The husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have had a successful partnership, having written or cowritten 83 songs together and many more individually or with other songwriters. Their song “Somewhere Out There,” cowritten with James Horner and used in the 1988 animated film An American Tail, won two Grammys, one for Song of the year and the other for Best Song Written for Visual Media. I had a hard time limiting this to five songs, but here’s the full list for your listening enjoyment.
- Eydie Gormé, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova"
- The Animals, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
- Dolly Parton, "Here You Come Again"
- Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, "Somewhere Out There"
- Paul Revere and The Raiders, "Kicks"
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, your Five For Friday, January 6, 2023.