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Legendary Songwriter Hal David Passes Away At The Age Of 91

Source: Grand Performances via flickr

One of pop and country musics most-legendary songwriters passed away September 1st;  Hal David – who sometimes partnered with Burt Bacharach – died from a stroke at the age of 91.

To be sure, most people are instantly-familiar with the cream of Hal David’s catalog.  “This Guys In Love With You”.  “One Less Bell To Answer”.  “What’s New Pussycat?”.  “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”.  “What The World Needs Now Is Love”.  “(They Long To Be) Close To You”.

But as a lifelong country music fan, I was most-surprised by the other songs that Hal David wrote.  For example, I didn’t now that he was the man behind Marty Robbins “The Story Of My Life” or Ronnie Milsap’s “It Was Almost Like A Song” or even Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias’ “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”.  Sadly, I had never made the connection that these songs also came from David.

Source material includes wikipedia.com and http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/arts/music/hal-david-oscar-and-grammy-winning-songwriter-is-dead-at-91.html?pagewanted=all

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