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Hal David

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Hal David (born May 25, 1921 in New York City, New York; died September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist and songwriter. His elder brother, Mack David, was also a lyricist and songwriter. Hal David is best-remembered for his words and music that were written along with musician, composer and singer, Burt Bacharach. David is credited with popular music lyrics beginning in the 1940s with material written for band leader Sammy Kaye, and Guy Lombardo. In 1957 David met Burt Bacharach at Famous Music in the Brill Building in New York. The two teamed up and wrote their first hit “The Story of My Life” recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957. Later that year the duo wrote the Perry Como hit “Magic Moments”. By the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s Bacharach and David were responsible for writing some of the most enduring songs in American popular music.

The music of Bacharach and David includes songs written for, or made popular by artists such as Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, and others in the 1960s. His best selling hits include: “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”.

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