A classically-trained composer/pianist, most famous for
his songwriting partnership with Hal David, which resulted in
many 60's pop masterpieces - the main recipient was Dionne Warwick, but
songs also graced soundtracks and a Neil Simon musical. The Bacharach/David team has produced mainly L.A. schmaltz since then (as did the partnership with then-wife Carole Bayer Sager); it took Elvis Costello to slap him silly and return him to greatness.