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Hal David 'was one of the giants of songwriting'

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.

  • 01 Sep 2012