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September 8, 2012 9:21 pm

Famed Jewish Composer Hal David Dies at 91

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Renowned American Jewish songwriter Hal David recently died at age 91. David famously collaborated with Burt Bacharach and vocalist Dionne Warwick, and went on to win numerous American music awards, including Academy Awards and Grammys.

David also worked with Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Albert Hammond, Sarah Vaughan, Sherman Edwards, Paul Hampton and others. His compositions include What the World Needs Now is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, There’s Always Something There to Remind Me, Alfie, Casino Royale, A House is Not A Home, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Moonraker, and soundtrack songs for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Born in Manhattan in 1921, David was the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants, and grew up in Brooklyn. He was chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the B’nai B’rith Creative Achievement Award, the NARM Presidential Award and more. He also founded the Los Angeles Music Center. He is survived by his second wife, Eunice, sons Jim and Craig, and three grandchildren.

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  • Thank you David family for sharing Hal with us through his work. Those songs he composed are just a click away in my head, specially “I say a little prayer…”

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