Burt Bacharach, Doris Day earn lifetime Grammys

Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:28pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Songwriter Burt Bacharach, singer/actress Doris Day and rock group The Band will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement in February, organizers said on Tuesday.

Also on the list are jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway, classical violinist Itzhak Perlman, jazz drummer Max Roach and bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs.

The awards will be posthumous for Calloway, who died in 1994, and for Roach, who died in August. Two members of The Band have also passed away: Richard Manuel and Rick Danko.

The statuettes will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 9, one day before the 50th annual Grammy Awards.

The lifetime achievement honors often go to prominent artists who have never won a competitive Grammy, a group that this year includes Day, The Band and Roach. Recent recipients have included the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and the Doors.

Bacharach, 79, has won six Grammy Awards. Along with lyricist Hal David, the arbiter of '60s cool composed such memorable tunes as "Walk on By," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "What the World Needs Now."

Day, 83, was a ubiquitous Hollywood presence from the 1940s through the 1970s as a singer and actress with a wholesome image. Her signature tune, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," won an Academy Award for best original song in 1956.

Day has lived a reclusive life in Carmel, California, for years, focusing on caring for abandoned pets. A Grammy spokeswoman said it was not yet known if Day would attend.

The Band, now represented by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robbie Robertson, 64, keyboardist Garth Hudson, 70, and drummer Levon Helm, 67, backed Bob Dylan before striking out on their own. Robertson composed such classic-rock staples as "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek."   Continued...

 
<p>Burt Bacharach smiles in a New York hotel room in a 2005 photo. Bacharach, singer/actress Doris Day and rock group The Band will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement in February, organizers said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Erin Siegal</p>