1939 – Songwriter Barry Mann, who with his wife, Cynthia Weill,

1939 – born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on This Day In Rock is Songwriter Barry Mann, who with his wife, Cynthia Weill, wrote such pop classics as “On Broadway” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,”

 

Barry Mann and lyricist Cynthia Weil operated a publishing company called Dyad Music. Mann’s first hit single as a writer was
a Top 20 song for The Diamonds in 1959, “She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)”. Mann co-wrote the song with Gerry Goffin. Mann had his biggest hit to the time in 1961 with “I Love How You Love Me” a No. 5 single for The Paris Sisters (written with Larry Kolber). Seven years later, Bobby Vinton would take the song into the Top 10. Mann himself hit the Top 40 as a performer with a novelty song co-written with Goffin in 1961, “Who Put The Bomp”, which parodied the nonsense words of the then popular doo-wop genre.

Mann chose to channel the bulk of his creativity into songwriting, despite his success as a singer with “Who Put the Bomp”. He formed a prolific partnership with Cynthia Weil, a lyricist he met while both were staff songwriters at Don Kirshner’s and Al Nevin’s Aldon Music, whose offices were located near the famed “Brill Building” composing-and-publishing factory. Mann and Weil married in 1961 and helped pioneer the more socially conscious side of the Brill Building-era songbook with hits such as “We Gotta Get out of This Place” by the Animals, “Uptown” by The Crystals, “Kicks” by Paul Revere & the Raiders and “Magic Town” by the Vogues. (Mann and Weil were upset when a song they’d written with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller “Only in America” and was originally conceived for and recorded by The Drifters as a cynical broadside against racial prejudice, was re-worked by Leiber and Stoller into an uncontroversial hit for Jay & the Americans.)

As of May 2009, Mann’s song catalog lists 635 songs. He has received 56 pop, R&B and country awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated [BMI], as well as 46 “Millionaire Awards” for radio performances numbering over one million plays. The most played song of the 20th century, with more than 14 million plays “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” was co-written with Weil and Phil Spector.

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