Hal David, who partnered with Burt Bacharach to write some of the best-known songs in pop music, has died.
David, who won an Oscar and a Grammy for his work, died Saturday (Sept. 1) in Los Angeles, the New York Times reports. He was 91 years old.
David and Bacharach met at the famed Brill Building in New York in the late 1950s and collaborated on a number of enduring pop standards, with Bacharach composing the music and David writing the lyrics. The duo had a long relationship with singer Dionne Warwick, writing hits such as “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “A House Is Not a Home” and “I Say a Little Prayer” for her.
Other Bacharach/David hits included “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (which won the Oscar for best original song for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”), “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Alfie.” The latter two were also nominated for Oscars.
David and Bacharach received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2011, where artists from Stevie Wonder to Lyle Lovett interpreted their songs. Here’s Sheryl Crow performing “Walk on By” at the celebration.