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9 classic Hal David songs - remembering the 'What The World Needs Now Is Love' songwriter, dead at 91 (Video)



Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
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Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
(L-R) Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David attend the Broadway Opening of "Promises, Promises" at Broadway Theatre on April 25, 2010 in New York City.
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Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
Hal David is honored with a Star in celebration of his career and 90th birthday on Oct. 14, 2011 in Hollywood.
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Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
Hal David is honored with a Star in celebration of his career and 90th birthday on Oct. 14, 2011 in Hollywood.
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Hal David speaking at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Performances.
Singer Stevie Wonder (C) poses for a picture with ASCAP Board Member Hal David and his wife Eunice David in the green-room during the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) annual "Songwriter Night" March 13, 2007 in Washington, DC.
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Hal David, lyricist and songwriting partner to Burt Bacharach, has died at 91 at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

David did the lyrics and Burt Bacharach wrote the music for hit after hit, with popular songs spanning decades. If you don’t believe me, go gawk at this list of Hal David songs from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Go ahead, I’ll wait. You might need to get a meal in the middle, as it’s 13 pages long.

I had the chance to see David speak in 2009 as part of downtown L.A.'s Grand Performances series. He shared the stories of how he and Burt Bacharach shaped the songs that live on in people's memories for decades.

Here are nine awesome Hal David songs so you can enjoy just a dash of David’s legacy: