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Burt Bacharach Composes Touching Hal David Tribute

There’s no better way to remember the late songwriter Hal David (pictured) than through the eyes and ears of the composer who worked closely with him for all those years. Burt Bacharach’s fond reminiscences, posted online last night and adorning the front page of today’s LA Times Calendar section, wonderfully capture the pair’s professional highs and lows.

Bacharach begins by mentioning some early collaborations that never saw the light of radio day. He then takes responsibility for their major falling out:

The big bump — a disagreement that arose during the failed attempt to remake the film Lost Horizon as a musical — was most unfortunate. Hal and I didn’t speak for 10 years except through our lawyers, and I will take the count for that one — my fault. What we might have written in those 10 years we’ll never know.

David passed away in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 91 of complications from a stroke. RIP.

[Photo of David at his October 14, 2011 Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony: Featureflash/Shutterstock.com]

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