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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 2011


Cynthia Weil is one of the most gifted and influential pop lyricists of our time. Along with her husband and collaborator, Barry Mann, she received the first-ever National Academy of Songwriters (NAS) Life Achievement Award, honoring her for their many early hits, including "On Broadway" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (written with Phil Spector), as well as later successes ranging from "Just Once," "Here You Come Again," "Never Gonna Let You Go" and the Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram hit, "Somewhere Out There," from Steven Spielberg's An American Tail.

Weil has achieved her preeminent place in contemporary music not simply because her lyrics have endured, but because they have defined what it means to be young, to be in love, to be committed and passionate—in short, to define the many emotions that make up the human condition. Considered by some critics to be the most socially conscious writing team among their early peers, Mann and Weil delivered such classics as "Uptown" (the Crystals), "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" (the Animals), and the anti-drug song, "Kicks" (Paul Revere and the Raiders).

Cynthia Weil was born on October 18, 1940, in New York City. As a young actress, singer and dancer, she began her songwriting career as a protégé of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Frank Loesser. She was soon put under contract with Al Nevins and Don Kirsher’s Aldon Music during one of the most pivotal periods in music: the transition from Tin Pan Alley to rock n’ roll. She was one of the young writers at Aldon Music who greatly influenced rock n’ roll and monopolized the…

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