Hal David, the legendary songwriter and Burt Bacharach collaborator, died on Saturday in Los Angeles, from complications of a stroke. He was 91.
David was a lyricist. After David had already done some work for bandleaders like Sammy Kaye, he met Bacharach at New York’s Brill Building in 1957, and they teamed up that year to score a hit with “The Story Of My Life,” a song for Marty Robbins. He put words to Bacharach’s melodies, and the two were jointly responsible for some tremendously enduring pieces of pop music: “Walk On By,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “This Guy’s In Love With You.” Their songs together are, basically, late-century American standards, and they’ve been recorded over and over through the years.
David and Bacharach won an Oscar for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and they won the Library Of Congress’s Gershwin Prize For Popular Music last year.
Below, watch the famous “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” scene from Butch Cassidy.