Burt Bacharach, the singularly gifted and popular composer, both an innovator and throwback, died at age 94. He delighted millions with the quirky arrangements and unforgettable melodies of “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and dozens of other hits. He died Wed. Feb. 8 at home in L.A. of natural causes said publicist Tina Brausam. He was a Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner.

Over the past 70 years, only Lennon-McCartney, Carole King and a handful of others rivaled his genius for instantly catchy songs that remained performed, played and hummed long after they were written. He had a run of top 10 hits from the 1950s into the 21st century, and his music was heard everywhere – such greats as “Alfie” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “This Guy’s in Love with You.”

His favorite interpreter was Dionne Warwick but Bacharach, usually in tandem with lyricist Hal David, also created prime material for Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and many others. Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra were among the countless artists who covered his songs, with more recent performers who sung or sampled him including White Stripes, Twista and Ashanti. “Walk On By” alone was covered by everyone from Warwick and Isaac Hayes to the British punk band the Stranglers and Cyndi Lauper.

He will be greatly missed!