Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne


Hal David, co-writer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid‘s “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” dies at 91

Posted by Max Lalanne on September 1, 2012

Hal David and Burt Bacharach (center) accepting their Best Song Oscar in 1970, with presenter Candice Bergen.

Legendary lyricist Hal David — who along with Burt Bacharach wrote the famous Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tune, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” which won them a Best Song Oscar in 1970 — has passed away at the ripe age of 91. David and Bacharach did a lot more than just that one (massively successful) song, of course, but “Raindrops” is still the one which resonates the most within cinema to this day. Its inclusion in Butch Cassidy helped make one gloriously happy scene, involving Paul Newman, Katharine Ross, and a very lucky bicycle, one of the most memorable ones in the entire 1969 film. Right there alongside the knife fight, the river jump, and the climatic shootout in Bolivia. You just feel like smiling all the time.


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