Five For Friday: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

I wrote about the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in 2015. This is what I said then:

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.

Here are five songs that they have written together. They’ve also written songs separately, along with other songwriters or, in the case of Barry, by himself.

  1. Eydie Gormé, “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”
  2. Paul Peterson, “My Dad”
  3. The Animals, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”
  4. The Righteous Brothers, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspirattion”
  5. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Hungry”

That’s Five For Friday for November 11, 2022.

8 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

  1. Hi John – these sound great … I know a few of them … but must listen to the rest – interesting choices … cheers Hilary


  2. Wow to go from that Dad so g, which I have seen this clip before to the Animals is a huge jump. I would not have thought it came from the same song writing team. I enjoyed this. I should get a Righteous Bros. CD.


    1. “My Dad” certainly is a tearjerker. That’s what makes them a good songwriting team: they can have you laughing with one song and tear yor heart out with the next. Glad you enjoyed it!


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