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Remembering songwriter Hal David




Hal David is honored with a Star in celebration of his career and 90th birthday on October 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Hal David is honored with a Star in celebration of his career and 90th birthday on October 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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Hal David, famed and award-winning composer and lyricist, passed away Saturday at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke. Known for many of his hits, like “What’s New Pussycat?,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” and “Close to You,” David was best known for his work with his long-time songwriting partner, Burt Bacharach. The duo penned hits for Dionne Warwick throughout her career. “I Say a Little Prayer” was the most successful of the dozens of songs they wrote together, but other songs like “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “Message to Michael” were very popular and remain well-known additions to pop music. Share your memories with AirTalk. What does Hal David’s music mean to you?

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Kent Hartman, author of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" (Thomas Dunn Books)