Dionne Warwick pays tribute to composer Burt Bacharach

Dionne Warwick paid tribute Thursday to late composer Burt Bacharach, the important musician behind her signature hits “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.”

“Burt’s transition is like losing a family member,” the legendary 82-year-old singer stated Thursday in an announcement to The Times. “These words I’ve been asked to write are being written with sadness over the loss of my Dear Friend and my Musical Partner.”

Bacharach, who died Wednesday at age 94, labored carefully with Warwick and late lyricist Hal David on a string of impeccable singles, starting with “Don’t Make Me Over” in late 1962.

Warwick was solely a backup singer when the songwriting companions initially enlisted her on their demo information. She went on to attain hits with difficult and effervescent songs equivalent to “Walk on By,” “You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart),” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Alfie,” “Promises, Promises,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Message to Michael” and “Trains and Boats and Planes.”

“On the lighter side we laughed a lot and had our run ins but always found a way to let each other know our family like roots were the most important part of our relationship,” Warwick stated. “My heartfelt condolences go out to his family letting them know he is now peacefully resting and I too will miss him.”

Bacharach beforehand stated the trio he comprised with Warwick and David was “lucky.”

“It was a case of all the right people in the right place at the right time. Hal and I found the perfect partnership, and Dionne was the perfect voice for our songs,” he stated in a 1987 interview with the Chicago Tribune.

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In a 2021 interview with The Times, Warwick stated that she and Bacharach turned pleasant once more after preventing over music and a lawsuit over a contract dispute.

“We fell out, we fell back in,” she stated on the time. “Burt and I are more family than friends.”

Warwick, who has change into one thing of a Twitter maven, is the topic of the HBO Max documentary “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over.”

Earlier this week, Warwick and beloved nation star Dolly Parton launched the gospel duet “Peace Like a River.”