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Remember Hal David

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936606.  Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:36 am Reply with quote

I put a message on my facebook in rememberence of Hal David, and it was disappointing to have so many people ask "Who?", from allages.

I wanted to write something here about this man, who seems less known to most people than his song partner Burt Bacharach.

While Bacharach composed many well known songs, it was Hal David who wrote the lyrics to these songs, and many others. Hal worked with other composers as well, and I think most people will be shocked at how many songs they know which were written by him.

Just a short list of songs to give you an idea:

We have all the time in the world
Walk on by
I say a little prayer
Magic moments
Raindrops keep falling on my head
24 hours from Tulsa

For each of these songs you recognise, there are several more you know too.

To show how important the lyrics can be, when interpreted by different singers in different styles, consider these two versions of the same song, becoming hits 40 years apart:

936610.  Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:53 am Reply with quote

Strange, that. The two names were always mentioned in one breath, so why Hal David kind of disappeared... I don't know. But he's given us wonderful stuff indeed.


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