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Master Class with Robert Shahid remembers Burt Bacharach, legendary composer of pop songs

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FILE - Composer Burt Bacharach performs in Milan, Italy on July 16, 2011. The Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning Bacharach died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at home in Los Angeles, publicist Tina Brausam said Thursday. He was 94. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Click the audio to hear Robert Shahid’s tribute to Bacharach on Master Class.

NEW YORK (AP) — Popular composer Burt Bacharach has died at 94.

Working with lyricist Hal David, Bacharach penned a long run of hit songs, many of them for Dionne Warwick. They include “Walk On By” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.”

The Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning Bacharach also helped write the themes for such films as “Arthur” and “What’s New, Pussycat?”

Bacharach died Wednesday, February 8 at home in Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Tina Brausam said.

Over the past 70 years, only Lennon-McCartney, Carole King and a handful of others rivaled his genius for instantly catchy songs that remained performed, played and hummed long after they were written.