One of the most popular and well-known songwriters of all time was Burt Bacharach. Some of the biggest artists in music have covered his tunes, making them timeless classics. Today we bid a true legend farewell. Burt, thank you for all the lovely songs; you will be terribly missed. Did you know that Burt Bacharach was experiencing a great deal of grief as he was writing his well-known love songs? He was going through a number of divorces and his 40-year-old autistic daughter committed suicide.
The legendary songwriter, who was 94, passed away on Wednesday. Including Dusty Springfield’s I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself and Aretha Franklin’s I Say A Little Prayer, he was the composer of some of the most well-known love ballads ever.
Burt Bacharach wrote some of the greatest love songs of the last generation or so during the course of his composing career. He created a lot of memorable melodies that are still used in hit songs today. Few people are aware, though, that Bacharach himself endured a great deal of heartache. He battled through three divorces before he eventually met “the one.” Bacharach’s fourth wife remained his wife for thirty years and stood by his side as a loyal companion right up to his passing.
Bacharach was also extremely grieved by the suicide of his autistic 40-year-old daughter, Nikki. Because of this tragedy, he reexamined his life and resolved to make each song he composed count. He wrote a lot of songs in her honor. Many people didn’t comprehend the sorrow underlying his love ballads, despite the fact that they always seemed to be filled with emotion. 2007 saw her suicide death.
Bacharach would have to cope with jealously from his partners for the female musicians he would write songs for in addition to his battle to find love. His life was also marred by numerous scandals and infidelities, which prevented him from finding a fulfilling marriage until his latter years.
Bacharach gave birth to a daughter as his first child in 1966. It “changed him in ways he didn’t even understand.” Additionally, the kid made his profession in the music business look “unimportant.”
The renowned singer admitted in a 2013 interview with Daily Mail that by the time his daughter turned three, he “definitely felt something about her was off.” “My daughter was getting weirder and weirder,” he said, “but I didn’t know what to do about it.”
Before his daughter’s Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis, Bacharach had no idea what was wrong with her for the following thirty years. She committed suicide six years later by encasing her head in a plastic bag that had been filled with nitrous gas.
Burt Bacharach will always be remembered for the incredible music he created throughout his lengthy career. His love songs continue to unite people and generate enduring memories. We offer our sympathies to his family and friends during this trying time.