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May042012

Burt Bacharach and Hal David to Be Honored by President Obama at the White House

David Livingston/Getty ImagesThe revered songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David will be presented with the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday during a gala at the White House.  The event will be hosted by President Barack Obama and the first lady, and will include a special tribute concert held in conjunction with the ongoing In Performance at the White House series.

Among the stars slated to perform at the ceremony are Stevie Wonder, pop-rock star Sheryl Crow, jazz artist Diana Krall and comic actor Mike Myers.  The festivities will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/Live starting at 7 p.m. ET.  In addition, a PBS special focusing on the event titled Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song -- In Performance at the White House will premiere on May 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Library of Congress also will host another concert honoring Bacharach and David this Tuesday at the Coolidge Auditorium.  Many of the same artists performing at the White House event will be on hand for this show as well.

The Gershwin Prize is awarded to songwriters whose contributions to the world of pop music "exemplify the standard of excellence associated with" the famed sibling songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin.  Previous honorees include Paul Simon, Wonder and Paul McCartney, who were acknowledged in 2007, 2009 and 2010, respectively. 

Among the many memorable hits co-written by Bacharach and David are "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "This Guy's in Love with You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Close to You," "Walk on By" "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "One Less Bell to Answer" and "To All the Girls I've Loved Before."

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