Hal David, legendary songwriter, dies at 91
Hal David, the legendary songwriter who wrote "Raindrops Keep Fallin" On My Head,' died in Los Angeles at age 91.
David died of complications from a stroke on Saturday, September 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Jim Steinblatt, spokesman for ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. David was a longtime member and former president of the organization.
"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic - conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," ASCAP's current president, the songwriter Paul Williams, said in a statement to Time magazine. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs... the backdrop of our lives."
David suffered a major stroke in March 2012. His wife Eunice David told NPR that in spite of his health, the composer continued writing music until his death.
"Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head," Eunice David said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."
Hal and Eunice David were married for 25 years. He had two sons - Jim and Craig, from a previous marriage to Anne Rauchman.
David and his writing partner Burt Bacharach penned dozens of top 40 hits, including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Magic Moments," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" "Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For."
In May 2011, David and Bacharach were honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. They were feted with a tribute concert at the White House, which was attended by President Barack Obama.
The duo's songs "Don't Make Me Over," "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "Walk On By" have also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Bacharach, his 84-year-old partner, has not yet commented on David's death.