Monday, September 3, 2012

Hal David - Iconic Songwriter

Hal David passed away at 91 on Sept 1, 2012.

Read all about him from Wikipedia.

Harold Lane "Hal" David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist.

He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City.

He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick.

David was born in New York City, the son of Lina Goldberg and Gedalier David.

He was Israeli by descent.

From the 1940s, he wrote lyrics for Sammy Kaye and Guy Lombardo.

In 1951 he wrote music for the film Two Gals And A Guy.

In 1957, David met composer Burt Bacharach in New York.

They wrote their first hit The Story Of My Life recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957.

Later that year Perry Como had a hit with their Magic Moments.

In the 1960s and early 1970s Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music, for Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B J Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones and Jackie DeShannon.

Bacharach and David hits 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, One Less Bell To Answer and Anyone Who Had A Heart.

The duo's film work includes the Oscar-nominated title songs for What's New Pussycat? and Alfie, The Look Of Love from Casino Royale and the Oscar-winning Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Don't Make Me Over, (They Long To Be) Close To You and Walk On By have been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

David and Bacharach were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize For Popular Song bestowed by the Library Of Congress, the first time a songwriting team was given the honour.

David's work with other composers includes Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias' To All The Girls I've Loved Before with Albert Hammond, Sarah Vaughan's Broken Hearted Melody with Sherman Edwards, the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit Johnny Get Angry also with Edwards and We Have All The Time In The World written with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.