Legendary songwriter Hal David dead at 91

Legendary songwriter Hal David dead at 91

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14: Hal David is honored with a Star in celebration of his career and 90th birthday on October 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 5:25 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hal David, who along with partner Burt Bacharach penned dozens of top 40 hits for a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died at the age of 91.

David died of complications from a stroke Saturday morning in Los Angeles, according to Jim Steinblatt, spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  David was a longtime member and former president of ASCAP.

Bacharach and David wrote many timeless tunes including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For." They churned out hit music for movies, television.

Earlier this year the duo received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a White House tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama.

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