Cynthia Weil: Legendary Hit Songwriter Is Dead at 82

Herbie J Pilato


She composed the soundtrack of a generation, and now Cynthia Weil, the Grammy-winning, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member has passed away at 82. No cause of her demise was given to the press.

A Closer Look

Cynthia Weil is responsible for some of the most legendary music ever created, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” “Kicks,” “Here You Come Again,” “Through the Fire,” “Somewhere Out There” and countless other hits.

Since 1961, Weil was married to Barry Mann, with whom she wrote countless hit songs. In a statement to the press, Mann said, “I’m a lucky man. I had two for one: my wife and one of the greatest songwriters in the world, my soul and inspiration.”

“My mother, Cynthia Weil, was the greatest mother, grandmother, and wife our family could ever ask for,” Jenn Mann said. “She was my best friend, confidant, and my partner in crime and an idol and trailblazer for women in music.”

Her Early Family Life

Cynthia Weil was born in New York City on October 18, 1940. She grew up on the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in a Conservative Jewish family. Her father was Morris Weil, a furniture store owner and the son of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, and her mother was Dorothy Mendez, who grew up in a Sephardic Jewish family in Brooklyn.

Final Notes

Besides her husband, Cythnia Weil co-wrote songs with Lionel Richie (“Running With The Night” and “Love Will Conquer All”), Peabo Bryson (“If Ever You’re In My Arms Again”), and the Pointer Sisters (“He’s So Shy”).

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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