Hal David 'was one of the giants of songwriting'

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Radio and TV presenter Paul Gambaccini has said that the songwriter Hal David, who has died at the age of 91, was "one of the giants of all-time of popular music songwriting".

David won two Oscars for his work on the soundtrack for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - one for best music, and the other for the song Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head. Both awards were shared with Burt Bacharach.

The pair also wrote a string of hits for Dionne Warwick, including Walk On By, and co-wrote songs for films including Alfie and Casino Royale.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said David had died in Los Angeles from complications from a stroke.

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