Ironically, one of the standout songs in the Carole King stage musical 'Beautiful' was not written by Carole King at all.
The song is YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' which was co-authored by Barry Mann, his wife Cynthia Weil and the legendary record producer Phil Spector.
Barry & Cynthia are two of the key characters in the Carole King show due to the fact that in the 1960's, they worked alongside and were friends with Carole and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, when they were all young songwriters contracted to Al Nevins and Don Kirshner's publishing company Aldon Music located in New York at
16500 Broadway, a bloc away from the famous Brill Building.
Composer/pianist Barry & lyricist Cynthia are one of the most successful songwriting teams in pop music history and are longtime residents of Southern California but before they moved here permanently from the east coast, they checked into a room at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel one day in 1964 and began writing YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' which took The Righteous Brothers to #1 on the charts in early '65 and went on to be officially cited as the most played song on American radio.
The exhaustive list below chronicles their songs that appeared on record charts but Barry & Cynthia's catalog also includes certain significant compositions that managed to evade the best-seller groupings. Most memorable of these is JUST A LITTLE LOVIN' (Early In The Morning) which was first issued on a Danny Davis-produced RCA single by Lana Cantrell in '68; it was then recorded by Dusty Springfield and became the opening song on her landmark 'Dusty In Memphis' album produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin on Atlantic, also in '68. After that, JUST A LITTLE LOVIN' was performed on record by additional celebrated female singers ranging from Barbra Streisand and Sarah Vaughan to Tina Turner and Dianne Reeves. Here's my personal favorite version recorded by Carmen McRae with The Dixie Flyers and produced by Arif Mardin on Atlantic in 1970. https://youtu.be/oktGV0dk5nc
Another song I remember that didn't chart was Barry & Cynthia's ballad I DON'T WANNA LOVE YOU which was recorded by Rick Nelson and included on his LP 'The Very Thought Of You' on Decca in '64; it was also one of the songs that Cliff Richard cut during his sessions in Nashville with producer Billy Sherrill that same year.
A glorious 1960's girl group song that was never a hit is BABY, BABY (I STILL LOVE YOU) by The Cinderellas which was issued on the Dimension label in '64. Authored by Cynthia with another Aldon songwriter Russ Titelman, the song was actually recorded by The Cookies with Margaret Ross singing lead. For this single, they were billed as The Cinderellas and the session was produced by Russ with Barry Mann.
The song was covered in the UK by Julie Grant with Tony Hatch producing on UK Pye.
I was lucky enough to interview Barry and Cynthia twice about their song catalogs and in the late 1990's, I moderated a music industry panel on which they appeared along with veteran music publisher Mickey Goldsen and TV host/comedian/songwriter/pianist Steve Allen. Luckily for all of us, Barry and Cynthia are still writing songs; in addition, Barry is an accomplished photographer whose work has been showcased in one-man exhibitions while Cynthia is also a fiction writer and her published works include two novels plus 'Rockin' Babies', a children's board book that she co-wrote with their daughter, Dr. Jenn Berman.
THE MANN AND WEIL JUKEBOX
Here's a list I’ve compiled of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil songs that charted here and in the UK. It includes not only songs that Barry & Cynthia wrote together but also compositions on which they collaborated with other writers. All titles are Mann & Weil compositions unless noted otherwise:
ALL I NEED TO KNOW (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Bette Midler (Atlantic: 1983) US #77 Pop.
This is the same song as DON'T KNOW MUCH (see entry on that title below).
ALL OF YOU (Cynthia Weil/Tony Renis)
by Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross (Columbia: 1984) Pro: Richard Perry & Ramon Arcusa US #19 Pop, #38 R&B.
ALMOST GONE by Barry Mann (Warner Bros: 1979) US #30 AC.
AMY by Paul Petersen (Colpix: 1963) US #65 Pop
ANGELICA by Oliver (Crewe: 1970) Pro: Bob Crewe US #26 AC, 97 Pop.
Song first released by Barry Mann on Capitol in '66.
AS LONG AS WE KEEP BELIEVING (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Paul Anka) by Paul Anka (RCA: 1979) US #29 AC
BABY COME AND GET IT (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/James Ingram) by Pointer Sisters (Planet: 1985)
Pro: Richard Perry US #44 Pop, #24 R&B
BLACK BUTTERFLY by Deniece Williams (Columbia: 1984) Pro: George Duke US #22 R&B
BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA by Eydie Gorme (Columbia:
1963) US #7 Pop, #16 R&B, UK #32.
BLESS YOU by Tony Orlando (Epic: 1961) US #15 Pop, UK #5. Also recorded by Barry Mann
BORN TO BE TOGETHER (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Phil Spector) by The Ronettes (Philles: 1965)
Pro: Phil Spector US #52 Pop.
BROWN EYED WOMAN by Bill Medley (MGM: 1968) Pro: Bill Medley & Barry Mann US #43 Pop, #37 R&B.
CINDY'S GONNA CRY by Johnny Crawford (Del-Fi: 1963) US #72 Pop.
CLOSER THAN CLOSE by Peabo Bryson (Columbia: 1991) Pro: Barry Mann US #10 R&B.
COME BACK SILLY GIRL (Barry Mann)
by The Lettermen (Capitol: 1962) US #17 Pop, #3 AC.
Song first released by Steve Lawrence on ABC-Paramount in 1960.
COME ON OVER TO MY PLACE
by The Drifters (Atlantic: 1965) US #60 Pop, UK #9.
Produced by Bert Berns.
CONSCIENCE by James Darren (Colpix: 1962) US #11 Pop, UK #30.
COUNTING TEARDROPS (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield) by Emile Ford & The Checkmates
(UK Pye: 1960) UK #4.
Song first released by Barry Mann on ABC-Paramount in 1960.
DON'T BE AFRAID, LITTLE DARLIN'
by Steve Lawrence (Columbia: 1963) US #26 Pop, #12 AC.
DON'T DESTROY ME (Barry Mann/Joe Shapiro)
by Crash Craddock (Columbia: 1959) US #94 Pop.
DON'T KNOW MUCH (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Bill Medley (Liberty: 1981) US #88 Pop,
by Linda Ronstadt Feat. Aaron Neville (A&M: 1989) Pro: Peter Asher. US #2 Pop, #1 AC, UK #2. https://youtu.be/zkWGuXkO6g0
Song first released by Barry Mann on his self-titled Casablanca album in 1980
. Same song as ALL I NEED TO KNOW.
DON'T MAKE MY BABY BLUE
by Frankie Laine (Columbia: 1963) US #51 Pop, #17 AC.
and by The Shadows (UK Columbia: 1965) UK #10.
FEELINGS by Barry Mann (Scepter: 1970) US #93 Pop
and by The Lettermen (Capitol: 1971) US #33 AC.
Song first released by The Cherry People on Heritage in '69.
FOOTSTEPS (Barry Mann/Hank Hunter)
by Steve Lawrence (ABC-Paramount: 1960) US #7 Pop,
by Ronnie Carroll (UK Philips:1960) UK #36 and by Showaddywaddy (Bell: 1981) UK #31.
A GIRL HAS TO KNOW
by The G-Clefs (Terrace: 1962) US #81 Pop.
THE GIRL SANG THE BLUES
by The Everly Brothers (Warner Bros: 1963) UK #25.
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield) by Steve Lawrence (United Artists: 1960) UK #49
GOOD GOOD LOVIN'
by The Blossoms (Reprise: 1967) US #45 R&B, 95 Pop
THE GRASS IS GREENER (Barry Mann/Mike Anthony) by Brenda Lee (Decca: 1963) US #17 Pop, #7 AC
HAPPY TIMES (Are Here To Stay) (Cynthia Weil/Gerry Goffin/Carole King)
by Tony Orlando (Epic: 1961) US #82 Pop. Produced by Nevins/Kirshner with Jack Keller.
HE'S SO SHY (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Pointer Sisters (Planet: 1980)
Pro: Richard Perry. US #3 Pop, #10 R&B, #13 AC.
HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE
by The Crystals (Philles: 1963) Pro: Phil Spector. US #11 Pop, #18 R&B.
and by Rita Pavone (UK RCA: 1966) UK #27.
HEART TO HEART
by Errol Sober (Number 1 Record: 1979) US #65 Pop.
HERE YOU COME AGAIN
by Dolly Parton (RCA: 1977) Pro: Gary Klein. US #1 Country, #3 Pop & #2 AC in '77, #3 Pop in '78. UK #75 in '84.
HOLD ON TO THE NIGHT (Barry Mann/Marc Phillips) by Hotel (MCA: 1979) US #80 Pop.
HOME OF THE BRAVE
by Bonnie & The Treasures (Phi-Dan: 1965) Pro: Jerry Riopell US #77 Pop
and by Jody Miller (Capitol: 1965) Pro: Steve Douglas US #25 Pop, UK #49.
HOW CAN I TELL HER IT'S OVER
by Andy Williams (Columbia: 1966) Pro: Robert Mersey US #17 AC.
HOW MUCH LOVE (Barry Mann/Leo Sayer)
by Leo Sayer (Warner Bros: 1977) Pro: Richard Perry. US#17 Pop, #27 AC, UK #10.
HUNGRY by Paul Revere & The Raiders feat. Mark Lindsay (Columbia: 1966) Pro: Terry Melcher. US #6 Pop.
I COULD HAVE LOVED YOU SO WELL (Barry Mann/Gerry Goffin)
by Ray Peterson (Dunes: 1962) US #57 Pop. Produced by Phil Spector.
I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVING
by B.J. Thomas (Scepter: 1970) US #9 Pop, #1 AC,
by David Frizell (Columbia: 1970) US #36 Country
by Elvis Presley (RCA: 1971) UK #6
and by David Rogers (Atlantic: 1974) US #59 Country.
Song first released by Barry Mann on Capitol in '68.
Here's a link to the Elvis Presley version which was recorded live
at the International Hotel in Las Vegas:
I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME
(Barry Mann/Larry Kolber)
by The Paris Sisters (Gregmark: 1961) US #5 Pop,
by Bobby Vinton (Epic: 1968) US #9 Pop, #2 AC,
by Jimmy Crawford (UK Columbia: 1961) UK #18,
by Maureen Evans (UK Oriole: 1964) UK #34,
by Paul & Barry Ryan (UK Decca: 1966) UK #21,
by Joni Lee (MCA: 1978) #94 Country,
by Lynn Anderson (Columbia: 1979) #18 Country
and by Glen Campbell (Atlantic America: 1983) #17 Country, #35 AC.
Here's a link to the Paris Sisters' version:
I REALLY WANT TO KNOW YOU by Jack Jones (RCA: 1968) US #15 AC
I WANT YOU TO MEET MY BABY by Eydie Gorme (Columbia: 1964) US #43 Pop.
I WILL COME TO YOU (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Isaac Hanson/Taylor Hanson/Zac Hanson)
by Hanson (Mercury: 1997) US #9 Pop, UK #5.
I'LL NEVER DANCE AGAIN (Barry Mann/Mike Anthony) by Bobby Rydell (Cameo: 1962) US #14 Pop.
I'LL TAKE YOU HOME
by The Drifters (Atlantic: 1963) US #25 Pop, #24 R&B, UK #37
and by Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (UK Parlophone: 1965) UK #42.
I'M GONNA BE STRONG
by Gene Pitney (Musicor: 1964) US #9 Pop, UK #2
Also by Cyndi Lauper (Epic: 1995) UK #37.
Song initially released by Frankie Laine (Columbia: 1963) and first recorded by
Cyndi Lauper as a member of
Blue Angel on Polydor in 1980
IF A WOMAN ANSWERS (Hang Up The Phone)
by Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury: 1962) US #3 Country, #35 Pop.
IF EVER YOU'RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow/Michael Masser)
by Peabo Bryson (Elektra: 1984) Pro: Michael Masser. US #10 Pop, #6 R&B.
IT'S A HAPPENING WORLD
by The Tokens (Warner Bros: 1967) US #69 Pop.
IT'S GETTING BETTER
by Mama Cass (Dunhill: 1969) US #30 Pop, #13 AC, UK #8.
Song first released on a 1968 Reprise LP by The Vogues.
IT'S GONNA BE FINE
by Glenn Yarbrough (RCA: 1965) US #54 Pop, #9 AC.
IT'S NOT EASY
by The Will-O-Bees (Date: 1967) US #95 Pop in '68.
JOHNNY LOVES ME
by Shelley Fabares (Colpix: 1962) US #21 Pop, #7 AC.
JUST FOR TONIGHT (Cynthia Weil/Keith Thomas)
by Vanessa Williams (Wing: 1992) #11 R&B, #26 Pop, #2 AC.
by Quincy Jones Feat. James Ingram (A&M: 1981) Pro: Quincy Jones. US #17 Pop, #11 R&B, #7 AC
by Paul Revere & The Raiders feat. Mark Lindsay (Columbia: 1966) Pro: Terry Melcher. US #4 Pop.
KISSIN' AND TWISTIN' (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield) by Fabian (Chancellor: 1960) US #91 Pop.
THE LAST TIME I MADE LOVE (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Jeff Barry)
by Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne (A&M: 1984) Pro: Jeffrey Osborne. US #2 R&B, #40 Pop, #37 AC.
LET ME BE THE ONE (Barry Mann/Larry Kolber)
LET THE SONG LAST FOREVER (Barry Mann/Dan Hill) by Dan Hill (20th Century: 1978) Pro: Matthew McCauley & Fred Mollin. US #91 Pop, #50 AC.
LET'S GIVE A LITTLE MORE THIS TIME by Sergio Mendes (A&M: 1985) US #33 AC.
LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE
by Gene Pitney (Musicor: 1965) Pro: Stan Kahan & Gene Pitney US #28 Pop, UK #3
and by The Partridge Family Feat. David Cassidy (Bell: 1973) Pro: Wes Farrell US #39 Pop, #9 AC, UK #9.
LOST IN THE NIGHT (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Hans Zimmer)
by Peabo Bryson (Columbia: 1992) US #43 R&B, #45 AC.
LOVE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Peabo Bryson (Elektra: 1985) US #63 R&B and #26 AC both in '86.
by The Walker Brothers (UK Philips: 1965) UK #20.
Song first released by The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros. in '63.
LOVE LIVES ON (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Bruce Broughton/Will Jennings)
by Joe Cocker (MCA: 1987) Pro: Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight US #14 AC.
Performed by Joe Cocker on the soundtrack of the fantasy comedy film
'Harry And The Hendersons' (Universal: 1987).
LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL (Cynthia Weil/Lionel Richie/Greg Phillinganes)
by Lionel Richie (Motown: 1986) Pro: Lionel Richie & James Anthony Carmichael
US #2 R&B, #9 Pop, #1 AC, UK #45.
MAGIC TOWN by The Vogues (Co & Ce: 1966) US #21 Pop.
Song first released by Jody Miller on Capitol in '65.
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
by Mama Cass (Dunhill: 1969) Pro: Steve Barri US #36 Pop, #6 AC
and by Barbra Streisand (in a medley with the Joe Raposo composition SING A SONG)
(Columbia: 1972) US #94 Pop.
MAMACITA by The Grass Roots (Haven: 1975) US #71 Pop.
MARY'S LITTLE LAMB
by James Darren (Colpix: 1962) US #39 Pop.
MY DAD by Paul Petersen (Colpix: 1963) US #6 Pop, #19 R&B, #2AC.
Actor Paul Petersen played teenager Jeff Stone in the TV sitcom 'The Donna Reed Show'
and performed MY DAD in a 1962 episode of the series.
NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO by Sergio Mendes (A&M: 1983) Vocals by Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller. US #4 Pop, #1 AC, #28 R&B, UK #43.
Song first released by Dionne Warwick on her album 'Friends In Love' on Arista in '82.
NEVER SAW A MIRACLE (Barry Mann/Curtis Stigers)
by Curtis Stigers (Arista: 1992) US #5 AC, UK #34.
NEW WORLD COMING
by Mama Cass (Dunhill: 1970) Pro: Steve Barri & Joel Sill US #4 AC, #42 Pop.
NOBODY BUT YOU
by John Edwards (Cotillion: 1977) US #85 R&B
and by Gladys Knight & The Pips (Buddah: 1977) UK #34.
OLYMPIA by Sergio Mendes (A&M: 1984) Vocal by Joe Pizzulo. US #58 Pop, #18 AC.
ON BROADWAY (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
by The Drifters (Atlantic: 1963) Pro: Leiber-Stoller US #9 Pop, #7 R&B
and by George Benson (Warner Bros: 1978) Pro: Tommy LiPuma. US #7 Pop, #2 R&B, #25 AC.
Performed by George Benson on the soundtrack of the opening scene of the Bob Fosse biopic "All That Jazz" (20th Century Fox: 1979). In an earlier version, the song first recorded in '63 by The Cookies with Gerry Goffin producing.
ONE TO ONE (Cynthia Weil/Carole King) by Carole King (Atlantic: 1982) US #45 Pop, #20 AC..
ONLY IN AMERICA (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
by Jay & The Americans (United Artists: 1963) Pro: Leiber-Stoller US #25 Pop.
Song originally intended for The Drifters.
PATCHES by Dickey Lee (Smash: 1962) US #6 Pop, #10 R&B.
PEACE BROTHER PEACE (Barry Mann)
by Bill Medley (MGM: 1968) US #48 Pop.
THE PRINCESS AND THE PUNK
by Barry Mann (Arista: 1976) US #78 Pop.
PROUD by Johnny Crawford (Del-Fi: 1963) US #29 Pop.
RIGHT HERE AND NOW by Bill Medley (Planet: 1982) US #58 Pop, #31 AC.
ROCK AND ROLL LULLABY by B.J. Thomas (Scepter: 1972) US #15 Pop, #1 AC.
Backup vocals by The Blossoms and Dave Somerville of The Diamonds.
RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT (Cynthia Weil/Lionel Richie) by Lionel Richie (Motown: 1984)
Pro: Lionel Richie and James Anthony Carmichael. US #6 R&B, #7 Pop, #6 AC, UK #9.
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
by The Drifters (Atlantic: 1964) Pro: Bert Berns US #8 R&B, #18 Pop, UK #3.
and by Robson & Jerome (in a medley) (RCA: 1996) UK #1.
SEE THAT GIRL by The Vogues (Reprise: 1969) US #13 AC.
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
by Max Frost & The Troopers (Tower: 1968) US #22.
Performed by The 13th Power on the soundtrack of the film ‘Wild In The Streets’ (American International: 1968).
SHE SAY (OOM DOOBY DOOM) (Barry Mann/Mike Anthony) by The Diamonds (Mercury: 1959) US #18 Pop.
SO FAR, SO GOOD (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow)
by Sheena Easton (EMI America: 1986) US #43 Pop, #35 AC. From the soundtrack of the Rob Lowe/Demi Moore movie ‘About Last Night’ (TriStar: 1986).
SO LONG DIXIE
by Blood, Sweat & Tears (Columbia: 1972) Pro: Bobby Columby US #44 Pop.
SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH (Mann/Hill)
by Dan Hill (20th Century: 1977) Pro: Matthew McCauley & Fred Mollin
US #3 Pop, #10 AC and UK #13, all in '78.
and by Newton (UK Dominion: 1997) UK #32.
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Barry Manilow (Arista: 1982)
Pro: Barry Manilow US #21 Pop, #1 AC
SOMEWHERE OUT THERE (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/James Horner)
by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (MCA: 1987) Pro: Peter Asher US #2 Pop, #4 AC, UK #
Song nominated for an Academy Award; it was performed by Phillip Glasser and Betsy Cathcart
on the soundtrack of the animated film "An American Tail" (Universal: 1986).
SONGS by B.J. Thomas (Paramount: 1973) Pro: Steve Tyrell US #41 AC
SWEET LITTLE YOU (Barry Mann/Larry Kolber)
by Neil Sedaka (RCA: 1961) Pro: Nevins-Kirshner US #59 Pop.
TALK TO ME BABY
by Barry Mann (Red Bird: 1964) Pro: Barry Mann US #94 Pop.
THERE'S NO EASY WAY (Barry Mann)
by James Ingram (Qwest: 1984) Pro: Quincy Jones US #14 R&B, #58 Pop, #7 AC.
THROUGH THE FIRE (Cynthia Weil/David Foster/Tom Keane)
by Chaka Khan (Warner Bros:1985)
Pro: David Foster, Humberto Gatica & Arif Mardin US#13 R&B, #60 Pop, #16 AC.
Sampled in THROUGH THE WIRE by Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella: 2003) US #8 R&B, #15 Pop and UK #9 all in '04.
TIME MACHINE (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield)
by Dante & The Evergreens (Madison: 1960) US #73 Pop.
UPTOWN by The Crystals (Philles: 1962) US #13 Pop, #18R&B.
Cynthia’s superb urban homage. This was the original lineup of The Crystals prior with Barbara Alston singing lead. Produced by PhilSpector.
WALKING IN THE RAIN (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Phil Spector) by The Ronettes (Philles: 1964) US #23 Pop. Another Phil Spectorproduction, arranged by Jack Nitzsche.
Also by Jay & The Americans (United Artists: 1970) Pro: Sandy Yaguda & Thomas Kaye US #19 Pop, #8 AC, by The Partridge Family Starring David Cassidy (Bell: 1973) Pro: Wes Farrell UK #10 and by The Walker Brothers (UK Philips: 1967) UK #26.
WARPAINT (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield)
by The Brook Brothers (UK Pye: 1961) UK #5. Song first released by Barry Mann on ABC-Paramount in 1960.
THE WAY OF A CLOWN (Barry Mann/Howard Greenfield) by Teddy Randazzo (ABC-Paramount: 1960) US #44 Pop.
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE
by The Animals (MGM: 1965) US #13 Pop. Produced by Mickie Most
Also by Angelic Upstarts (Warner Bros: 1980) UK #65.
Song first recorded by Barry Mann.
WE'RE GOING ALL THE WAY
by Jeffrey Osborne (A&M: 1984) US #16 R&B, #48 Pop, #6 AC.
by Johnny Rodriguez (Mercury: 1974) US #3 Country.
WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT (Barry Mann)
by Barry Mann (New Design: 1971) US #40 AC in '72,
by The Delfonics (Philly Groove: 1970) US #12 R&B, #53 Pop
and by Ronnie Dyson (Columbia: 1971) US #37 R&B, #94 Pop and UK #34.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN (All My Life)
by Arthur Alexander (Dot: 1962) US #58 Pop
WHO PUT THE BOMP (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) (Barry Mann/Gerry Goffin)
by Barry Mann (ABC-Paramount: 1961) A Nevins/Kirshner Production. US #7 Pop
Also by The Viscounts (UK Pye: 1961) UK #21
and by Showaddywaddy (UK RCA: 1982) UK #37.
This classic novelty song was Barry & Gerry's salute to doo-wop.
WRONG AGAIN (Cynthia Weil/Tommy Lee James)
by Martina McBride (RCA: 1998) Pro: Martina McBride & Paul Worley US #1 Country, #36 Pop both in '99.
(YOU'RE MY) SOUL AND INSPIRATION
by The Righteous Brothers (Verve: 1966) Produced by Bill Medley US #1 Pop, #13 R&B https://youtu.be/gjuaVo74meY
Also by Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme (RCA: 1970) US #21 AC,
by Donny & Marie Osmond (Polydor: 1978) Pro: Mike Curb & Michael Lloyd US #38 Pop, #18 AC
and by The Oak Ridge Boys (RCA: 1991) US #31 Country.
YOU'RE NOT EASY TO FORGET (Cynthia Weil/Tom Snow) by Michael Johnson (EMI America: 1981) US #32 AC
Let's close out this blog with the original Phil Spector-produced version of YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Phil Spector) by The Righteous Brothers (Philles: 1965) US #1 Pop, #2 R&B, UK 1, (UK London: 1969 re-issue) UK #10 and (Verve: 1990 re-issue) UK #3.
Cynthia told me a great story about when they first played the song to the Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley’s rich baritone would carry the bulk of the initial vocal and Spector was so convinced of the song's potential, that when fellow Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield asked him 'So what do I do while the big guy is singing',
Phil replied ‘Go to the bank’!
Other charted versions of YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN':
by Cilla Black (UK Parlophone: 1965) Pro: George Martin UK #2
by Dionne Warwick (Scepter: 1969) Pro: Chips Moman & Dionne Warwick US #16 Pop, #13 R&B, #10 AC,
by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (Atlantic: 1971) Pro: Joel Dorn & Arif Mardin US #71 Pop, #30 R&B,
by Barbara Fairchild (Columbia: 1975) Produced by Billy Sherrill #41 Country,
by Telly Savalas (MCA: '75) Pro: Snuff Garrett UK #47
by Long John Baldry & Kathi MacDonald (EMI America: 1979) Pro: Jimmy Horowitz US #89 Pop,
by Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA: 1980) Pro: Daryl Hall & John Oates US #12 Pop, #15 AC, UK #55
and by Carlette (Luv: 1987) US #57 Country.
U.S. Billboard chart positions quoted above are from Joel Whitburn's Record Research books.
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