Top hit tunesmith of 1960s was president of SHOF 1993-1999

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Bobby Weinstein

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With partner Teddy Randazzo wrote string of hits including "Hurt So Bad" and "Going Out of My Head"

"Goin' Out Of My Head," "Hurt So Bad," "It's Gonna Take A Miracle," "I'm On The Outside Looking In," "Pretty Blue Eyes" and "Have You Looked Into Your Heart." All great hit songs and all from the prolific songwriting skills of Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein!

Bobby Weinstein, was a product of a musical family, attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, but his allegiance to the arts soon took a different turn when he became swept up by the Doo Wop music phenomenon which had swung into high gear at the time.

His very first song, "The Legend of Love," was written for and recorded by The Legends, whose memorable records are still sought today by record collectors in shops throughout the world. Already an active songwriter, Weinstein became lead singer with The Legends and other vocal groups.

Still later, Weinstein became an executive with the performing rights organization, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), where he served for 25 years as liaison for the songwriter affiliates. He also served for nearly as long, 24 years, on the board of NAPM (The Songwriters Hall of Fame), where he was named president in 1993 upon the death of then president, Sammy Cahn.

Randazzo and Weinstein joined forces as a songwriting team in 1957 and the creative juices immediately began flowing. Their first major hit, "Pretty Blue Eyes," was recorded by Steve Lawrence and produced by Don Costa, a pairing which quickly brought the disc to number one on the bestselling charts.

Many hits were to follow, recorded by a parade of hit acts of the time, including The Box Tops, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Jerry Vale, The Lettermen, Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams and Luther Vandross, in addition to the aforementioned Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Royalettes and Frank Sinatra.

Together with Kenny Rankin, Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce, Randazzo and Weinstein performed as a group in Las Vegas for four years. Over time, they have written many classic songs. Their "Goin' Out Of My Head" alone has sold more than 100 million records by over 400 artists, and ranks in the top 50 of the most recorded songs in the history of records.

Long service in second career as BMI writer relatons executive

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