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Star-Studded Burt Bacharach Special to Premiere on PBS This Saturday

Image courtesy of Courtesy of TJL Productions (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy of TJL Productions (via ABC News Radio)

A new television special celebrating the music of legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach is scheduled to premiere this Saturday on PBS.  The program, My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best , will feature archival footage of a selection of pop superstars singing various classic tunes co-written by the 85-year-old composer.

The special, which is hosted by veteran actor Robert Wagner , boasts rare clips from television shows that aired during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.  Among the many artists featured on the show are frequent Bacharach collaborator Dionne Warwick , plus Stevie Wonder , Elton John , Gladys Knight , The Carpenters , The Fifth Dimension , Tom Jones , Dusty Springfield and B.J. Thomas .

From his work with longtime lyricist Hal David through his later collaborations with such fellow songwriters as his ex-wife Carole Bayer Sager , Bacharach was responsible for co-writing dozens of memorable hits.  This past month saw the publication of Burt's new memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart , while a companion two-CD compilation titled The Art of the Songwriter also was released.

Here is a list of songs and artists featured in the My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best special.  Check your local listings for when it airs in your area:

"Walk On By" -- Dionne Warwick
"I Say a Little Prayer" -- Dionne Warwick
"Any Day Now" -- Chuck Jackson
"What's New Pussycat?" -- Tom Jones
"The Look of Love" -- Dusty Springfield
"This Guy's In Love with You" -- Herb Alpert
"This Girl's In Love with You" -- Dionne Warwick
"Alfie" -- Dionne Warwick
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" -- B.J. Thomas
"One Less Bell to Answer" -- The Fifth Dimension
"What the World Needs Now Is Love" -- Jackie DeShannon
"(They Long to Be) Close to You" -- The Carpenters
"A House Is Not a Home" -- Burt Bacharach and Dusty Springfield
"Arthur's Theme" -- Christopher Cross and Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager
"That's What Friends Are For" -- Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" -- Burt Bacharach and orchestra

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