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Saturday, September 1, 2012

King David

One of the top songwriters of the rock era, although rock was not his specialty, Hal David has died at the age of 91.   He is best known as a lyricist with Burt Bacharach.  Mind-blogging array of hits--most of them, it needs to be said, also great pop songs, to name a few.  Fun to recall, in aftermath of RNC, his song "A House Is Not a Home" opening: "A chair is still a chair/ Even if no one is sitting there."

I was a big Gene Pitney fan as a kid, so see "24 Hours from Tulsa" vid below.  And more recently, a song few know he co-wrote, "Sea of Heartbreak," here with Rosanne Cash and Springsteen.

Anyone Who Had a Heart
Close to You
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Don't Make Me Over
I Say a Little Prayer
Make It Easy on Yourself
My Little Red Book
Only Love Can Break a Heart
Sea of Heartbreak
The Look of Love
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
There's Always Something There
    to Remind Me
This Guy's in Love With You
Walk on By
What the World Needs Now is Love
What's New Pussycat?
Wishin' and Hopin'
Wives and Lovers
and more

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