Hal David, 91. The other half of a remarkable partnership with Burt Bacharach, he wrote the lush, romantic lyrics that fueled a hit machine turning out decades of love songs. I can’t think of a false lyrical note in any of his work; he wrote beautifully concise and powerful lyrics, and I hope they last another generation. He was a giant, and we won’t see anyone like him again for a long time.

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