Lyricist Hal David often seemed to be joined at the hip to composer Burt Bacharach, so when David passed away this weekend at ninety-one, I decided to hunt down a song with David’s words and somebody else’s melody.
Fortunately, there are plenty of good examples of such, and this one is among the best:
The melodist here is Sherman Edwards, who spent several years in the Brill Building writing stuff for Elvis before he got sick of the whole scheme or of Colonel Tom Parker, perhaps and dropped everything to create a Great American Musical. Edwards died in 1981, by which time his 1776 had long since acquired classic status.
As for Sarah Vaughan, she was never all that fond of “Broken Hearted Melody,” deeming it “corny” but she was happy to sing it for the fans. And if we must have a Bacharach-David song here, let’s have this one:
My personal favorite, except when it’s this.