Legendary lyricist Hal David has died at the age of 91.
David passed away yesterday (September 1) following complications from a stroke at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reports Rolling Stone.
David was Burt Bacharach’s songwriting partner and wrote the lyrics for such classic tracks as ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’, ‘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’ and ‘(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me’.
Born in New York City in 1921, Harold Lane David started writing lyrics in the 1940s, first working with the bandleaders Sammy Kaye and Guy Lombardo.
He partnered with Bacharach in 1957 after being introduced at the famous Brill Building. The pair went on to write songs for the likes of Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, The Carpenters and many more. Click above to listen to Warwick perform ‘Do You Know the Way to San Jose’.
David and Bacharach were nominted for Oscars for their work on the films What’s New Pussycat?, Alfie and Casino Royale and the won the Academy Award for the song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’, which was used in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.