Bette Midler hosts PBS tribute to Hal David

Image of Hal David. (PBS)“Alfie”, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

Sound familiar?

“Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, “I Say a Little Prayer.”

Your brain now is accessing memory files from the ’60s and ’70s.

“(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, “One Less Bell to Answer” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart”

Admit it. You’re singing to yourself now wondering why they don’t write songs like that anymore. If you remember the lyrics from these major American hits, tune in tonight to “If What The World Needs Now: Words by Hal David” airing on Channel 13 in the NYC metropolitan area (Saturday, April 6 at 10 p.m.)

Bette Midler (yeah!) hosts the musical tribute to the great lyricist whose songs, often written with (and sung by Dionne Warwick), dominated the pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s. Interviews and clips featuring Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, and others, are featured.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Besides radio and TV, David (son of Austrian Jewish immigrants who grew up in Brooklyn, NY) is a Broadway vet. His lyrics were heard on Broadway from 1972 to 2014 in  Promises, Promises,  An Evening With Diana Ross,  André DeShields’ Haarlem Nocturne,  The Look of Love, Holler If Ya Hear Me

The David and Bacharach partnership extended to film and  includes the Oscar-nominated title songs for “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Alfie“, “The Look of Love“, from Casino Royale; and the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In addition, “Don’t Make Me Over“, “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “Walk On By” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

David’s credits also include penning popular music lyrics  in the 1940s with material written for bandleader Sammy Kaye and Guy Lombardo.
It wasn’t until 1957 that David met composer Burt Bacharach at  Famous Music in the Brill Building in New York. The two teamed up and wrote their first hit “The Story of My Life“, recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957.