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Songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David win Gershwin Prize

NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (L-R) Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David attend the Broadway Opening of "Promises, Promises" at Broadway Theatre on April 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Neil Simon;Burt Bacharach;Hal David
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Burt Bacharach and Hal David attend the Broadway Opening of "Promises, Promises" at Broadway Theatre on April 25, 2010, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) President Barack Obama is honoring the brainpower behind the unforgettable tunes "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Close to You," and others recorded by artists spanning Dionne Warwick, the Carpenters, Alicia Keys and the cast of "Glee."

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama will present the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In the 1960s and beyond, their work produced some of the most popular music for movies, television and recording artists.

Stars including Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall and Stevie Wonder will perform in their honor. The concert will be broadcast May 21 on PBS for the series "In Performance at the White House."

Bacharach says the honor may top his Academy Awards. David is recovering from a stroke and won't attend.

The Gershwin Prize is named in honor of the songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin. It's given to musicians whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.

Mr. Obama has previously honored Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder with the prize.