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|Birth name||Harold Lane David|
May 25, 1921|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 1, 2012
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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.
Life and career
David was born in New York City, a son of Austrian Jewish immigrants Lina (née Goldberg) and Gedalier David, who owned a delicatessen in Brooklyn, and younger brother of American lyricist and songwriter Mack David. He is credited with popular music lyrics, beginning in the 1940s with material written for bandleader Sammy Kaye and for Guy Lombardo. He worked with Morty Nevins of The Three Suns on four songs for the feature film Two Gals and a Guy (1951), starring Janis Paige and Robert Alda.
In 1957, David met composer 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. Subsequently, in the 1960s and early 1970s Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music, many for Dionne Warwick but also for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon and others.
In the UK a version of "The Story of My Life" recorded by Michael Holliday reached #1 in 1958 before being replaced by Perry Como's "Magic Moments", the first time any songwriter had consecutive #1 hits in the UK charts.
Bacharach and David hits included "Alfie", "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. In addition, "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's work with other composers includes Albert Hammond for Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", ; Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody", with Sherman Edwards; the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit "Johnny Get Angry" also with Edwards; and "99 Miles From L.A." with Albert Hammond, recorded by Hammond and later Art Garfunkel. With Paul Hampton, David co-wrote the country standard "Sea of Heartbreak", a hit for Don Gibson and others.
David contributed lyrics to three James Bond film themes: in addition to "The Look of Love" from Casino Royale with Bacharach, he wrote "We Have All the Time in the World", with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and in 1979, "Moonraker", also with Barry, sung by Bond regular Shirley Bassey for the film of the same name.
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 honor. David was recuperating from a recent illness and was unable to attend the Washington D.C. presentation ceremony in May 2012.
- 1972: inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
- 1984: elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
- 1991: received a Doctor of Music degree from Lincoln College, Illinois, for his major contribution to American music
- May 2000: received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Claremont Graduate University
- Founder of the Los Angeles Music Center
- Member of the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Member of the board of directors of ASCAP, having served as its president, and later worked on reform of intellectual property rights
- Served on the advisory board of the Society of Singers
- Member of the board of visitors of Claremont Graduate University in California
- Chairman of the board of the National Academy of Popular Music and its Songwriters Hall of Fame
- 2011: The Songwriters Hall of Fame presented him their newest award, the Visionary Leadership Award, for his decades of service
- 2011: received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 2012: Gershwin prize recipient
Work on Broadway
- Promises, Promises (1968) – musical – lyricist – Tony Nomination for Best Musical
- André DeShield's Haarlem Nocturne (1984) – revue – featured songwriter
- The Look of Love (2003) – revue – lyricist
- Padua, Pat (May 12, 2011). "Pic(s) of the Week: They Write the Songs Edition". Library of Congress - In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- "Hal David Biography (1921-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
- Hoerburger, Rob (1 September 2012). "Hal David, Songwriter, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Hal David, Burt Bacharach honored in D.C. with Gershwin Prize". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2012.
- "Iconic songwriter Hal David dies at 91 in Los Angeles". Fox News. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Songwriters Hall of Fame presents first ever Visionary Leadership Award to Chairman Emeritus Hal David
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