations for a recreation center on the local military base. He served for two years.

    Over the past 70 years, only Lennon-McCartney, Carole King and a handful of others rivaled Bacharach's genius for instantly catchy songs that remained performed, played and hummed long after they were written. He had a run of top 10 hits from the 1950s into the 21st century, and his music was heard everywhere from movie soundtracks and radios to home stereo systems and iPods, whether “Alfie” and “I Say a Little Prayer” or “I'll Never Fall in Love Again” and “This Guy's in Love with You.”

    Dionne Warwick was his favorite interpreter, but Bacharach, usually in tandem with lyricist David, also created prime…

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