The husband and wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil met when both were working for Aldon Music, owned by Al Nevins and Don Kirshner. They were elected to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1987 and to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and have received 112 pop, R&B and Country awards from Broadcast Music, Inc. Their website has all of the details of their incredible careers, both as a songwriting team and in collaboration with other songwriters. A partial list of the songs can be found on Wikipedia, where you can see the list of artists who made their songs into hits over the years.
The first selection today is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” which they wrote with Phil Spector. It was a hit for the Righteous Brothers in 1964, when it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the UK singles chart and #2 ion the R&B chart. It has been covered numerous times, by Cilla Black, Hall and Oates, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, and Long John Baldry, among others. Their website says this about the song: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling has been honored as the most performed song in the BMI catalogue and the most performed song of the twentieth century. It has garnered more than fourteen million performances, the first BMI song ever to achieve that milestone. If played back-to-back 24 hours a day, this equals more than 65 years of continuous airplay. This rock and roll classic has also received 14 pop awards …another record achievement and The Righteous Brothers’ recording has been selected for inclusion in the Grammy Hall of Fame.” We’re going to add to that 65 years here.
The second selection is “Kicks,” a hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1966. It reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Canada that year. Mann and Weil had originally written it for The Animals, but Eric Burdon turned it down.
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, your Two for Tuesday, November 3, 2015.