Famed songwriter Hal David passes away at 91

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- His widow says "even at the end," Hal David "always had a song in his head."

The lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of songs as the duo became one of the most successful songwriting teams in modern history died today in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

His wife says he died of complications from a stroke.

The hits he co-wrote with Bacharach included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," which won them an Oscar when it was featured in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

Several of their hits were recorded by Dionne Warwick, who first began singing their songs in 1962. They included "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "Always Something There to Remind Me."

Their title song for the movie "What's New, Pussycat" was a hit for Tom Jones.

Just this past May, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a White House tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama. David wasn't able to attend because of the stroke he had suffered.

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