Songwriter Hal David Dies

September 20, 2012

Influential songwriter and longtime creative partner to Burt Bacharach Hal David died of complications from a stroke earlier this month. The 91-year-old musician had penned scores of pop hits covered by a variety of jazz artists throughout the years and was awarded the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song award this spring. Some of his most memorable songs include “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” “Alfie,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “This Guy’s in Love With You” and “The Look of Love.”

Artists from every nook and cranny in jazz have recorded his songs, including people like Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Bill Evans, Count Basie, the Bad Plus, and Bill Frisell.

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