Watch Elvis Costello pay tribute to Burt Bacharach at first night of New York residency

“I’m not ashamed to say I did love this man for everything he gave”

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Elvis Costello paid tribute to Burt Bacharach at the opening night of his ten-night residency at The Gramercy Theatre last week – check out footage below.

The legendary composer passed away of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday (February 8). He was 94 years old.

During the first show of Costello’s 100 Songs And More residency at New York’s Gramercy Theatre on Thursday (February 9), he performed Bacharach’s “Baby, It’s You”.


Bacharach co-wrote the song with Luther Dixon and Mack David, with the Shirelles releasing it as a single in 1961. It was later covered by The Beatles for their 1963 debut album Please Please Me.

“A really great man left us yesterday,” Costello said before performing “Baby, It’s You”. “People say when somebody reaches a great age, ‘Well, it was a good inning.’ [But] it’s never time to say goodbye to somebody if you love them. I’m not ashamed to say I did love this man for everything he gave, Mr. Burt Bacharach.”

Later in the set, Costello covered “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, which was co-written by Bacharach and Hal David, before it was released by Dionne Warwick in 1963.

Elvis Costello confirmed the residency last year while on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. At the time, he explained that fans will “never hear the same song twice” over the course of the ten-nights and that the setlists would add up to “200 songs [played] over 10 nights.”

Originally published on NME

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