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Songwriter Hal David Dies Of Stroke At Age 91

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Hal David, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” co-author, dies at 91
Hal David, Burt Bacharach’s songwriting partner and author of, “Alfie,” “What’s New, Pussycat?,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?,” has died.
Amy Silverstein
September 1, 2012

Hal David, the songwriter famous for writing dozens of hits for Dionne Warwick with Burt Bacharach, has died. David was 91 and died in Los Angeles from a stroke, BBC News reported.

Bacharach and David were one of the most successful song-writing teams in pop music, the Associated Press reported. Their top 40 hits include “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” ‘Close to You” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” In addition to Warwick, they also wrote music for the Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. They won an Oscar award, Grammys and Tonys, the AP said.

The most successful song that David and Bacharach wrote for Warwick was “I Say a Little Prayer,” from 1967, the New York Times reported. David landed his first Top 10 hit in 1958 with “Magic Moments,” a song recorded by Perry Como.

“As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic — conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music,” the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers President Paul Williams said in a statement to the AP.

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