Hal David...coined many hits from the 1960s
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- His widow says "even at the end," Hal David "always had a song in his head."
The lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of songs as the duo became one of the most successful songwriting teams in modern history died today in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
His wife says he died of complications from a stroke.
The hits he co-wrote with Bacharach included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," which won them an Oscar when it was featured in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Several of their hits were recorded by Dionne Warwick, who first began singing their songs in 1962. They included "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "Always Something There to Remind Me."
Their title song for the movie "What's New, Pussycat" was a hit for Tom Jones.
Just this past May, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a White House tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama. David wasn't able to attend because of the stroke he had suffered.
The notable songs of Hal David and Burt Bacharach. David died Saturday at age 91:
-- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
--"This Guy's in Love with You"
--"I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
--"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
--"Don't Make Me Over"
--"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
--"Walk On By"
--"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
--"I Say a Little Prayer"
--"The Story of My Life"
--"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
--"One Less Bell to Answer"
--"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
--"What's New Pussycat?"
--"The Look of Love"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It won't have a tote board or Jerry Lewis.
And it won't be from Las Vegas.
But the goal remains the same for an annual Muscular Dystrophy Association television fundraiser set to air Sunday.
The renamed "MDA Show of Strength" will feature three hours of taped appearances by entertainers including country music star Carrie Underwood, pop singer Gavin DeGraw, alternative pop group OneRepublic, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am and songstress Carole King.
MDA spokeswoman Roxan Olivas says the show was pre-produced and taped in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, Tenn.
It is set to run on various TV and cable channels in 150 markets around the country from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central and Mountain time and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- "Hobbit" fans need only wait seven months between the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated trilogy.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced Friday the final film in the series will be called "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and released worldwide on July 18, 2014. The title was taken from the second installment, which will now be called "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Here's how it all breaks down:
-- "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' Dec. 14, 2012.
-- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Dec. 13, 2013.
-- "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," July 18, 2014.
Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved masterpiece, "The Hobbit" series will be released in High Frame Rate 3-D, other 3-D formats, IMAX and 2-D.
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