Hal David
American lyricist and songwriter
Hal David
Harold Lane "Hal" David is an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. David is best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach.
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Love Me Tender, Love Me True
Huffington Post - 9 months
Among the many hits written by lyricist Hal David and composer Burt Bacharach, one song had a curious history. When the songwriting team showed it to Dionne Warwick (a frequent collaborator), she initially turned it down. In 1965, the song was first released by Jackie DeShannon. After The Supremes recorded it in 1968, it became a major hit. Its message was pure and simple: "What the world needs now is love, sweet love It's the only thing that there's just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone." As one monitors current events, Hal David's lyrics become more and more timely. From the political violence being stirred up by demagogues in a Presidential election year to the terrorist bombings in Europe and Africa; from the desperate plight of Syrian refugees to the bitter hatred driving North Carolina's odious Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act and Mississippi's vicious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, i ...
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Bobby 'Top Hat' Davis, blues musician who loved Maxwell Street, dies at 83
Chicago Times - 12 months
Blues musician Bobby "Top Hat" Davis played for decades on Maxwell Street, keeping traditional blues alive and sometimes insisting fiercely that rock 'n' roll influences like distorted electric-guitar riffs had no place in the music. "He was very good and innovative and old school, playing traditional...
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Remembering the Carpenters</em>: A My Music</em> Presentation and Paul Williams Interview, Plus a Christmas Chat with Plácido Domingo
Huffington Post - about 1 year
MY MUSIC PRESENTS CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS The TV presentation and DVD Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters is a poignant musical portrait of Richard Carpenter and his late sister Karen that airs on Public Television stations nationwide this Saturday, December 5th, with encore telecasts throughout the month. According to TJL Productions, Close To You..., which originally aired in 1997, returns by popular demand as part of TJL's long-running My Music series of fund-raising specials. Richard Carpenter guides viewers through the remarkable career that he and his sister enjoyed, starting in the late 1960s through Karen's passing in 1983. Friends and colleagues such as A&amp;M Records founder Herb Alpert, composers Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams, band members and fellow singing legend Petula Clark share their memories of the brother-sister duo that would become Billboard's most successful American single record artist of the 1970s. TJL chief TJ Lubinsky, wo ...
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Adele -- A Modern Day Pop Music Miracle
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If Sunday night's AMAs gave me anything to talk about, I guess it would be the confirmation that there is an apocalyptic dearth of great singers in American popular music. That said, there's always hope... and it appeared yesterday via another one of those isolated "LEAKED" vocal performances. This time it was from an artist who has proven that she truly is a singer. Instead of making our skin crawl, as we've heard in the past with isolated vocals from other "performers," what we hear in this leaked mix (taken from the most recent broadcast of "Saturday Night Live") is a refreshing glimpse of authentic talent in Adele. What is an isolated vocal performance, you ask? Pretty much what it sounds like. Usually, it's just the audio coming from the artists' mic, sans the bells and whistles of ultra reverb, background vocals and orchestration; however, in this particular mix the bass can be heard under the intoxicating allure of Adele's moving vocals. Adele has clearly proven that she ...
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Rueful Romance, Stripped of All but Vulnerability
NYTimes - about 3 years
“What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined,” a musical revue at New York Theater Workshop, digs into the melancholy in many of the hits that Mr. Bacharach wrote with Hal David.
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Mike Ragogna: Nilsson Still, Son! Chatting with Jimmy Webb on Harry Nilsson, Plus Catching Up with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Jimmy Webb about Harry Nilsson Mike Ragogna: Jimmy, how've you been? Jimmy Webb: Good. I'm on the road, I'm literally on the road but I'm enjoying myself. I've had some good gigs...that's my Summer tour. I'm just staying in the trees and I'll sit by the pond with my buddy. That's about it, that's the outlook. I read a really good review of the Harry Nilsson box set in Rolling Stone. It was a four-star review, it really made me feel good. MR: And there's also the new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. JW: It's funny because I've got Alyn Shipton's book laying here on the floor of the car and I love the book. It's really a cool time for Harry, I just feel it. MR: I wonder what it is about Harry Nilsson that people keep evoking him, using him as a source of inspiration, and citing him as one of their influences though Harry--with the fifteen or so albums that he had--didn't seem like he was one of those artists that was, at the ti ...
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Mike Ragogna: A Chat With ASCAP President Paul Williams, Plus Exclusives from Modern Machines, Eli Mardock, Matthew J. Tow and Creed Bratton
Huffington Post - over 3 years
photo credit: Alan Mercer A Conversation with BMG Songwriter, Recording Artist and ASCAP President/Chairman Paul Williams Mike Ragogna: Paul. We meet again! Paul Williams: Hey, how are you, Mike? MR: Pretty good. Thanks for taking the time. PW: Absolutely, happy to do it. MR: Me too, I do appreciate your time. And I'm happy for you, your co-writing "Touch" and "Beyond" with Daft Punk. PW: Isn't that exciting, for an old guy to have something like this roll along? I met yesterday with a guy who writes for The Street and he said the most amazing thing: "You had cuts by Elvis and Ray Charles and Daft Punk." One of the miracles of my life is the fact that I live and work in a musical world where ageism isn't really nipping at my heels, evidently. I kind of like that. MR: Plus you've had a documentary about you and your life that premiered a few months ago. PW: It premiered for the first time in the Toronto Film Festival and then it was shown at the An ...
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Carole King's Major Honor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is showing singer-songwriter Carole King that she has friends at the White House. In the East Room on Wednesday night, Obama is presenting the 71-year-old singer-songwriter with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She is the first woman to receive the award given by the Library of Congress. King made famous such hits as "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "You've Got a Friend." Several friends from her five decades in the music business will be on hand to perform in King's honor, including Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. King is expected to perform, too. She told The Associated Press that it's a tremendous honor to be recognized with a place in history she never would have expected, and to have it happen at such a historic venue. Past recipients of the prize include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. "It is yet another of the many i ...
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The White House Adds A Dash Of Soul Into Their Step
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON — The White House is celebrating the history and sound of Memphis soul music. Legendary artist and younger acts, ranging from Sam Moore and Mavis Staples to Ben Harper and Justin Timberlake, were rehearsing at the White House on Tuesday to help President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama highlight that style of music at an evening concert. Students from around the country participated in a workshop with some of the artists. The event is the 10th installment in the "In Performance at the White House" series. It is scheduled for broadcast April 16 on PBS stations. Starting in February 2009, the series has celebrated the music of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Hispanic music, music from the civil-rights era, Motown and the blues, Broadway and country music.
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Brian Levin, J.D.: Phil Ramone, Magical Genius Who Elevated His Artists' Music Passes
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The legendary, yet humble, recording genius, Phil Ramone, 79, whose influence across a stunning spectrum of popular music for decades has passed away in New York. CNN stated, "His collaboration credits are a Who's Who of the music industry," while the Associated Press praised his "platinum touch" in engineering and producing as "spectacular and diverse." He was the recipient of 14 Grammy Music Awards as well as a lifetime achievement Grammy, and was nominated for a dizzying total of 33 overall. He has won Grammy Awards in every decade from the 1960s onward for albums, play scores and soundtracks. Included in these are Albums of The Year for 1975, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years (#1); 1979, Billy Joel's 52nd Street (#1); and 2004, Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, as well as Producer of the Year for 1980, and 1978 Record of the Year for Billy Joel's beautiful Just The Way You Are. His work on a 1973 television special on Duke Ellington earned him an Emmy Aw ...
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Steve Fleischli: Los Angeles County Water Pollution and the U.S. Supreme Court
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In their Oscar-winning song, Burt Bacharach and Hal David got it all wrong: Raindrops keep fallin' on my head But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red Cryin's not for me Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin' Because I'm free... Nothin's worryin' me... Red eyes--well, infections known as pinkeye--actually are among the many health problems those raindrops can cause when they fall on urban environments and pick up pollution, turning into a toxic brew. Polluted stormwater runoff also can cause more serious health consequences, such as gastro-intestinal, respiratory and neurological illnesses. The good news is that, rather than complainin' or worryin', we can do something--some simple and cost-effective things--about one of the worst sources of water pollution in America: stormwater runoff. We might not stop the rain, but we can stop it from turning into a pollution problem. As much as 10 trillion gallons of stormwater a year drain fro ...
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Burt Bacharach and Hal David on Christmas spending
Inquirer Business - about 4 years
Question: Christmas is just around the corner and it is not uncommon for me and my family to rack up total bills worth P50,000. Are there tips you can give to help us manage our expenses better during the holiday season?—Family desiring to follow the straight and narrow financial path
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Dustin Fitzharris: Dionne Warwick: Living for Now
Popeater - over 4 years
Fifty years ago Dionne Warwick scored her first Top 40 hit with "Don't Make Me Over." Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was not only the beginning of Warwick's career, but also a relationship that she refers to as a "triangle marriage that works." To commemorate her golden anniversary, Warwick has released Now. The album features new interpretations on several of her classics by Bacharach and David, as well as four new songs that are among the last written by David, who died in September at 91. Reflecting on all of the years they worked together, Warwick found it difficult to express what David meant to her. "He was just one of those people who will always be in my heart," Warwick said. "He was a friend. He was a mentor. He was just there. How do you explain that? I don't think I can." With a catalog of hits to choose from, the task of selecting songs for Now could have been daunting. However, Warwick left it up to others; asking friends, peers and ev ...
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Mike Ragogna: Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation with David Sanborn Mike Ragogna: David, let's get into Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology, your new doubledisc anthology. You participated in the track selection? David Sanborn: Yeah, I actually selected all of the tracks that are on this particular collection. So what I did was I went over all of the CDs that I made at Warner Brothers or Elektra, which is all part of the Warner group over the last twenty years, from '75 until sometime in the mid-nineties. What I tried to do was make this a little bit different from some of the other collections that had been put out because I didn't really have much of a hand in putting together those collections. What I wanted to do on this particular one, when they came to me and asked if I would be interested in doing it, was to try to represent not only the chronology of the records and the music and the evolution from '75 on, but also to kind of give the listener a sense of what I consider to be representative ...
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Fresh Air Remembers Lyricist Hal David
NPR - over 4 years
Hal David, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 91. David is best known for his many collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach between the late '50s and the mid-'70s. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hal David
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 90
    David was recuperating from a recent illness and was unable to attend the Washington D.C. presentation ceremony in May 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 89
    David and Bacharach were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, bestowed by the Library of Congress, the first time a songwriting team was given the honor.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 47
    David contributed lyrics to three James Bond film themes: in addition to "The Look of Love" from Casino Royale with Bacharach, he wrote "We Have All the Time in the World", with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and in 1979, "Moonraker", also with Barry, sung by Bond regular Shirley Bassey for the film of the same name.
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  • 1962
    Age 40
    David's work with other composers includes Albert Hammond for Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before",; Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody", with Sherman Edwards; the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit "Johnny Get Angry" also with Edwards; and "99 Miles From L.A." with Albert Hammond, recorded by Hammond and later Art Garfunkel.
    More Details Hide Details With Paul Hampton, David co-wrote the country standard "Sea of Heartbreak", a hit for Don Gibson and others.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 35
    In 1957, David met composer Burt Bacharach at Famous Music in the Brill Building in New York.
    More Details Hide Details The two teamed up and wrote their first hit "The Story of My Life", recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957. Subsequently, in the 1960s and early 1970s Bacharach and David wrote some of the most enduring songs in American popular music, many for Dionne Warwick but also for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon and others. In the UK a version of "The Story of My Life" recorded by Michael Holliday reached #1 in 1958 before being replaced by Perry Como's "Magic Moments", the first time any songwriter had consecutive #1 hits in the UK charts. Bacharach and David hits included "Alfie", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "This Guy's in Love with You", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "Walk On By", "What the World Needs Now Is Love", "I Say a Little Prayer", "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me", "One Less Bell to Answer" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Born
    Born on May 25, 1921.
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