Songwriters Bacharach, David win Gershwin Prize

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 9:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring musicians Burt Bacharach and Hal David as "two kings of songwriting" with the nation's highest prize for popular music.

The songwriting duo received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize on Wednesday night at a White House concert featuring Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and others.

Obama says their songs "captured the emotions of our daily lives" and continue to resonate decades later.

Bacharach and David have written many unforgettable tunes. To name a few of their hits, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," ''Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For" all come from their songbook.

They are being honored with the Gershwin Prize for a lifetime of achievements. The award honors the legacy of the songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin.

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