They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir

The New York Times Bestseller
 
Grammy and Academy Award– winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the incredibly frank and darkly amusing story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her remarkable (and in some cases calamitous) relationships to her cooperations with some of the greatest authors and musical artists of our time.
 
For five years, Carole Bayer Sager has been amongst the most appreciated and effective songwriters at work, responsible for her lyrical contributions to some of the most popular songs in the English language, including “Nobody Does It Better,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the theme from the motion picture Arthur, “The Best That You Can Do” (about getting lost between the moon and New York City).
 
She has actually collaborated with (and written for) an excessive variety of stars, consisting of Peter Allen, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.
 
Her relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch was the basis of the long-running hit musical, They’re Playing Our Song, for which she composed the lyrics. And her deal with author Burt Bacharach, to whom she was also married for 10 years, produced pop requirements such as “On My Own” and “That’s What Friends Are For” (motivated by her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor), which raised over two million dollars for AIDS research.
 
But while her expert life was filled with success and remarkable people, her personal life was even more hard and significant. In this memoir, Carole Bayer Sager tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose often crippling fears and ravaging relationships motivated many of the songs she would eventually compose.
 
They’re Playing Our Song will interest anyone interested in the craft of songwriting and the happiness of collaboration, but Carole Bayer Sager’s narrative is also a deeply personal account of how love and heartbreak made her the woman, and the author, she is.
 
Carole Bayer Sager is a lyricist, vocalist, songwriter and painter. Her songs have been tape-recorded by such artists as Carly Simon, Richard Marx, Leo Sayer, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire. Much of Sager’s 1980s tunes were co-written with her former husband, composer and pianist Burt Bacharach.
 
Sager won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1981 for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”, which was the signature tune of the movie Arthur. Sager has won a Grammy Award and 2 Golden Globes. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
 
Sager lives in Los Angeles and New York with her partner, Bob Daly. She likewise has an adult child Cristopher Elton Bacharach.
 

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