Stars pay tribute to Burt Bacharach's lyricist
michael baggs
15:05 3rd September 2012

Motown legend Dionne Warwick is among a host of stars who have paid tribute to lyricist Hal David, who died yesterday (2 September).

David's family say the 91-year-old, who was the songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach, died in Los Angeles after complications from a stroke.

Bacharach and David wrote the song 'Walk On By' and 'Say A Little Prayer' which were both hits for Warwick. The singer says that David's death was like losing "another family member".

The singer went on to say that she would "always have him with me, each time I sing the lyrics to songs such as Walk On By."

In a statement, Bacharach said that David's lyrics for 'A House Is Not A Home' and 'Alfie' were "as good as you can get".

Singer Smokey Robinson also joined in with tributes to the songwriter, calling him "one of the greatest composers ever".

Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who was himself the victim of an online death hoax last year, wrote on Twitter: "RIP Hal David. Superb American lyricist... He composed some of the greatest ever songs. A shining star"

Massive Attack said that David was a "songwriting genius".

David and Bacharach wrote some of the most iconic pop songs of the '60s and '70s, composing for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Tom Jones.

In 2011, the composers were given the Gershwin Prize for popular song by the US Library of Congress, the first time a songwriting team has been given the award.