Hal David Biography (1921-)

Born May 25, 1921, in New York, NY; son of Gedalier (a deli owner) and Lina (maiden name, Goldberg) David; married Anne Rauchman, December 24, 1947 (marriage ended); married Eunice Forester, September 2, 1988; children: (first marriage) Jim, Craig. Addresses: Office: Casa David, 12711 Ventura Blvd.,#420, Studio City, CA 91604.; Contact: 15 West 53rd St., New York, NY 10019-5401.

Lyricist for film, television, stage, and popular music
Birth Details
May 25, 1921
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Burt Bacharach: This Is Now, PBS, 1997
  • Himself, Diane Warren How Do I Live?, 2000
  • Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music, Arts and Entertainment,2001
  • Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Burt Bacharach, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Many of the songs David wrote with Bacharach have been released as original soundtrack recordings, including What's New Pussycat?, United Artists Records; Casino Royale, Colgems Records; The April Fools, United Artists Records; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, A&M Records; and Lost Horizon, Bell Records. The original cast recording of the stage play Promises, Promises was released by United Artists Recordsin 1968.
  • Song Lyricist
  • (With Archie Jordan) "It Was Almost Like a Song," RCA, 1977
  • Music by Bacharach
  • "The Story of My Life," Columbia, 1959
  • "Magic Moments," RCA, 1959
  • "Don't Make Me Over," Scepter, 1962
  • "Anyone Who Had a Heart," Scepter, 1963
  • "Reach out for Me," Scepter, 1964
  • "Walk on By," Scepter, 1964
  • "Here I Am," Scepter, 1965
  • "What the World Needs Now is Love," Scepter, 1965
  • "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself," Scepter, 1966
  • "Trains and Boats and Planes," Scepter, 1966
  • "I Say a Little Prayer," Scepter, 1967
  • "Message to Michael," Scepter, 1967
  • "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," Scepter, 1969
  • "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," Scepter, 1969
  • "Sunny Weather Lover," 1992
  • "You've Got It All Wrong," 1997
  • Film Lyricist with Bacharach
  • Title song, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, Paramount, 1962
  • Title song, Wives and Lovers, Paramount, 1963
  • Title song, Send Me No Flowers, Universal, 1964
  • Title song, What's New, Pussycat? (also known as Quoi de neuf,Pussycat?), United Artists, 1965
  • Title song, Alfie, Paramount, 1966
  • "The Look of Love," Casino Royale (also known as Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale), Columbia, 1967
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969
  • Title song, Something Big, Stanmore-Penbar, 1971
  • Lost Horizon, Columbia, 1973
  • Also wrote lyrics for Isn't She Great?
  • Film Lyricist
  • (With Morty Nevin) "Laugh and Be Happy," "So Long for Now," "Sunshowers,"Two Gals and a Guy (also known as Baby and Me), United Artists, 1951
  • Title song, The Sad Sack, 1957
  • "Warm and Tender," Lizzie, 1957
  • "Country Music Holiday," Country Music Holiday, 1958
  • Title song, Love in a Goldfish Bowl, 1961
  • Kid Galahad, 1962
  • Forever My Love, 1962
  • "You Are Sympathy to Me," My Geisha, 1962
  • Title song, A House Is Not a Home, 1964
  • Promise Her Anything, 1965
  • Title song, Made in Paris, 1966
  • Title song, Caccia alla volpe (also known as After the Fox), 1966
  • Title song, The April Fools, 1969
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (also known as Ian Fleming's OnHer Majesty's Secret Service and O.H.M.S.S.), 1969
  • "What's New, Pussycat," Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You, 1970
  • (With Johnny Mandell) "Bend over Backwards," The Man Who Had Power over Women, Kettledrum, 1970
  • Monte Walsh, 1970
  • The Raging Moon (also known as Long Ago Tomorrow), 1970
  • (With Henry Mancini) "Send a Little Love My Way," Oklahoma Crude,Columbia, 1973
  • The Return of the Pink Panther, 1975
  • Journey into Fear (also known as Burn Out), 1975
  • Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, 1975
  • "I Say a Little Prayer," Black Joy, Oakwood Entertainment, 1977
  • "Baby It's You," The Wanderers, 1979
  • (With John Barry) Title song, Moonraker (also known as Ian Fleming's Moonraker), United Artists, 1979
  • Parenthood, 1989
  • It Had to Be You, 1989
  • Fargo, Gramercy, 1996
  • Stage Lyricist
  • (With Burt Bacharach) Musical score, Promises, Promises, first produced at Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • (With Michel Legrand) Musical score, Brainchild, first produced atForrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1974
  • What the World Needs Now ... A Musical Fable, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1998
  • With Bacharach, also wrote score for Times Square.
  • Television Lyricist
  • Theme lyrics ("Let's Keep What We've Got"), Parent Trap II, 1986
  • "Some Things Never Change" (theme song), Sisters, CBS, 1990
  • Title song, Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • "Open Your Arms to the World," Victory and Valor: A Special Olympics All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1991
  • Also lyricist for "America Is," the official song of the Liberty Centennial for the Restoration of the Statue of Liberty, America Is, CBS.
  • Songbooks
  • What the World Needs Now and Other Love Lyrics, Trident, 1968
  • The Bacharach-David Song Book, Simon & Schuster, 1970
  • Bacharach and David, Almo, 1978
  • Hal David Songbook, Hal Leonard Publication Co., 1990

Further Reference


    • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Schirmer, 2001
    • Billboard, January 15, 2000, p. 76
    • Variety, February 26, 1986, p. 97
    • Hal David Official Site, http://www.haldavid.com/index.htm, May 5,2003

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