Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Who is Hal David?
Hal David is the lesser known lyrical partner of composer Burt Bacharach. He was born in New York City on May 25, 1921 and started his songwriting career in the 1940s. He teamed up with Bacharach in 1957 and together they wrote all the famous "Bacharach" songs like "I say a Little Prayer","Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "What the World Needs Now Is Love", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", to name a few.
Outside of his partnership with Bacharach, David wrote the lyrics for the theme song "We Have All the Time in the World" for the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". He also has written many country music hits including the 1984 hit "To all the girls I've loved before" sung by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.
Hal David has received many honors. He has 20 gold records, is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Grammys Trustees Award.