Burt Bacharach, right, received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Barack Obama. Eunice David, left, accepted the prize on behalf of her husband, lyricist Hal David.
KC-born Burt Bacharach received the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last week in Washington, D.C.
Bacharach and his songwriting partner, lyricist Hal David, received the honor from President Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House. David, who recently suffered a stroke, was unable to attend. His wife, Eunice David, accepted on his behalf.
Photo courtesy of Burt Bacharach, via the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress announced last week that composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first time a songwriting team has been honored.
Bacharach was born in Kansas City; he lived here with his family until he was about four years old, when they moved to Queens borough of New York City.