He's Ba-ack

Burt Bacharach's swanky pop stylings return to hipness

Bacharach, of course, needs little validation. One listen to his collection of pop songs is all it takes to realize he is a master songwriter. His songs are becoming American Popular Standards, a term usually reserved for music by the likes of Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and George Gershwin. To that end, Bacharach has become a living legend of sorts.

"Whenever I hear something like that it's very flattering," Bacharach says. "It also makes me a little nervous, and I'm not sure about that position for me. Somebody mentions Cole Porter and me in the same breath. That's kind of like all too powerful and a little intimidating for me, and I'm not ready to accept that. I can't. But let me say that maybe if the world chooses to, hey," he says with a laugh, "I'm certainly grateful."

Burt Bacharach performs with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. Call (713)224-4240 for ticket information.

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