Barry Mann

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Barry Mann
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Barry Mann in 1974
Background information
Birth name Barry Imberman
Born (1939-02-09) February 9, 1939 (age 75)
Brooklyn, New York City
Genres Pop, Country pop, Rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Years active 1961–present
Associated acts Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Carole Bayer Sager

Barry Mann (born Barry Imberman, February 9, 1939, Brooklyn, New York City)[1] is an American songwriter, and part of a successful songwriting partnership with his wife, Cynthia Weil. Mann married Weil in August 1961. The couple has one daughter: Dr. Jenn Berman.


Mann and lyricist Cynthia Weil now operate a publishing company called Dyad Music.[2] Mann's first hit single as a writer was "She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)", a Top 20 song for The Diamonds in 1959. Mann co-wrote the song with Mike Anthony (Michael Logiudice). In 1961, Mann had his biggest hit to that time with "I Love How You Love Me", written with Larry Kolber and a No. 5 single for The Paris Sisters. (Seven years later, Bobby Vinton would take the song into the Top 10.) Also in 1961, Mann himself hit the Top 40 as a performer with a novelty song co-written with Gerry Goffin, "Who Put The Bomp", which parodied the nonsense words of the then-popular doo-wop genre and made the Top 40.[1][3]

Despite his success as a singer with "Who Put the Bomp", Mann chose to channel the bulk of his creativity into songwriting, forming a prolific partnership with Weil, a lyricist he met while both were staff songwriters at Don Kirshner's and Al Nevin's Aldon Music, whose offices were located near the famed composing-and-publishing factory, the Brill Building. Mann and Weil, who married in 1961, helped pioneer the more socially conscious side of the Brill Building-era songbook with hits such as "Uptown" by The Crystals, "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by the Animals, "Magic Town" by the Vogues and "Kicks" by Paul Revere & the Raiders. (Mann and Weil were upset when "Only in America", a song they'd written with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally conceived for and recorded by The Drifters as a cynical broadside against racial prejudice, was re-worked by Leiber and Stoller into an uncontroversial hit for Jay & the Americans.)

As of May 2009, Mann's song catalog lists 635 songs.[4] He has received 56 pop, country, and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated, and 46 Millionaire Awards for radio performances numbering over one million plays.[5] The song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", co-written with Weil and Phil Spector, was the most played song of the 20th century, with more than 14 million plays.

Mann has composed songs for films, most notably "Somewhere Out There", co-written with Weil and James Horner, for the 1986 animated hit "An American Tail". Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, who performed the song as a duet over the film's closing credits, saw their version released as a single, which reached No. 2 on the Billboards charts and became a gold record. "Somewhere Out There" would win two 1987 Grammy Awards, as Song of the Year and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television. "Somewhere Out There" was also nominated for a 1986 Oscar as best song, but lost to "Take My Breath Away" from "Top Gun". Mann's other film work includes the scores for I Never Sang for My Father and Muppet Treasure Island, and songs for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Oliver and Company.

Mann co-wrote, with Dan Hill, "Sometimes When We Touch," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, Mann and Weil were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[1] In 2011 they received the Johnny Mercer Award – the highest honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[6]

Mann and Weil were named among the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7]

Songs written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil[edit]

Carole Bayer Sager, Carole King, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann in December 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Allmusic biography by Steve Kurutz
  2. ^ "Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Contact Info". Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 90. CN 5585. 
  4. ^ "Barry Mann Song Catalog". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Barry Mann's Bio". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Garth Brooks, Billy Joel perform together during Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony". June 17, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Congratulations to the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees!". Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 

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