Songwriter Hal David Dies

The songwriter whose words touched so many hearts died at age 91.
3:00 | 09/02/12

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a songwriter whose name you might not know, but whose songs likely made you smile. He was one-half of a writing duo to create the soundtrack for so many american lives. Hal david first teamed up with BURT BACHARACH IN THE 1960s. Who could forget this one? ♪ Rain drops keep falling on my head ♪ they would win oscar for those rain drops. They would collaborate by telephone. ♪ A comb in my hair now ♪ that's how they came up with this one. ♪ Wondering what dress to wear now ♪ say a little prayer for you ♪ david once said songs should be like a little film and say it as simply as possible. The idea of reaching out with warmth and love, it's so simple, but it's not so simple because people don't tend to do it. He would help make dionne warwick a star, she helped honor him in 2004 with a song. ♪ What the world needs now is love sweet love ♪ it's the only thing that there's just too little of ♪ and when there is heart break, three simple words. ♪ Walk on by ♪ her video in the 1960s. Hal david said when writing a song, if it went nowhere, he would stick it in a drawer, leave it for months, before trying it again. ♪ The tears and the sadness you gave me when you said goob ♪ something he told us a few years ago, perhaps just as poignant. I think my true politics are in what the world needs now is love. I think if that were the politics of the nation, it would be a happier place. ♪ hal david's widow said he died likely with a song in his head.

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