Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In Memoriam: Hal David 1921-2012

Lyricist. Best known for his collaborations with Burt Bacharach. Magic Moments. (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me. Alfie. Walk On By. What's New, Pussycat? What the World Needs Now. I Say a Little Prayer. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? What Do You Get When You Fall In Love? I'll Never Fall In Love Again. The Look of Love. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. (They Long to Be) Close to You. To All The Girls I Love Before (music by Albert Hammond Jr.)

The songs should be like a little film, told in three or four minutes. Try to say things as simply as possible, which is probably the most difficult thing to do

--Hal David

Hal, we had a great run and I'm so grateful we ever met.

--Burt Bacharach

"Say a Little Prayer." Performed by Dionne Warwick, the artist David and Bacharach worked with most frequently.

"What's New Pussycat." Tom Jones intro to the 1966 movie of the same name. Dig that psychedelic animation!

"What the World Needs Now." Performed by Jackie DeShannon. Dig that psychedelic black-and-white!

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head." Performed by BJ Thomas. More psychedelic black-and-white.
"Always Something There to Remind Me." Performed by Naked Eyes. The 1960s meets the 1980s.


  1. He was such a classy guy and so prolific. One of the good ones. RIP Hal. Great post. I had no idea he passed.

    1. Classy guy, classy lyrics. Thanks for commenting, Patricia.

  2. Oh man, he is all over my iPod. **LOVE**

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    3. The reason for all the deletions is I tried to copy your name just as you have it written, but everytime I hit "publish" it strikes out the "&#39:"

      Anyway, Hal will be all over my Ipod as soon as I get one. For the time being, he and Burt are all over my Dionne Warwick CD.

      Thanks for commenting, Erin.


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