BMG Buys Hit-Packed Publishing Catalog of Hal David

Burt Bacharach Pearl Bailey and Hal
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BMG has acquired the publishing catalog of the late lyricist Hal David, who penned a string of hits with longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach.

The catalog, which the firm purchased from David’s sons for an undisclosed amount, includes David’s interests in evergreen compositions co-authored by Bacharach. These include “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” (the Oscar-winning No. 1 hit from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”), as well as such other Oscar nominees as “What’s New Pussycat,” “Alfie” and (from “Casino Royale”) “The Look of Love.”

Bacharach signed an exclusive publishing administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group in July 2013.

“The music of Hal David is sewn into the fabric of American culture. His timeless songs have the ability to immediately evoke emotion from music fans and will be appreciated for decades to come,” said Laurent Hubert, BMG Chrysalis North America president of creative and marketing. “David’s work has left a lasting impact and will continue to be sampled and covered throughout time.”

Several Bacharach-David compositions that became 1960s smash hits for vocalist Dionne Warwick also reside in the catalog, including “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” (the latter drawn from “Promises, Promises,” the 1968 Tony nominee as best musical). Other hits in the catalog include the Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s in Love With You” and the 5th Dimension’s “One Less Bell to Answer.”

In May 2012, David and Bacharach were honored by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Songs. David succumbed to a stroke that September. 

(Pictured: Burt Bacharach, Pearl Bailey and Hal David)

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