Top Grammy-winning lyricist Cynthia Weil passed away at age 82, leaving behind a legendary music legacy that included songs like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” and “Walking in the Rain.” Surrounded by her loved ones at her Beverly Hills home in California, Weil passed away and left a mark on the music industry that will never be forgotten.
Weil was part of a formidable team of songwriters based in the famous Brill Building in Manhattan’s neighborhood, which produced some of the biggest hits of the 60s and beyond. Collaborating with her husband Barry Mann, she provided hits for legendary performers like Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, and even Hanson. Moreover, the duo’s most famous collaboration, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” was produced by Phil Spector and became an anthem of “blue-eyed soul,” topping the charts in 1965 and covered by countless other artists.
Despite being told that “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” wasn’t right for the Righteous Brothers, Weil never let a little criticism slow her down. Teaming up with other collaborators like Michael Masser, David Foster, and John Williams helped her continue writing hit songs even after The Beatles hit big.
Overall, Weil’s talent knew no bounds, and her legacy will continue to inspire musicians and fans alike for many years to come. As Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) reported, not a single other song in the 20th century had as much airtime on radio and television as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Although she will be missed, her songs will continue to stand the test of time.