Tributes pour in for legendary songwriter

Legendary pop lyricist Hal David has passed away in Los Angeles due to complications from a stroke.

Of all the partnerships which defined the emergence of pop music, few loom as large in the public consciousness as Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Both had already secured promising careers before their first meeting outside the Brill Building in 1957 – a moment which would spark a vastly successful partnership.

Hal David’s lyrics would adorn Burt Bacharach’s melodies, creating an almost instant run of hits. Perry Como notched up a perennial favourite with ‘Magic Moments’ but it was the duo’s work with Dionne Warwick which really came to define them.

Songs such as ‘Walk On By’ added a jazz flavour to pop’s lingua fraca, while film work saw Hal David and Burt Bacharach produce soundtracks for the likes of ‘Alfie’ as well as ‘Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid’.

Remaining musically active throughout his life, Hal David suffered a stroke earlier this year. Sadly, it seems that complications from this have resulted in his death.

In a statement to Associated Press, Hal David’s wife Eunice explained: "Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head... He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."

Here’s ‘Walk On By’.


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