Hal David's greatest hits
September 1st, 2012
07:31 PM ET

Hal David's greatest hits

Here is a list of some of the many hits with lyrics written by Hal David, who died Saturday at age 91:

"The Four Winds and the Seven Seas," for Vic Damone
"The Bell Bottom Blues," for Teresa Brewer
"Broken Hearted Melody," for Sarah Vaughan
"Sea of Heartbreak," for Don Gibson
"Johnny Get Angry," for Joanie Sommers
"My Heart's an Open Book," for Carl Dobkins, Jr.
"The Story of My Life," for Marty Robbins
"Magic Moments," for Perry Como
"Blue on Blue," for Bobby Vinton
"Wives and Lovers," for Jack Jones
"What the World Needs Now is Love," for Jackie De Shannon
"This Guy's in Love with You," for Herb Alpert
"(They Long to Be) Close to You," for The Carpenters
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," for Sandie Shaw
"What's New Pussycat," for Tom Jones
"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," for the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and recorded by B.J. Thomas
"Promises, Promises," from the musical of the same name
"99 Miles from L.A.," performed by Albert Hammond
"To All the Girls I've Loved Before," performed by Albert Hammond
The theme for the movie "Moonraker"

For Gene Pitney:
"Only Love Can Break a Heart"
"24 Hours from Tulsa"
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"
For Dionne Warwick:
"Don't Make Me Over"
"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
"Walk on By"
"Reach Out for Me"
"You'll Never Get to Heaven If You Break My Heart"
"A House is Not a Home"
"I Say a Little Prayer"
"Message to Michael"
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
"I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
For Dusty Springfield:
"Wishin' and Hopin'"
"The Look of Love"
What's your favorite Hal David song? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. esd

    This guy's in love with you, alfie..although he had a great list of tunes with his songwriting other half, the also legendary Burt Bacharach..RIP

    September 2, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. TM

    "Only Love Can Break a Heart" – the Raindrops flow from "Anyone Who Had a Heart" for
    Hal Davis has "Walk[ed] on By." What's it all about "Alfe." Its about the love that leaves
    "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," to millions of others, now and in
    the future. Hal Davis was more than "Promises, Promises;" his heart gave us all
    "The Look of Love."

    September 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steller's Sea Cow

    "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
    I have always been purty much a loner, this one goes wayyyyy back to my childhood.
    In youth, there are those who were Pot-heads, book-worms, shock-jock, and then there is the observer... me! 😉

    'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
    Because I'm free
    Nothin's worryin' me

    Hence; the mind-set of pot heads in the 70's ... flower-power and free love!!!!!!!
    Now, its mind-altering mad men, global uprisings, and the s3xually driven sico's of organizations who are suppose to be a safe haven for our youth...
    Hmmm... Wonder who could be behind this? Could it be ... SATAN? (as the church lady would say)
    Sarcasm intended

    September 2, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
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  5. Master Gigi

    Hal David"s music was on in the sixties constantly. My fav was "Look of Love" It made a majic time so much better. Rest easy you wonderful pop genius. Thankyou Sir.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lilly

    When I think of the mid-late 60's, this music always comes to mind. Really made that era extra special and memorable.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paul613

    I will be forever grateful to My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) for the scene where everyone in the restaurant sings "I Say A Little Prayer." You can find the scene online.

    September 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CLD5

    There was no one better throughout his career. His lyrics together with Burt Bacharach's music represent the best of the late 50's and 60's and are among my favorites of all time. Rest in Peace Hal David and thank you for the incredible lyrics.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Schaeffer

    Ohhh so many great songs but I would pick 'Only Love Can Break a Heart' by Gene Pitney.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cp

    "House is not a Home" best version sung by Tamyra Gray is a beautiful song.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Liza

    I'll never fall in love again.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael McGonigle

    I love the fact that it was Hal David's lyrics, with composer John Barry's melodies and Louis Armstrong's vocals on the song 'We Have All The Time In The World" for the James Bond film On Her Majesties Secret Service. . .the only Bond film that actually has a lovely "falling in love" montage with Bond and his girl Tracy walking along beaches and through gardens at sunset and such. The sequence seems mawkish now, but it is still a very beautiful song.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis Sorkin

    What the World Needs Now by Jackie De Shannon missing from the list and wonderful as well as most of his hits, Probably f the best lyricist in recording history. His legacy will live on throughout time. My condolences to Jim and family.

    September 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
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