"What the world needs now is love sweet love
No not just for some but for everyone"
Remember that song? Burt Bacharach composed the music for it and Jackie DeShannon was the first to record and release it (April 15, 1965) after Dionne Warwick turned it down saying she felt it was "too country" for her tastes and too "preachy," though she did record it later.
An instrumental version of the song was featured regularly on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for many years, most frequently heard when pledge amounts were announced on the broadcast.
He also co-wrote "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," another set of uplifting lyrics which describes a person who overcomes his or her troubles and worries by realizing that "it won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me." B. J. Thomas took it to #1 in January of 1970.
Bacharach died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. He was 94.
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