Cynthia Weil, author of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, dies at 82


Grammy-winning Songwriters Hall of Fame member Cynthia Weil — Husband co-wrote “You’re Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “On Broadway”, “Make Your Own Music Style”, “On Broadway”, “Walking in the Rain”, “You’re My Soul and Inspiration” and many other hit movies starring Brill Building colleague Barry Mann,” “Uptown,” “Kicks,” “Here You Come Again,” “Through the Fire,” “Somewhere Out There,” and many other dead, confirm daughter TMZ on Friday morning. No cause of death was disclosed; He was 82 years old.

“My mom, Cynthia Weil, was the greatest mom, grandma, and wife our family could ask for,” said Jenn Mann. “She was my best friend, confidant, and accomplice, and an idol and pioneer for women in music, she.”

Mann, pictured above with Weil in 2013, said, “I’m a lucky man. Two for one: my wife and one of the world’s greatest songwriters, my soul and inspiration.

A native of New York, Weil was a hit from the Midtown Manhattan building of the same name throughout the 1960s, with multiple productions of the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, the Drifters, the Monkees, the Animals, multiple Phil Spector productions, and more. In addition to Mann, whom she has been married to for nearly 62 years, there were two other married couples in the coven: Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, as well as Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Shadow Morton, Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and many more. more than. Despite the title, most of the work was done at 1650 Broadway, a few blocks from town; here the songwriters worked in splits and beat after beat, creating a canon of timeless, classic hits paired only with anonymity. writers, but a few, such as Diamond, King, and Sedaka, would later find success as artists, and Mann and Weil are actually characters in the King-inspired Broadway musical “Beautiful.”

He and Mann have also worked with other writers: their later hits include Lionel Richie’s “Running With The Night” and “Love Will Conquer All”, Peabo Bryson’s “If Ever You’re My Arms Again” and Pointer Sisters’ 1980s hit is included. He’s Very Shy.

The durability and timelessness of their songs is exemplified by Mann and Weil’s self-empowerment song “Make Your Own Music”, which was a hit for Cass Elliott in 1969, featured in the upcoming Margot Robbie trailer. – the movie “Barbie” in the lead role and finally “Mrs. America” and “Hacks”.

“Most people don’t know who we are,” Mann said in 2016. “They know our songs.”

Born into a conservative Jewish family in 1940, Weil trained as an actress, singer, and dancer, but her songwriting talent shone and became the patroness of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Frank Loesser. She formed a songwriting partnership with Mann; The two married Mann in 1961, and the two soon began creating hits.

The Brill Building songwriters soon became known for their inner-city, social-issue songs, and their 1962 hit “Uptown” was about a young man going to work downtown “where everybody’s his boss and he’s in a land of rage.”

But then, he comes to my rental apartment uptown every night.
Out of town where people don’t have to pay much rent
And when you’re there with me, she can see it all
Then he is tall, he does not crawl, he is a king.

Other Mann-Weil songs covered the Vietnam war (“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”) and US strife with “Only in America.” The second song, originally recorded but not released by Black act the Drifters, originally contained ironic lyrics that foreshadowed Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born in the USA”:

Only in America, land of opportunity
Can they reserve a seat in the back of the bus just for me?
Only in America where they preach the Golden Rule
Will my children start walking when they go to school?

However, the song’s lyrics were deemed very controversial, and the song – with altered, borderline chauvinistic patriotic lyrics – was given to Jay and the Americans. Weil and Mann, who wrote most of the duo’s lyrics, were said to be unhappy with the decision, even though the song was a hit.

As the 60s progressed, as Brill Building came to an end and artists began to focus on writing their own material, Weil and Mann released Dusty Springfield’s legendary 1968 “Dusty in Memphis” album (as well as Goffin and King, Burt Bacharach and songs by Hal David and Randy Newman). also included).

Dolly Parton’s version of “Here You Come Again”, Quincy Jones and James Ingram’s “Just Once”, Linda Ronstadt and Ingram’s “Somewhere Out There” (which won them a Grammy), and Hanson’s hits continued over the next three decades. continued. “I will come to you.”

In 1987 he and Mann were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and later received the organization’s top award, the Johnny Mercer Award. They received the Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010; She was the first woman to receive the honor.

Weil later worked as a novelist – starting with “I’m Glad I Did”, a mystery series set in 1963 – and in 2004 he and Mann wrote “They Wrote That?” sang their hits and told the stories behind them.

After accepting the honor from Rock Hall, Weil said, “From the bottom of my heart and with great humility, I thought you would never want to.”

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