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.
Burt Bacharach (left) was born in Kansas City, Mo. With lyricist Hal David (right), he wrote some of the greatest songs of the 1960s, particularly for Dionne Warwick.
It’s not a significant song in the history of its principals, but there is a tie to Kansas City when The Story of My Life by Marty Robins hit No. 1 on the U.S. country chart on Dec. 1, 1957.
The song is the first significant success for the legendary songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1928 and his family lived here before moving to Queens, N.Y., when he was four years old.