Brad Mehldau, "Finding Gabriel" (Nonesuch)
The Bible has inspired a lot of music, none of which sounds quite like this.
Shape-shifting jazz pianist Brad Mehldau says he drew from...
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Once vowing not to record anymore, Elvis Costello is back
NEW YORK (AP) — Besides the fact that he's still here, Elvis Costello's fans can be grateful that he's open to changing his mind.
While something short of a vow, Costello said in 2010 that he didn't plan to record anymore. Yet on Friday, he releases "Look Now," his second disc since that declaration. The lush showcase for his backing band, the Imposters, is musically inspired by Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis" and has a renewed collaboration with Burt Bacharach at its heart.
School shootings inspire new Bacharach song
NEW YORK (AP) — At age 90, Burt Bacharach hasn't lost faith in the power of music.
"Music softens the heart, makes you feel something if it's good, brings in emotion that you might not have felt before," he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "It's a very powerful thing if you're able to do to it, if you have it in your heart to do something like that."
Broadway performers plan protest outside the White House
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway's biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest.
The group will sing "The People's Song" from "Les Miserables," Burt Bacharach's "What the World Needs Now Is Love," ''A Brand New Day" from "The Wiz" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from "The Sound of Music" from Lafayette Park.
Today in History for May 12th
5 California Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. DEPORTED MARINE
Former Marine deported to Mexico 15 years ago will return to U.S. after regaining permanent residency.
Potentially dangerous winds expected to return to area of the huge Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County.
Bacharach, Costello team up on musical benefit for horses
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello are teaming up for a musical benefit for victims of the San Luis Rey Downs training track fire this month that killed nearly 50 horses and injured their caretakers.
The event on Jan. 17 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, a mile from Del Mar racetrack, will be hosted by actress Bo Derek, a former member of the California Horse Racing Board. She and Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston will preside over an auction before the show.
Today in History for May 12th
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney's "Flowers in the Dirt" box is as much an archeology project as a reissue, in which listeners can discover the bones of a landmark album that could have been made but wasn't.
Before the election, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones were in the studio recording a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Are they prophets? No, just observant. (Hey, they named an album “Pay Attention” for a reason.)
Ahead of the Boston ska kings’ 19th Hometown Throwdown — Dec. 28-30 at House of Blues — the guys wanted to give their fans a little something special in time for the holidays. They also felt the message was pretty on point.
Review: Rumer expertly cuddles Bacharach & David catalog
Rumer, "This Girl's in Love: A Bacharach & David Song Book" (Rhino Records)
Rumer sprinkles moon dust over a dozen tunes from the Bacharach/David catalog, putting her smooth imprint on songs of love and heartbreak. Rumer and husband/producer Rob Shirakbari opt mostly for subtle changes in tempo or mood on tunes best known in versions by the likes of Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters and Jackie DeShannon.
Songwriter Sager reflects on music, marriage, friendships
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager had no idea how many stories she had to tell until she worked on her memoir.
Review: Smooth grooves rule on Herb Alpert’s ‘Human Nature’
Herb Alpert, "Human Nature" (Herb Alpert Presents)
Why mess with success?
Pop-jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert has sold records by the truckload since the 1960s, and if his easy-listening style has become a byword for elevator music, that doesn't make it any less influential.
Pharrell to be honored by Clive Davis for songwriting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell has a new reason to be "Happy."
Clive Davis is honoring the "Happy" and "Freedom" singer-songwriter with his Legend in Songwriting Award.
Pharrell is scheduled to receive the honor from the veteran music executive at the 12th annual Songs of Hope event on Sept. 15. The annual event benefits the City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases in Duarte, California.