Wednesday 5 September 2012

Rest In Peace, Hal David

A death that passed many of us by on the first of the month (September, 2012) was that of Hal David. A genius of  a lyricist, he wrote many a great song over the decades- even though you probably weren't aware of him or his contribution to music. Well, regular commenter (and also, post writer) Opie wrote a few words regarding his passing in an email, and I thought I'd share them:

Songwriters, where would our Divas be without them? Would we remember the great Divas if their wonderful voices weren't singing words and music which touch our hearts across time?

This week saw the passing away, at the ripe old age of 91, of one of the great lyricists of popular music, Hal David.

His words to the enduring tunes by Burt Bacharach surely served the following Divas well?

In celebration...

Aretha Franklin- I Say A Little Prayer

Shirley Bassey- The Look Of Love

Carpenters- Close To You

Dionne Warwick- I'll Never Fall In Love Again

Diana Krall - Walk On By

More on the impressive career of Hal David: Wikipedia


Rest In Peace.


  1. Thanks for posting this DD. :)

  2. Love all of these songs. Timeless lyrics, timeless music.

  3. Ah Hal, what a legend, R.I.P.
    I wasn't aware that he had passed away, I don't keep up much with the news unless it's politics and other such things.
    While his contributions will most likely be lost on most of the young generation the fact that his contributions are still there will never be erased.
    Truly a great songwriter, while I've never truly been in love with another his lyrics truly did speak to those in love.

  4. He will surely be forever in our ears and hearts!