Legendary US Songwriter Hal David Dies at 91

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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American songwriter Hal David, who with composer Burt Bacharach wrote some of the most memorable music of the the 1960s and 1970s, has died from complications of a stroke.

He was 91 years old.

David teamed up with Bacharach in the late 1950s. Working with singer Dionne Warwick, the Bacharach-David songbook became a soundtrack of American life in the late 1960s. Their hits included Walk on By, Alfie, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, and What Do You Get When You Fall in Love.

The team won Oscars and Grammy awards, wrote soundtracks for films and television, and was in demand by other musical icons, such as Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

President Barack Obama awarded David and Bacharach The U.S. Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a White House ceremony in May.