Hal David – 1921 – 2012

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Hal David, the renowned pop music lyricist whose prolific collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach produced a wealth of enduringly memorable hits in the 1960s and early ’70s, including “Walk On By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Harold Lane “Hal” David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach. He began writing lyrics in the 1940s. Then, in 1957, he met Burt Bacharach with whom he wrote some of the best known songs of the 60s and 70s.

Their songs included:

  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,
  • This Guy’s in Love with You,
  • I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,
  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose,
  • Walk On By,
  • What the World Needs Now Is Love,
  • I Say a Little Prayer,
  • (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, and
  • Anyone Who Had a Heart.

They also wrote the theme songs for a number of movies including:

  • What’s New Pussycat?
  • Alfie,
  • The Look of Love,
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (which won a Grammy Award),
  • (They Long to Be) Close to You, and
  • Walk On By

In 1972 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. David and Hal are members of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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2 Responses to Hal David – 1921 – 2012

  1. MIKI says:

    Sad but what a great legacy of wonderful singalongs he leaves behind and at least he had a long life! My teens were spent under the blankets with my trannie listening to Radio Caroline where I heard probably all of the above.

  2. Greg.K. says:

    What it reminds me of is, while there were some great songs in the 70s, there were some equally great, some better, songs in the 60s.

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