Cynthia Weil, Grammy Winning Lyricist Who Had Hits With Husband Barry Mann, Dies at 82

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Cynthia Weil, a Grammy-winning lyricist of notable scope and endurance who enjoyed a decades-long concern with hubby Barry Mann and helped constitute “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” “Walking successful the Rain,” and dozens of different hits, has died astatine property 82.

Weil’s daughter, Dr. Jenn Mann, said that the songwriter died Thursday astatine her location successful Beverly Hills, California, “surrounded by her family.” Mann, the couple’s lone child, declined to mention a circumstantial origin of death.

Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, joined successful 1961, were 1 of fashionable music’s astir palmy teams, portion of a singular ensemble recruited by impresarios Don Kirshner and Al Nevins and based successful Manhattan’s Brill Building neighborhood, a fewer blocks from Times Square. With specified hit-making combinations arsenic Carole King and Gerry Goffin and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, the Brill Building opus mill turned retired galore of the biggest singles of the 1960s and beyond.

“I grew up astir a batch of euphony and 2 incredible, brilliant, originative geniuses,” Jenn Mann said. “My parents inspired each different to constitute large songs. My ma ever said that erstwhile things were bully they had each other, and erstwhile things weren’t arsenic bully they had their music.”

Weil and Mann were cardinal collaborators with shaper Phil Spector connected songs for the Ronettes (“Walking successful the Rain”), the Crystals (“He’s Sure the Boy I Love”) and different performers, and besides provided hits for everyone from Dolly Parton to Hanson. “Somewhere Out There,” a collaboration with James Horner for the soundtrack of “An American Tail,” won Grammys successful 1987 for champion opus and champion opus for a movie oregon television, and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. “Don’t Know Much,” a Linda Ronstadt-Aaron Neville duet they helped write, was a apical 5 deed that won a champion popular show Grammy successful 1990.

Their astir celebrated song, a enactment of past overall, was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” an anthem of “blue-eyed soul” produced by Spector arsenic if scoring a calamity and sung with hopeless fury by the Righteous Brothers. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” topped the charts successful 1965 and was covered by galore different artists. According to Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), nary different opus was played much connected vigor and tv successful the 20th century.

Weil and Mann were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame successful 1987 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame successful 2010, with King introducing them astatine the Rock Hall ceremony. Mann and Weil were supporting characters successful the deed Broadway philharmonic astir King, “Beautiful,” which opened successful 2013 and documented the aggravated relationship and rivalry betwixt the 2 joined couples. Mann and Weil’s philharmonic “They Wrote That?” had a little tally successful 2004.

“Cynthia’s precocious nonrecreational modular made america each amended songwriters. My favourite Cynthia lyric is, “Just a small lovin’ aboriginal successful the mornin’ beats a cupful of java for startin’ retired the day,‘” King wrote connected her societal media accounts Friday, quoting from the Mann-Weil ballad “Just a Little Lovin,‘” covered by Dusty Springfield among others.

“If we’re lucky, we cognize this is true, but she wrote it—and past she rhymed ‘mornin’’ with ‘yawnin’’ successful the adjacent verse. May the bequest of lyrics by Cynthia Weil proceed to talk to and for generations to come.”

Weil, the girl of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, was calved successful New York City and studied soft and ballet arsenic a child. She majored successful theatre astatine Sarah Lawrence College, but was encouraged by an cause to effort songwriting.