PHOTO CALL: Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach Celebrate Hal David's 90th Birthday

By Matthew Blank
25 Oct 2011

Hal David, who penned the lyrics to Broadway's Promises, Promises, was honored with a musical tribute, in celebration of his 90th birthday, Oct. 17 at the Music Center of Los Angeles County.



Entitled Love, Sweet Love, the evening benefited The Blue Ribbon of the Music Center and The ASCAP Foundation. Paul Williams serves as Master of Ceremonies.

Among those scheduled to be part of the tribute were long-time collaborators Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick along with Herb Alpert, Liz Callaway, Kristin Chenoweth, Jackie DeShannon, Lani Hall, Albert Hammond, Michele Lee, Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson, B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell, Dwight Yoakam and the LACHSA Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Here is a look at the event:



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Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Hal David
Photo by Vince Bucci



"Hal David is a true American treasure," said Constance Towers Gavin, president, The Blue Ribbon, in a recent statement. "Few individuals have brought as much joy into the lives of generations throughout the world as our honoree. For all of us who know him, Hal is every bit as unforgettable as the words he has given us. How fitting to celebrate this milestone birthday here at our beautiful Music Center."

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head," "This Guy's in Love With You" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" are just three of the hits in a string of standards written by David. "Don't Make Me Over," "Close to You" and "Walk on By" are all in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Among David's million-sellers, all of which have become pop standards, are "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "Walk on By," "What The World Needs Now is Love," "I Say A Little Prayer," "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," "One Less Bell to Answer" and "To All The Girls I've Loved Before."