Hal David

With their composer-lyricist partnership, Burt Bacharach and Hal David reached the pinnacle of romantic popcraft. David, who was 91 when he died on Sept. 1, penned the words to Bacharach's irresistible music. They could be laugh-out-loud witty ("What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia") or efficiently heartbreaking ("If you see me walking down the street/And I start to cry/Each time we meet/Walk on by"). Though the pair wrote signature hits for Tom Jones ("What's New Pussycat?") and Dusty Springfield ("The Look of Love"), their greatest work served Dionne Warwick's girlish pep ("Do...

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