The Info List - Barry Mann

Barry Mann
Barry Mann
(born Barry Imberman; February 9, 1939)[1] is an American songwriter, and part of a successful songwriting partnership with his wife, Cynthia Weil. He has written or co-written 53 hits in the UK and 98 in the US.[2]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Songs written by Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Mann was born to a Jewish family[3] on February 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City. Career[edit] His first successful song as a writer was "She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)", a Top 20 chart-scoring song composed for the band the Diamonds in 1959. Mann co-wrote the song with Mike Anthony (Michael Logiudice). In 1961, Mann had his greatest success to that point with "I Love How You Love Me", written with Larry Kolber and a no. 5 scoring single for the band the Paris Sisters, (seven years later, Bobby Vinton's version would score in the Top 10). The same year, Mann himself reached the Top 40 as a performer with a novelty song co-written with Gerry Goffin, "Who Put the Bomp", which parodied the nonsense words of the then-popular doo-wop genre.[1][4] Despite his success as a singer, Mann chose to channel his creativity into songwriting, forming a prolific partnership with Weil, a lyricist he met while both were staff songwriters at Don Kirshner and Al Nevin's company Aldon Music, whose offices were located in Manhattan near the famed composing-and-publishing factory the Brill Building. Mann and Weil, who married in 1961, developed some songs intended to be socially conscious, with successes such as "Uptown" by the Crystals, "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by the Animals, "Magic Town" by the Vogues, and "Kicks" by Paul Revere & the Raiders. (Mann and Weil were disturbed when "Only In America", a song they had written with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and conceived originally for and recorded by the Drifters as a protest against racial prejudice, was re-worked by Leiber and Stoller into an uncontroversial success for Jay & the Americans.) As of May 2009[update], Mann's song catalog lists 635 songs.[5] He has received 56 popular music, country, and Rhythm&Blues awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated, and 46 Millionaire Awards for radio performances numbering more than one million plays.[6] The song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", co-written with Weil and Phil Spector, was the most played song of the 20th century, with more than 14 million plays. Mann has composed songs for movies, most notably "Somewhere Out There", co-written with Weil and James Horner, for the 1986 animated movie An American Tail. Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
and James Ingram
James Ingram
performed the song as a duet during the movie's closing credits; their version was released as a single, which scored No. 2 on the Billboards charts and became a "gold"-scoring record. "Somewhere Out There" would win two 1987 Grammy Awards, as Song of the Year and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television. "Somewhere Out There" was also nominated for a 1986 Oscar as best song, but lost to "Take My Breath Away" from "Top Gun" (a film that featured the Weil-penned "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" in a key scene). Mann's other movie work includes the scores for I Never Sang for My Father and Muppet Treasure Island, and songs for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
and Oliver & Company.

Carole Bayer Sager, Carole King, Cynthia Weil
Cynthia Weil
and Barry Mann
Barry Mann
in December 2012

Mann co-wrote, with Dan Hill, the song "Sometimes When We Touch," which scored No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1987, Mann and Weil were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[1] In 2011, they received the Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
Award, the greatest honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[7] Mann and Weil were named among the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[8] Mann and Weil now operate a publishing company named Dyad Music.[9] Personal life[edit] Mann married Cynthia Weil
Cynthia Weil
in August 1961. They have one daughter, Dr. Jenn Mann. They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[10] Songs written by Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil[edit] Main article: List of songs written by Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil

"Absolutely Green" – Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise
(written for A Troll in Central Park). "Another Goodbye" – Donna Fargo
Donna Fargo
(co-written with Scott English). "Black Butterfly" – Deniece Williams. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" – Eydie Gorme. "Bless You" - Tony Orlando. "Brown Eyed Woman" – Bill Medley. "Christmas Vacation" – movie title song. "Coldest Night of the Year" – Twice As Much featuring Vashti Bunyan. "Don't Know Much" – Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville
and Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
(written with Tom Snow). "Don't Make My Baby Blue" – The Shadows, The Move. "Good Time Living" – Three Dog Night. "Heart" – Kenny Chandler, Wayne Newton. "Here You Come Again" – Dolly Parton. "He's Sure the Boy I Love" – The Crystals. "How Can I Tell Her It's Over" – Andy Williams. "Hungry" – Paul Revere & the Raiders. "I Just Can't Help Believing" – B. J. Thomas, Elvis Presley. "I'm a Survivor" - Jon English "I'm Gonna Be Strong" – Gene Pitney; Cyndi Lauper. "It's Getting Better" – Cass Elliot. "It's Not Easy" – Normie Rowe, Will-O-Bees, Colin Blunstone
Colin Blunstone
(as Neil MacArthur). "I Will Come to You" – Hanson. "Just a Little Lovin' (Early in the Morning)" – Sarah Vaughan, Dusty Springfield, Carmen McRae, Billy Eckstine, Bobby Vinton, Shelby Lynne. "Just Once" – James Ingram
James Ingram
with Quincy Jones. "Kicks" – Paul Revere & the Raiders. "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" – Gene Pitney, Marlena Shaw, The Fortunes, The Partridge Family. "Love Her" - The Everly Brothers, The Walker Brothers. "Love Led Us Here" – John Berry, Helen Darling. "Magic Town" – The Vogues. "Make Your Own Kind of Music" – "Mama" Cass Elliot. "Never Gonna Let You Go" – Sérgio Mendes. " New World Coming - Mama Cass. "None of Us Are Free" (Mann, Weil, Brenda Russell) – Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Solomon Burke. "On Broadway" – The Drifters
The Drifters
George Benson
George Benson
(written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller). "Once Upon a Time in New York City" – (written with Howard Ashman for Oliver and Company). "Only in America" – Jay and the Americans. "Proud" – Johnny Crawford. "Rock and Roll Lullaby" – B. J. Thomas. "Saturday Night at the Movies" – The Drifters. "Shades of Gray" and "Love is Only Sleeping" – The Monkees. "Shape of Things to Come" – Max Frost and the Troopers. "She's Over Me" – Teddy Pendergrass. "Something Better" – Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull
(written with Gerry Goffin) "Somewhere Out There" – Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
and James Ingram
James Ingram
(written with James Horner
James Horner
for the animated film An American Tail) – a double Grammy Award
Grammy Award
winner. "Sweet Sorrow" – Conway Twitty. "Teenage Has-Been" - Barry Mann, (written with Gerry Goffin) "Too Many Mondays" – Barry Mann, Wicked Lester
Wicked Lester
(unreleased). "Uptown" – The Crystals. "Walking in the Rain" – The Ronettes, The Walker Brothers, Jay and the Americans (written with Phil Spector). "We Gotta Get out of This Place" – The Animals. "We're Over" – Johnny Rodriguez. "Whatever You Imagine" - Wendy Moten (written with James Horner
James Horner
for the live-action/animated film The Pagemaster) "Where have you been (all my life)" - Arthur Alexander
Arthur Alexander
also played by Gene Vincent, The Beatles
The Beatles
and by Gerry and the Pacemakers " Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann
Barry Mann
(written with Gerry Goffin) "A World of Our Own" – Closing theme song from Return to the Blue Lagoon – Surface. "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" – The Righteous Brothers. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" – The Righteous Brothers
The Righteous Brothers
(written with Phil Spector).


Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Song of the Year Academy Award for Best Original Song List of Christmas carols List of 1960s one-hit wonders in the United States


^ a b c Steve Kurutz (1939-02-09). " Barry Mann
Barry Mann
Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-02.  ^ "The People Who Created The Soundtrack To Your Life eBook: stuart devoy: Amazon.co.uk: Books". Amazon.co.uk. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2014-08-02.  ^ Crescent City Jewish News: "History of Jewish songwriters told in ‘Beautiful’By ALAN SMASON March 18, 2017 ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 90. CN 5585.  ^ " Barry Mann
Barry Mann
Song Catalog". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.  ^ "Barry Mann's Bio". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.  ^ "Garth Brooks, Billy Joel
Billy Joel
perform together during Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony". Soundspike.com. June 17, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2012.  ^ "Congratulations to the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Inductees!". Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009.  ^ " Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil
Cynthia Weil
Contact Info". Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.  ^ Coleman, Laura (November 13, 2015). "Beverly Hills Musicians Weil, Mann Honored By Women's Guild Gala" (PDF). The Beverly Hills Courier. Beverly Hills, California. p. 1. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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and Cynthia Weil
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Official website Audio interview with Barry Mann
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and Cynthia Weil
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on the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast Barry Mann
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on IMDb

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"Volare" – Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(songwriter) (1959) "The Battle of New Orleans" – Jimmy Driftwood
Jimmy Driftwood
(songwriter) (1960) "Theme from Exodus" – Ernest Gold (songwriter) (1961) "Moon River" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(songwriters) (1962) "What Kind of Fool Am I?" – Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (songwriters) (1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1964) "Hello, Dolly!" – Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(songwriter) (1965) "The Shadow of Your Smile" – Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (songwriters) (1966) "Michelle" – John Lennon
John Lennon
& Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(songwriters) (1967) "Up, Up, and Away" – Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
(songwriter) (1968) "Little Green Apples" – Bobby Russell (songwriter) (1969) "Games People Play" – Joe South
Joe South
(songwriter) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(songwriter) (1971) "You've Got a Friend" – Carole King
Carole King
(songwriter) (1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Ewan MacColl (songwriter) (1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (songwriters) (1974) "The Way We Were" – Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (songwriters) (1975) "Send in the Clowns" – Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(songwriter) (1976) "I Write the Songs" – Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (1977) "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (songwriters) / "You Light Up My Life" – Joe Brooks (songwriter) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(songwriter) (1979) "What a Fool Believes" – Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins
& Michael McDonald (songwriters) (1980)


"Sailing" – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(songwriter) (1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" – Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (songwriters) (1982) "Always on My Mind" – Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) (1983) "Every Breath You Take" – Sting (songwriter) (1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" – Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) (1985) "We Are the World" – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
& Lionel Richie (songwriters) (1986) "That's What Friends Are For" – Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
& Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) (1987) "Somewhere Out There" – James Horner, Barry Mann
Barry Mann
& Cynthia Weil (songwriters) (1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(songwriter) (1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (songwriters) (1990) "From a Distance" – Julie Gold
Julie Gold
(songwriter) (1991) "Unforgettable" – Irving Gordon
Irving Gordon
(songwriter) (1992) "Tears in Heaven" – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1993) "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
& Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(songwriters) (1994) "Streets of Philadelphia" – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(songwriter) (1995) "Kiss from a Rose" – Seal (songwriter) (1996) "Change the World" – Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (songwriters) (1997) "Sunny Came Home" – Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
& John Leventhal
John Leventhal
(songwriters) (1998) "My Heart Will Go On" – James Horner
James Horner
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1999) "Smooth" – Itaal Shur
Itaal Shur
& Rob Thomas (songwriters) (2000)


"Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001) "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(songwriter) (2002) "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003) "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx
Richard Marx
& Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004) "Daughters" – John Mayer
John Mayer
(songwriter) (2005) "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007) "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(songwriter) (2008) "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009) "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010) "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley
& Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele
Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012) "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost
Andrew Dost
& Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013) "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015) "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
& Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge
(songwriters) (2016) "Hello" – Adele
Adkins & Greg Kurstin
Greg Kurstin
(songwriters) (2017) "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (songwriters) (2018)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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