Award-winning songwriter Hal David died from a complication of stroke at 91. His wife, Eunice, said he passed away at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday, September 1 morning.
David has written over 40 hits over the years, winning an Oscar and Grammy Awards for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach. Some of his famous works are "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Close to You", "I Say a Little Prayer" and "That's What Friends Are For". His lyrics have been recorded by such artists as Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Perry Como and Neil Diamond.
"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic - conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," ASCAP's current president, Paul Williams, said in a statement. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs ...the backdrop of our lives."