Barry Mann

Barry Mann

Barry Mann (born Barry Imberman, 9 February 1939, Brooklyn, New York [ All Music Guide biography by Steve Kurutz] ] ) is an American songwriter, and part of one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships in the world of rock music.


With his partner and wife, Cynthia Weil, they operate a publishing company called Dyad Music. His first hit single as a writer was "She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)," which was a top twenty song for The Diamonds in 1959. Mann had co-written the song with Gerry Goffin. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil met when they were both staff songwriters, and they were married in 1961. Also in 1961, they wrote and Mann sang a novelty song that made the Top 10 with "Who Put The Bomp", which parodied the nonsense words of the then recently popular doo-wop songs.

Through the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Mann composed songs such as "Somewhere Out There" and movie scores for "I Never Sang for My Father". Weil co-wrote "He's So Shy" with Tom Snow for The Pointer Sisters and worked on projects with Lionel Richie.In 1987, he was inducted with his wife into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

ongs written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

*"Here You Come Again" - Dolly Parton
*"He's Sure the Boy I Love" - The Crystals
*"On Broadway" - The Drifters
*"Magic Town" - The Vogues
*"Uptown" - The Crystals
*"Blame It on the Bossa Nova" - Eydie Gorme
*"Only in America" - Jay and the Americans
*"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" - The Animals
*"(You're My) Soul & Inspiration" - The Righteous Brothers
*"Kicks" - Paul Revere & the Raiders
*"Coldest Night of the Year" - Vashti Bunyan
*"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - The Righteous Brothers
*"Looking Through the Eyes of Love" - Gene Pitney, Marlena Shaw
*"Shape of Things to Come" - Max Frost and the Troopers
*"Just a Little Lovin' (Early in the Morning)" - Dusty Springfield, Carmen McRae, Billy Eckstine
*"I Just Can't Help Believin'" – B. J. Thomas, Elvis Presley
*"I'm Gonna Be Strong" - Gene Pitney and Cyndi Lauper
*"Make Your Own Kind of Music" - "Mama" Cass Elliot
*"Black Butterfly" - Deniece Williams
*"Don't Know Much" - Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
*"Somewhere Out There" - James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt (written with James Horner for the film, "An American Tail") - a double Grammy Award winner
*"Absolutely Green" - Dom DeLuise (written for A Troll in Central Park)
*"Never Gonna Let You Go" - Sérgio Mendes
*"Too Many Mondays" - Barry Mann, Wicked Lester (unreleased)
*"Saturday Night at the Movies" - The Drifters
*"None of Us Are Free" (Mann, Weil, Brenda Russell) - Ray Charles, Solomon Burke
*"Just Once" - James Ingram with Quincy Jones
*"Good Time Living" - Three Dog Night
*"(Walking) in the Rain" - The Ronettes
*"A World of Our Own" - Closing theme song from "Return to the Blue Lagoon" - Surface
*"Christmas Vacation" - Title song for the movie of the same name
*"We're Over" - Johnny Rodriguez

ee also

*List of doo-wop songs
*Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
*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


External links

* [ Barry Mann biography] at Allmusic website
* [ Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Official website]

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