Hal David

Induction Year: 1984

Birth Name: Hal David
Birth Date: May 25, 1921
Place of Birth: New York, NY
Deceased: September 01, 2012


"Now, how do I go about the business of writing lyrics? I wish I really knew. If I did it would make writing much easier for me. Because I have no formula, sometimes it flows smoothly and other times it is like rowing a boat upstream. Most often a lyric starts with a title. A line in a book I am reading may set me off. Other times some dialogue in a play or a movie becomes the catalyst. More often than not the idea just pops into my head-where it comes from I hardly ever know....In writing I search for believability, simplicity, and emotional impact..."

"The form of songwriting is very restrictive because it's in a very small frame. But because of its restrictions you get a bonus you couldn't get in any other art form. Because it is in this little microcosm, if it works it should have a greater explosion, a greater impact. And I think that's why songs have a greater effect on the public than almost any other form of creative work."

"I'm a laborer. I never accept my first idea. I always look for a new approach. The most difficult part of the whole process for me is letting go; of saying 'that's the best I can do,' and go on to the next song."


Former Occupations:
Journalist (first job was at the New York Post)

College - New York University (journalism major)

Discography / Career Highlights

Career Milestones:

1947 - wrote first song for bandleader Sammy Kaye
1957 - first teamed up with Burt Bacharach at Famous Paramount Music publishing Company in New York City
1958 - first hit for Bacharach and David, Perry Como's "Magic Moments"
1958 - David and Bacharach's song "Story of My Life" became a #1 country hit for Marty Robbins
late 1970s - came to Nashville, began co-writing with Archie Jordan
1980-1986 - served as President of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

1969 - Academy Award (Oscar)\Music (Song Original For the Picture-Butch Cassidy and the Sundace Kid)\Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
1969 - NARAS\Grammy\Best Original Score From an Original Cast Show Album\Promises, Promises
1969 - NARM\President's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement (with Burt Bacharach)
1969 - B'nai B'rith\Creative Achievement Award (with Burt Bacharach)
1972 - National Academy of Popular Music\Songwriters' Hall of Fame induction
1991 - Lincoln College\Doctor of Music Degree
1996 - National Academy of Popular Music\Johnny Mercer Award (with Burt Bacharach)
1997 - NARAS\Grammy Trustees Award\Burt Bacharach & Hal David
1997 - National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter's Hall of Fame induction
1997 - ASCAP\Founders Award

Catalog Highlights:
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: B.J. Thomas, Perry Como, Robert Goulet, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Englebert Humperdinck

"Alfie" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Frankie Lane (1949), Cilla Black

"What's New Pussycat?" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Tom Jones, Capitol Steps, Tom Jones, Barbra Streisand

"The Look of Love" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dusty Springfield, Brazil 66, Milt Jackson, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Sergio Mendes, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Lettermen, Gladys Knight and the Pips

"I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"It Was Almost Like a Song" - Co-writer: Archie Jordan - Artists: Ronnie Milsap (1977)

"This Guy's in Love With You" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Herb Alpert

"What the World Needs Now" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"Promises, Promises" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"One Less Bell to Answer" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: 5th Dimension

"I Say a Little Prayer" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"Santa Barbara" - Co-writer: Archie Jordan - Artists: Ronnie Milsap (1978)

"Walk On By" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: Dionne Warwick

"(They Long to Be) Close to You" - Co-writer: Burt Bacharach - Artists: The Carpenters

"To All the Girls I've Loved Before" - Co-writer: Albert Hammond - Artists: Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias (1984)

"No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors" - Co-writer: Archie Jordan - Artists: Barbara Mandrell

"Using Things and Loving People" - Co-writer: Archie Jordan - Artists: B.J. Thomas and George Burns

Wrote the lyrics for the following film scores: "Wives and Lovers," "Casino Royale," "April Fools," "Lost Horizon," "After the Fox," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Oklahoma Crude," "What's New Pussycat?" "Two Gals and a Guy," "Promise Her Anything," "Alfie," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and "Moonraker"

Author of the book "What the World Needs Now and Other Love Lyrics"

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