Cynthia Weil won’t be writing any more songs.
Cynthia Weil, a Grammy-winning songwriter, passed away, her daughter Jenn Mann announced on Friday. She was 82 years old.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame member, who achieved success throughout her career both on her own and with husband and writing partner Barry Mann, passed away on Thursday, according to reports on Friday from the Associated Press and TMZ.
"My mother, Cynthia Weil, was the greatest mother, grandmother and wife our family could ever ask for," said Jenn, per TMZ. "She was my best friend, confidant, and my partner in crime and an idol and trailblazer for women in music."
To the AP, Mann refused to provide a cause of death. Weil and Mann's representatives did not immediately return requests for comment.
Weil, who was born on October 18, 1940, in New York City, spent her formative years honing her acting and dancing skills before realising that her songwriting talent was sufficient to pursue it as a career. When she was a young adult, she started working with Barry, whom she married in 1961, and they worked together at New York City's renowned Brill Building.
The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," Paul Peterson's "My Dad," Eydie Gorme's "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," The Drifters' "On Broadway" (which George Benson later covered), Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Kicks" and "Hungry," among others, were among the popular songs they wrote throughout the 1960s.
Among the other popular songs they wrote together include Dionne Warwick's "Never Gonna Let You Go," "Here You Come Again," by Dolly Parton, and others. "All I Need to Know" by Bette Midler, "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram, and "I Will Come to You" by Hanson.
In addition to her collaborations with Barry, Weil also wrote hit songs for other artists, such as The Pointer Sisters' "He's So Shy," Barry Manilow's "Somewhere Down the Road," Carole King's "One to One," Lionel Richie's "Running Through the Night," Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross' "All of You," Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire" (which Kanye West later sampled for).
For "Somewhere Out There" from the movie An American Tail, Weil won two Grammy Awards: song of the year and best song composed especially for a motion picture or television. Additionally, the song received an Academy Award nomination.