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Burt Bacharach & Hal David

I've been fortunate to receive a number of music-industry honors during my career. However, the news of being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize was especially meaningful to me. I am humbled and excited at the same time to receive this prestigious award.
—Burt Bacharach

“It’s a great honor to receive this award and to follow the past recipients, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney – it doesn’t get any better than this.”
—Hal David


2012 Gershwin Bacharach David Videos

The Grammy and Academy Award-winning pair--composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David--first began collaborating in the 1950s at the famous Paramount Music Co. in New York's storied Brill Building. In the 1960s and 1970s they were almost as well-known as the singers they wrote for, including Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, Gene Pitney and Herb Alpert. Their work in that period included such iconic songs as "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "Walk on By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Make It Easy on Yourself," "Close to You," "There's Always Something There to Remind Me," and many others. Collaborations for film included "Alfie," "What's New Pussycat?," "The Look of Love," "After the Fox," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." The signature song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) won an Oscar and an ASCAP award for the "Most Performed Feature Film Standard." Today the timeless songs of Bacharach and David continue to be recorded by such artists as Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Cyndi Lauper, and are beloved by every new generation.

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