Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello during 26th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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The Old-School Tech That Made Burt Bacharach And Elvis Costello's Collaboration Work
Songwriter and composer Burt Bacharach, famous for hits like “I Say A Little Prayer” and his work on films such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” passed away at 94 on February 9, 2023. Bacharach worked closely with fellow songwriter Elvis Costello for the 1996 movie “Grace of my Heart,” leading to a long-time collaboration between the two.
Bacharach and Costello created further tracks and even received a Grammy award for best pop collaboration with vocals. While the duo would find much success together, Bacharach and Costello never actually met in person during their first project — the song “God Give Me Strength” — and had to rely on tech from the time to work on the piece with one another.
In addition to living on a different continent, Costello was busy with other projects. However, as Bacharach shared, the duo made it work: “Elvis is terrific, a very good musician. He had a musical input as well as lyrical. We never got together in person, we just did it over the phone, answering machines, fax machines, and speaker phones. And it sounds great.”