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Hal David: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Songwriter’s 5 Greatest Hits
Posted By Patrick Kiger On September 2, 2012 @ 3:22 pm In Bulletin Today,Legacy | Comments Disabled
To Hal David, who teamed with Burt Bacharach to create such classics as “Walk on By” and “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” writing songs was all about articulating what millions of people felt deep down in their souls.
“Above all, I try to create an emotion to which others can respond,” the acclaimed lyricist, who died in Los Angeles  yesterday at age 91, once explained to author Bill DeMain . “I assume that if it moves me, it may do the same for someone else.”
As singer Dionne Warwick, who turned David’s lyrics and Bacharach’s scores into hits, once put it: “There are some of Hal’s lyrics that I can listen to and cry to, and then feel a sort of release.”
But how David managed to connect so powerfully with what we all experience is where the songwriters’ craft comes in. Here are the flights of inspiration that inspired five of David’s most famous and enduring lyrics.
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 who died in Los Angeles: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-hal-david-20120902,0,3629922,full.story
 once explained to author Bill DeMain: http://books.google.com/books?id=1PxdYxdVC9oC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=%22hal+david%22&source=bl&ots=rjSBAc22rq&sig=niLmiyAmZGVxyutqulDp6CyNWmc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3JBDUK3DJOrH6AHawYGoCg&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22hal%20david%22&f=false
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K0eadZ0rYY
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 website: http://www.haldavid.com/words.htm
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