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"He writes in hat sizes. Seven and three-fourths." Frank Sinatra on Burt Bacharach

Mitchell Cohen, Rock's Backpages, 27 April 2013

IF THE DETAILS of Burt Bacharach's romantic escapades — and there were many, since as Sammy Cahn once said, Burt was the only songwriter who didn't look like a dentist, and his charms were not lost on an array of women — don't particularly interest you, you can flip through his new memoir, Anyone Who Had A Heart and get to the really important stuff: his agonizing and intense and perfectionist approach to writing songs, crafting arrangements and producing records.

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