Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Remembers Hal David

Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Remembers Hal David

The Recording Academy released a statement on the passing of Hal David yesterday, September 1st, at the age of 91.

"Grammy winner Hal David was an exquisite lyricist who penned timeless songs that have become classics in the American songbook," President/CEO Neil Portnow said in the statement. "With his heartfelt and poetic lyrics, he wrote for countless legendary recording artists, and his songs such as 'Promises, Promises' and 'Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head' have graced Broadway stages and the silver screen, garnering both Oscar and Tony Awards.

"In 1997, The Recording Academy honored David and longtime writing partner Burt Bacharach with a Trustees Award, recognizing their historic contributions to the music industry. Our very own Grammy Museum includes a permanent Songwriters Hall Of Fame section thanks to a vision of David’s that brought a longtime dream of his to reality.

"His body of work has left a lasting impact on our culture, and today we have lost a true legend of our industry. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and those he inspired through his exceptional and legendary work."

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