Burt Bacharach & Hal David weren’t cut from a similar cloth as the other Brill Building hit makers. They weren’t the adventurous teens (Leiber & Stoller), nor the rock and roll hipsters (Goffin & King, Mann & Weil, Barry & Greenwich). They didn’t emerge from a young pop group (Sedaka and the Tokens). Bacharach was born in Kansas city in 1928 and David – while a New Yorker like many of the others – was from a different generation – born in 1921. Hal experienced some limited success before coming into contact with Burt – composing for the likes of Mel Torme, Teresa Brewer and Frankie Laine. Burt on the other hand was a newcomer just waiting to happen. Their first hit collaboration set the stage. They had met at the Brill Building a year before they composed the number 1 country hit “The Story of My Life” by Marty Robbins. The song would also rise into the Hot 100 Top 20 – peaking at number 15.
And they were on their way! Hal David passed away in 2012. Visit the Bacharach/David Brill Building tribute page and discography.