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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply


    Today, boys and girls, I’d like to honor two distinguished BURTs who have left their unique mark in their respective fields….but first, here’s a distinguished Bert who’s a different kettle of fish in his own right:

    Thank you, Bert, for ‘e‘asing us into this tribute to our honorees. Let us now introduce the first of our two ‘u‘ Burts, the Burt-man of actors, BURT LANCASTER:

    Lancaster was born in 1913 in NYC. He starred in his first film (“The Killers”) in 1946 and went on to appear in 85 movies in his long career, also directing 3 and producing 23. Oddly enough,  I never thought of him as one of my favorite actors, yet he starred in some of my all-time favorite films: ELMER GANTRY (1960/Academy Award for Best Actor), JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961), THE SWIMMER (1968), ATLANTIC CITY (1980), and LOCAL HERO (1983). His last film was FIELD OF DREAMS (1989).

    Last but not Lancaster, we have composer/song writer BURT BACHARACH who, like the other Burt, isn’t one of my favorites in his chosen field, but nonetheless wrote (with Hal David) a number of my favorite 1960’s songs, including WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE (1965), WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT (1965), ALFIE (1966), I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (1967), DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE (1968), THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (1968), I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (1969), and this Academy Award winner from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969):

    This wraps up another thrilling episode in my “THIS POST IS FOR THE ____” (anything from BIRDS to BURTS) series. Dew drop in again next time (Feb. 5), boys and girls, to see weather the reign drops dead or keeps callin’ in my head. The series has to end sometime….but when? The suspense is about to kill me.


    • scifihammy 6:04 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I’m so glad you chose Burt Lancaster – I was hoping you would! I think he is quite underrated as an actor, bit like you say, there are many great movies he’s been in.
      And I didn’t realise that Burt Bacharach wrote those awesome songs! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:26 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Burt Lancaster is one of those actors who, when you think about it, it’s hard to remember a BAD movie he made (though there were probably a few, like almost every actor who was in a lot of movies). Of his movies that I listed, I would particularly recommend LOCAL HERO, a great and quirky little film which didn’t get a lot of attention at the time, but is truly a ‘hidden gem.’

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      • Mél@nie 2:46 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I totally agree with you about Burt… he was admired and appreciated, and popular all over Europe…

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        I also love Burt Bacharach’s music… some of his famous songs have been sung by European singers, too.

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    • arekhill1 10:33 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And you left yourself an opportunity, unmentioned but illustrated, to do a post on “Ernie and Ernie.”


      • mistermuse 11:52 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I think I’ll pass on “Ernie and Ernie,” but if I were to do a post on Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day), I might do one on PunxsutErnie Phil. Unfortunately, my next post day is Feb. 5.


    • Don Frankel 4:26 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I missed the first Bert. By the time he came on the scene I was probably out looking for a job. But the next Burt was as you point a classic. Let us not forget From Here to Eternity and Vera Cruz where he told Gary Cooper. “So we’re friends. I’ve never had a friend before.” Now the last Burt wasn’t one of my favorite composers either but it shouldn’t have ever bothered him as he was married to Angie Dickenson for a long time.

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    • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t realize that Angie Dickinson is 85 years old and still with us (as is former hubby Burt B., who is 88). I’m sure they made beautiful music together — at least, for a time.

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    • BroadBlogs 7:33 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have nice memories of Ernie and Bert. That’s one big Fish story!

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    • mistermuse 10:01 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Even at my age,I have to laugh at the Bert and Ernie clip. Guess I’m still just a kid at heart!

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    • milliethom 5:28 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My mum was a huge Burt Lancaster fan (we’re in the UK). He was very popular over here and mum’s liking of him rubbed off a bit on me, too.

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    • mistermuse 7:03 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your comment. Have you seen Burt Lancaster in LOCAL HERO, a British film set in Scotland? If not, I highly recommend it. Here’s the trailer:

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    • inesephoto 4:41 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Burt Lancaster, wow, a legend. Thank you for sharing!

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    • mistermuse 11:27 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lancaster was such a strong and convincing presence in his films that he didn’t seen to be acting at all. He was truly one of the greats.

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  • mistermuse 9:06 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Burt Bacharach, , DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?, Hal David, , , San Jose   


    Do you know the way to where?

    Well, if you were headed for the oldest capital city in the U.S., the capital of New Mexico, and one of the most historic and artistic cities in America, I expect you would know the way to Santa Fe. But suppose it’s 1968 and you were a lyricist named Hal David writing the words to a song composed by Burt Bacharach? And suppose you, Hal David, had been stationed (while in the Navy years before) at a fondly remembered, then-sleepy farming community called San Jose, located a few hundred miles north of that great big freeway called Los Angeles? And finally, suppose you prevailed upon good friend Dionne Warwick to record it, although she “didn’t think much of the song and didn’t want to sing it” — and it became her biggest international seller and won Warwick her first Grammy Award?

    Most of this I learned after becoming curious about the song that played a part in my last post (WAYS OF CULTIVATING KNOWLEDGE). Of course, I knew of the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who died 9/1/2012, shortly before this tribute appeared:


    But what I didn’t recall was the sheer number of great songs written by Hal David, including DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE? and the twenty others included in the above list, which invites you to click on and replay any of those songs which may be among your fondly-remembered favorites.

    One interesting note about Hal that is not mentioned in the introduction to the list is that he was the nine-years-younger brother of another great songwriter, Mack David (7/5/12 – 12/30/93), who wrote the lyrics to over one thousand songs, including those in the Disney films CINDERELLA and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, as well as the mostly-English lyrics to Edith Piaf’s signature song LA VIE EN ROSE. But more on him another time.


    • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 10:05 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing! I never knew all of that, so thanks for sharing. I have lived in San Jose, LA and Albuquerque (close to Santa Fe) and I really had no clue that there was such a story to that song.

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    • arekhill1 10:32 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Another song I am well old enough to remember when it was a hit. Quit aging me, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 10:42 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, they say you’re only as old as you feel, so think of it as a song that makes you feel good.


    • Don Frankel 3:29 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      He wrote Broken Hearted Melody. I didn’t know that. Great song. I’m listening to Sarah Vaughan sing it it as I type.

      Good stuff Muse, good stuff.


    • mistermuse 4:34 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I actually have Broken Hearted Melody on a Mercury LP titled THE MAGIC OF SARAH VAUGHN, but I didn’t know Hal David wrote it because the composers of the songs on the LP aren’t identified. This all-too-common practice was/is irritating because 1. Real music lovers want to know, and 2. Composers and writers should always receive credit for their work.


    • Don Frankel 2:40 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s probably why I didn’t know it. What a voice she had, magical just magical.

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    • BroadBlogs 1:43 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of which, I’m from San Jose. And apparently few people know how to get there– Or even know where it is. When I say that I’m from San Jose I’ve gotten responses like, “I love New Mexico!”


    • mistermuse 4:49 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been to San Jose many years ago, but the only thing I remember is the Winchester Mystery House, which some people may regard as a tourist trap, but I dig it. Why? It’s a mystery – ha ha.


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