Cynthia Weil, Songwriter for the Ronettes, Chaka Khan, and the Righteous Brothers, Dies at 82

Cynthia Weil, the songwriter known for “On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and more, died on Thursday, June 1, The Associated Press reports, citing Weil’s daughter, Dr. Jenn Mann. A cause of death was not disclosed. Weil was 82 years old.

Weil was born in 1940 and grew up in a Jewish family in New York. She studied piano as a child and majored in theater at Sarah Lawrence College. In 1960, Weil met Barry Mann, her soon-to-be husband and songwriting partner. The couple quickly became enmeshed in Manhattan’s Brill Building songwriting community alongside pop and rock fixtures like Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and Neil Diamond.

Beyond her work with her husband, Cynthia Weil co-wrote many songs including Barry Manilow’s “Somewhere Down the Road,” the Pointer Sisters’ “He’s So Shy,” Lionel Richie’s “Love Will Conquer All,” and Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire,” technically making her a co-writer of Kanye West’s debut solo single, “Through the Wire.” Weil also co-wrote the theme for 1985’s St. Elmo’s Fire.

Weil was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the institution awarded her and Mann its highest honor in 2011, the Johnny Mercer Award. In 2010, Mann-Weil were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Weil was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Carole King, who took to social media on Friday to remember her late friend and contemporary. “Cynthia’s high professional standard made us all better songwriters,” King wrote. “My favorite Cynthia lyric is, ‘Just a little lovin’ early in the mornin’ beats a cup of coffee for startin’ out the day.’ If we’re lucky, we know this is true, but she wrote it—and then she rhymed ‘mornin’’ with ‘yawnin’’ in the next verse. May the legacy of lyrics by Cynthia Weil continue to speak to and for generations to come. Rest in peace with love and gratitude.”

Source : Pitchfork