Cynthia Weil
American songwriter
Cynthia Weil
Cynthia Weil is a prominent American songwriter. She is famous for having written many songs together with her husband Barry Mann. Weil was trained as an actress and dancer but soon demonstrated a songwriting ability that led to her collaboration with Barry Mann whom she would marry in August 1961.. The couple has one daughter, Dr Jenn Berman, AKA "Dr. Jenn".
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Dr Zack Addy Returns to Bones: a Q & A with actor Eric Millegan
Huffington Post - 2 months
Fans of the long running FOX series, Bones, are rejoicing over the news that much beloved character, Dr. Zack Addy, played by actor Eric Millegan, will return for the show's twelfth and final season. His surprise appearance in the Season 11 finale as Dr. Brennan's (Emily Deschanel) kidnapper gave rise to a million questions - all to be answered in good time when Bones resumes on January 3rd, 2017. Millegan, who began on Bones in 2005, answered a few of our burning questions about Dr. Addy, running the New York City marathon, and his impressive career in musical theatre. Xaque Gruber. You've been playing Zack Addy on Bones since its first season, how this complex, dark character, and growing with him over eleven years, changed you? Eric Millegan: I've aged a lot with the character. I was 30 and looked near 19 when I started the show. Now I'm 42 and look it. I've learned a lot about acting and I've grown with my fellow actors on the show. When we were shooting Season 12, we broug ...
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My Thank You Note to Barbra Streisand
Huffington Post - 6 months
I seldom talk about it, but if you know me long or well, you know. And I have my mother to thank for it, because I am fairly certain that she was listening to Funny Girl when I was in utero. (My father's influence, on the other hand, was more along the lines of Man of La Mancha, which explains an awful lot about my outlook on life, but that's a story for another day.) I believe I entered the world singing, "People, people who need people..." and it's been a slippery slope ever since. As her new album, Encore Movie Partners Sing Broadway debuts at #1, and she wrapped up what she said will be her last concert tour ever, it seems only fitting to pause and reflect for a moment on the road taken, the choices made, and the life lived. Oh, I don't mean hers. She's sifting through that herself for her memoir. I mean mine - because my life could easily have gone in a whole different direction. Any lifelong fan of an artist will tell you how the artist's music was the soundtrack of the ...
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Songwriting Superstar Cynthia Weil Shares Stories Behind 'On Broadway' and Other Hits
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the early 1960s, lyricist Cynthia Weil was writing songs with singer/songwriter Teddy Randazzo, when a composer named Barry Mann stopped by to play a song for him. Weil was instantly smitten. "The way Barry played and sang was amazing. He looked awfully cute. Barry wasn't classically handsome. He was rugged and had a craggy face that I always liked. And he was a genius," recalls Weil. "Who is he? I asked the receptionist. Does he have a girlfriend? What's his story? I fell in love at first sight." Weil learned that Mann wrote songs for legendary music publisher Don "Donnie" Kirshner, who had a stable of writers working for him to create hit songs for his company Aldon Music. The receptionist told Weil, "I don't know if Barry has a girlfriend, but why don't you go up there? I'll call Donnie. You can show him your lyrics and maybe you'll bump into this guy again." Armed with her song lyrics, Weil went to Kirshner's office. The music publisher said he had the perfect song writing ...
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<i>Beautiful - The Carole King Musical</i> at the Oriental Theatre
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jukebox musicals. Such a phrase makes those who love musical theatre shudder with a wave of disgust, as it exemplifies the devolution of the art form. Where the best musicals use carefully crafted music to advance the story and heighten the emotional moments, jukebox musicals simply jam familiar tunes into a threadbare plot to please the masses and make a buck. But I'd heard Beautiful - The Carole King Musical was different. Even though the show celebrates her work and the work of her direct contemporaries,  it also explores the life of a woman whose talent and heart drove her forward, even if reluctantly so. King never wanted to be a star -- she simply wanted to write music. No: she felt compelled to write it. And she also wanted a family. And, like most working mothers, King faced a constant struggle and negotiation to keep both sides moving forward. Luckily -- at least at the beginning -- King's songwriting partner was also her husband, Gerry Goffin. But while the couple penned ...
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​Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil still have that lovin' feelin'
CBS News - about 2 years
The songwriting duo behind countless pop classics helped create the soundtrack of our lives
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Daydream Believers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered? So, where did these four cheeky, floppy-haired wannabes come from? In September 1965, the Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement: "Madness folk and roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for four insane boys." The Monkees were born. These were the days when the seeds of Pop Idol and X Factor had yet to germinate in the mind of a five-year-old Simon Fuller. Englishman Davy Jones was a former jockey who had achieved some initial success on the musical stage (in 1964, Jones appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of the Beatles' live American debut). Texan Michael Nesmith had served a brief stin ...
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<em>Beautiful, the Carole King Musical</em> Opens in San Francisco
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What could be better than a Jukebox Musical set on a Greek Island? One set in an office building where Jewish married couples write songs for black stars to sing. Premiering in San Francisco before its January New York opening, Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, is yet another Juke box musical. But unlike other recent musical biographies about musical careers, the Carole King story is really about music making. Set in the hey day of The Brill Building's famous song spinning mill, the show, with book by Douglas McGrath, hits the highlights and lowlights of Carole King's songwriting and personal partnership with her husband, Gerry Goffin. And like any great romance turned sad divorce, their partnership yielded beautiful songs. If you spent hours of your formative youth contemplating Carole King's bare feet and her blurred cat on the Tapestry album cover, (I'm sure I'm not the only one) then Beautiful, the Carole King Musical could make you giddy and verklempt. Against th ...
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Glenn Paul Manion: 5,178 Gigs: Steve & Eydie & Suzanne & Me
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I could not let the recent passing of Eydie Gorme, singing partner of Steve Lawrence go by without commenting on the connection Suzanne and I shared with them. For those too young to know, Steve and Eydie came to prominence in the last days of the mid-1950s before rock and roll forever skewed the pop music world towards the tastes of teenagers. Wisely they did not try to remake themselves for the youth market, though their biggest solo hit records were penned by the best in the Brill Building: Gerry Goffin and Carole King (Go Away Little Girl, Number One for Steve in January 1963) and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Blame It On The Bossa Nova, Number Seven for Eydie a few months later). Instead, they favored a well-chosen repertoire of music now celebrated as "The Great American Songbook" (Rogers and Hart, Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, etc.). Their vocal performances, both together and separately, were impeccable, with Eydie especially having a flair fo ...
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Legendary Singer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman. Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went with it. They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed for audiences there. Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died, Bragman said. "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years ...
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SHN season features lineup that sparkles
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
SHN season features lineup that sparkles The last two seasons were top-heavy with such perennials as "The Lion King," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys" and "Les Misérables," particularly after the cancellation of the pre-Broadway premiere of Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson's musical "Diner" (after extensive workshops in New York, that show is now expected to open on Broadway in the fall). The world premiere that begins previews at the Curran Theatre on Sept. 24 features a book by screenwriter Douglas McGrath ("Emma," "Bullets Over Broadway") and a cavalcade of hits by King and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, as well as by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Part bio, part jukebox musical, the show traces the singer's life from childhood as Carole Klein in Brooklyn, through her early successes with Goffin - reportedly with replications of performances by the Shirelles, Righteous Brothers, Animals, Drifters and others - to finding her own voice with her blockbuster album "Tapestry ...
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Michael Sigman: Is Former Stones' Manager The Ultimate Hustler?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Andrew Oldham's recently-released book Stone Free is, as mentioned here, more a rumination on the art of the hustle than a traditional memoir. In his earlier volumes Stoned and 2Stoned, the former Stones manager/producer provided a narrative of a career that began a half-century ago when a clueless teenager forsook the usual pursuits of sports and proms to infuse himself into the careers of the holy trinity of the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan before his twentieth birthday. Now, armed with five decades of street scholarship -- his "post-graduate education in double-dealing" -- Oldham dissects the moves of such "pimpresarios" as Albert Grossman, Malcolm McLaren and, most important, Allen Klein, among whose hustle-ees were Sam Cooke, the Beatles, the Stones and Oldham himself. Oldham's relationship with Allen Klein is the substance of the most complicated and revealing chapter in Stone Free. Armed with extraordinary accounting skills and a relentless pursuit of the ...
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David Finkle: Easy Listener: Kurt Elling, Barb Jungr, Colleen McHugh CD Gotta-Haves
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The dapper, soul-patched, off-handed Kurt Elling has said in performance, "I was brought up on 4/4 time." That's hardly an unusual influence for a singer, but as he's put his gritty baritone to work over the last couple decades, he's taken irrepressible liberties with that commonplace signature. So much so there are times when an Elling addict (as anyone must become on a first exposure to him) isn't sure whether the hard-edged jazz crooner isn't now chanting in 17/4 or 29/4 or who-knows-what/4. On the already Grammy-nominated 1619 Broadway The Brill Building Project (Concord Jazz), Elling frees his inclinations to the kinds of classic Tin Pan Alley numbers spawned either in the edifice he honors in his title or numbers that have been composed in the spirit of the revered Manhattan spot. With his "On Broadway" opener -- preceded by voices amusingly discouraging a wannabe roaming the 1619 hall -- he acknowledges the alliance of high-royalties teams Mike Stoller and Jerry L ...
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Mike Ragogna: Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation with David Sanborn Mike Ragogna: David, let's get into Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology, your new doubledisc anthology. You participated in the track selection? David Sanborn: Yeah, I actually selected all of the tracks that are on this particular collection. So what I did was I went over all of the CDs that I made at Warner Brothers or Elektra, which is all part of the Warner group over the last twenty years, from '75 until sometime in the mid-nineties. What I tried to do was make this a little bit different from some of the other collections that had been put out because I didn't really have much of a hand in putting together those collections. What I wanted to do on this particular one, when they came to me and asked if I would be interested in doing it, was to try to represent not only the chronology of the records and the music and the evolution from '75 on, but also to kind of give the listener a sense of what I consider to be representative ...
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The Song That Conquered Radio
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
How songwriting spouses Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann joined with Phil Spector and the Righteous Brothers to create one of the most-played songs in history, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cynthia Weil
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    In 2015, Weil published her first novel, I'm Glad I Did It, a mystery set in 1963.
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  • 2011
    Age 70
    In 2011 Mann and Weil received the Johnny Mercer Award—the highest honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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  • 2010
    Age 69
    Weil and Mann were named among the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, songwriter Carole King inducted Mann and Weil and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Ellie Greenwich (posthumously) and Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell (posthumously), Mort Shuman, and Jesse Stone (posthumously). "From the bottom of my heart and with the greatest humility," Ms. Weil said in her acceptance, "I thought you guys would never ask." Eric Burdon of the Animals and Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes performed at the ceremony.
  • 2004
    Age 63
    In 2004, Mann and Weil's They Wrote That?, a musical revue based on their songs, opened in New York.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Mann sang and Weil related stories about the songs and their personal history.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987, she was inducted with her husband, Mann, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 20
    Weil trained as an actress and dancer, but soon demonstrated a songwriting ability that led to her collaboration with Barry Mann, whom she married in August 1961.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has one daughter, Dr Jenn Mann, AKA "Dr. Jenn". Weil became one of the Brill Building songwriters of the 1960s, and one of the most important writers during the emergence of rock and roll. She and her husband went on to create songs for many contemporary artists, winning several Grammy Awards as well as Academy Award nominations for their compositions for film. As their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography put it, in part: "Mann and Weil's... went from epic ballads ("On Broadway," “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'") to outright rockers ("Kicks," “We've Gotta Get Out of This Place") they also placed an emphasis on meaningful lyrics in their songwriting. With Weil writing the words and Mann the music, they came up with a number of songs that addressed such serious subjects as racial and economic divides, "Uptown," and the difficult reality of making it in the big city ("On Broadway"). "Only in America"... tackled segregation and racism, making it rather too controversial for the Drifters, who were the intended artists. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"... became an anthem for the Vietnam soldier, antiwar protesters, and young people who viewed it as an anthem of greater opportunities."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born in 1940.
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