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Hal David

Lyricist, Composer
( b. May 25, 1921 New York, New York, USA - d. Sep 01, 2012 ) Male
Relations: Brother of Mack David
Mr. David was born the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants who owned a delicatessen in Brooklyn.

Hal David was the Oscar-and Grammy-winning lyricist who in the 1960s and ’70s gave pop music vernacular the questions “What’s It All About?,” “What’s New, Pussycat?,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?

Mr. David, whose lyrics could be anguished pleas, wistful yearnings, sexy mash notes or wry musings — sometimes all four in the same song — was best known for the long strand of hits that he and the composer Burt Bacharach wrote for Dionne Warwick.

He was something of a late bloomer: he did not have his first Top 10 hit — “Magic Moments,” recorded by Perry Como — until 1958, when Mr. David was in his late 30s. His greatest achievements came well after he turned 40, when many other successful songwriters were half his age and many young performers were writing their own songs.

Mr. David’s words also found fertile ground on Broadway, in the hit musical “Promises, Promises”; in the movies, in the Oscar-winning song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

Though Mr. David lived to see his songs re-immortalized in movies like “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “There’s Something About Mary” and the Austin Powers series, and in a Broadway revue, “The Look of Love,” he came to think of his art as a lost one.

Source: The New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
Holler If Ya Hear Me
[Musical, Original]
  • Additional music by Hal David
Jun 19, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014
Baby It's You!
[Musical, Original]
  • Additional numbers by Hal David
Apr 27, 2011 - Sep 04, 2011
Promises, Promises
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Lyrics by Hal David
Apr 25, 2010 - Jan 02, 2011
The Look of Love
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Lyrics by Hal David
May 04, 2003 - Jun 15, 2003
André DeShields' Haarlem Nocturne
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Hal David
Nov 18, 1984 - Dec 30, 1984
Promises, Promises
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Lyrics by Hal David
Dec 01, 1968 - Jan 01, 1972
1969 Tony Award® Best Musical
 Promises, Promises [nominee]
Lyrics by Hal David
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