I was explaining to my daughter about the Bacharach-Warwick hitmaking combo. She is very much a cultural historian, and I was trying to convey to her how that duo very much epitomized a certain aspect of the 60s.

But doing so also got me thinking about their hits. Sometimes they were a bit kitschy, but at their best...

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you...

If I ever write three lines that good, my Lord can take me from the earth that day, and I will not complain.

And this makes me break down and cry, when the duo greets each other:

By the way, Paul Griffin, who played piano on an incredible number of hits ("Peg," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "American Pie," etc.) once said he was always amazed when Bacharach called him in to play piano, since Bacharach was such a tremendous piano player himself.


  1. Any particular reason you did not mention Hal David?

    1. No... I just always seem to forget him! Not sure why!