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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find it informative!
Hal David–American Lyricist
Hal David recently passed away, on September 1st of this year, and I want to focus on his work in tonight’s Cabaret Through Time post. He is probably best known for the songs that he wrote with composer Burt Bachrach, and his awards that he won for his work as a lyricist of pop standards are legion. He won an Academy Award for “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” received Oscar nominations for “What’s New Pussycat,” “Alfie,” and “The Look of Love.” Top entertainers, including Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dustry Springfield, Tom Jones and and others. He wrote the lyrics for the songs in the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, which won a Grammy award.
There are several sources of information about Hal David, the primary one being his official website. Wikipedia also has an article, and there is an entry at IMDB of his film writing. Articles about Mr. David were published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many publications. Several videos featuring the songs of Hal David can also be found on You Tube. There is also an interview hosted by Terry Gross of Fresh Air on NPR that featured both David and Bachrach.
On Mr. David’s website, you will find a link called Words from Hal David. This is must reading if you are a lyric writer, or an interpreter of Hal David’s lyrics. In this section he talks a bit about his process of writing song lyrics, and it’s fascinating. You will also find a listing of his most well-known songs, as well as a complete songbook listing, a wonderful resource for singers.
Hal David was born in New York City in 1929. Early on, according to Wikipedia, he wrote material for Sammy Kaye and Guy Lombardo. He met Burt Bachrach in 1957, and the two started turning out songs that were hits immediately.
There are so many wonderful songs that Hal David wrote, it is difficult to just choose a few, but here goes. This is a live recording of Bachrach and David performing on stage together:
A Hal David interview with Music Express Magazine:
Cabaret entertainer Jennifer Sheehan does a Bachrach and David medley at Feinsteins:
And Dionne Warwick with the gorgeous “Alfie”:
And another one performed by Ms. Warwick: ”I Say A Little Prayer For You”:
Which recordings of Hal David’s songs do you like the most and why? Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!
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Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time