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Hal David

Songwriter. Best known for his collaborations (lyrics) with Burt Bacharach. They are noted for the hits "Walk on By" (1964), "Message to Michael" (1966), "I Say a Little Prayer" (1967) and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" (1968) recorded by Dionne Warwick. Born in Brooklyn to parents of Jewish heritage, Hal was influenced by his older brother Mack who was a well-known "Tin Pan Alley" songwriter and he would aspire to follow in his footsteps. He began composing music while a teenager and later attended New York University where he studied Journalism. During his service with the United States Army during World War II, he wrote lyrics for shows. He initiated his career in the entertainment industry as a writer for nightclub acts which led to his co-penning (with Don Rodney, a member of Guy Lombardo's Band) of the song "Four Winds and the Seven Seas" (1949). The score became a hit for Lombardo and later Vic Damone. David's most prolific work was after his joining with the Famous Music Corporation located in New York's Brill Building. While there he paired with composer Burt Bacharach and during the 1960s, they contributed scores to movie soundtracks, Broadway shows and Pop Chart recordings by a wide range of artists. Among the beneficiaries from their talents include Jackie DeShannon "What the World Needs Now is Love" (1965), B.J. Thomas "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (1969, from the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), The 5th Dimension "One Less Bell to Answer" (1970) and The Carpenters "Close to You" (1970). In 1968, Aretha Franklin scored a Top-Ten hit with her version of "I Say a Little Prayer". He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1972. David died of complications from a stroke.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 1 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96357457
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hal David (25 May 1921–1 Sep 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96357457, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .