M is for Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame occurred during the 50th year of their personal and professional collaboration.

mann-weil2In the hit Broadway show Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, the characters portraying songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil express having a complicated relationship with competing songwriters King and her then-husband, the late Gerry Goffin, back in the 1960s.

From a February 2015 CBS Sunday Morning interview: “That was absolute truth,” replied Weil. “It was the most conflicting relationship I think we’ve ever had with anybody. Because we loved them, we hated them, we were competitive with them, we cheered for them, we cheered for ourselves.”

You may never have heard of Barry Mann (b. February 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City) and Cynthia Weil (b. October 18, 1940 in New York City), but it is most likely that you have listened to their many songs Continue reading “M is for Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil”