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Burt Bacharach 

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Governor's Mansion will be getting a little groovy next week. 

Famed music composer Burt Bacharach will perform at the mansion next week in a fundraiser for the University of South Carolina equestrian team where his daughter was a rider.

Tickets for the intimate May 9 concert cost $275 with sponsorships going for $5,000.

Gov. Henry McMaster plans to attend. His office said no state resources are being used.

Bacharach is receiving a honorary degree from the university during graduation ceremonies next week along with glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, who has a bronze and garnet chandelier hanging in the law school building.

Bacharach's daughter, Raleigh, is graduating with a public health degree after spending four years on the equestrian team that won a national title in 2015. 

The 89-year-old Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer wrote hit songs, including B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," The Carpenters' "Close to You," Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?," and Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose."

The money raised will be used to build new horse barns and add video scoreboards at the Gamecocks' Blythewood arena, South Carolina equestrian head coach Boo Major said. 

The idea for a fundraiser with Bacharach was kicked around last summer with a friend of the equestrian program helping line up the Governor's Mansion. 

"It'll be a great night — and no politics," Major joked.  

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Shain runs The Post and Courier's team based in South Carolina's capital city. He was editor of Free Times and has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Charlotte, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.