That Steve Tyrell gets around. A week after introducing legendary lyricist Hal David as he was enshrined at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and after completing America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.'s album, Tyrell will be winging back to Houston for his last two concerts of the year — appearing Friday and Saturday night with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra at the Stafford Centre.
That's after three nights of performing in Chicago the early part of this week.
Tyrell calls David his friend and mentor. His close relationship with the lyricist began when Tyrell was just 18 and fresh out of St. Thomas High School. "I was lucky enough to work for the first seven years of my career with Hal David, Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick," he said.
"That association ultimately led me to bring fellow Houstonian B.J. Thomas to their attention, which resulted in the Oscar-winning collaboration from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid ...."Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head."
"When people ask me where I went to college, I always say 'I attended Bacharach-David University and I'm a graduate student.'"
The 90-year-old David is the oldest recipient of a star on the Walk of Fame. After the star turn, David was honored at a 90th birthday bash that evening, sponsored by ASCAP. It was a heady musical guest list that included Tyrell, Bacharach, Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Herb Alpert and more.
The birthday concert, held at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, was "a truly spectacular event," according to Tyrell. We can only imagine — with that group of guests performing the classic songs written by Bacharach and David. Add Jackie DeShannon, Paul Williams, Dwight Yoakam and Lani Hall to the group.
After his Stafford concerts, Tyrell is off to California for three nights of club shows at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood and on Nov. 29, he reprises his annual holiday stint at The Carlyle in New York, where he will tickle the ivories and sing American standards through Dec. 31.