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Hal David, songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach, dies aged 91

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Hal David, Burt Bacharach's songwriting partner for dozens of Top 40 hits, has died age 91.

David died of complications from a stroke this morning (September 1) in Los Angeles.

Hal David

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The AP reports that Jim Stenblatt, spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced his death in a statement. David had been a longtime member and former president of ASCAP.

Along with Bacharach, David wrote a number of the classic songs of the 1960s and 1970s, including 'Close to You', 'That's What Friends Are For', 'What's New Pussycat?', 'Walk on By', and the Oscar-winning 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head'.

As well as his tremendously successful songwriting partnership with Bacharach, David worked with a number of other songwriters and composers, including Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias and John Barry, with whom he wrote Bond theme 'We Have All the Time in the World'.

Earlier this year, David and Bacharach were presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.

Watch the video for the David-penned 'Close to You' below:

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