Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Cynthia Weil, author of ‘You’ve got Misplaced that Lovin’ Feeling’ : NPR


As a part of NPR’s sequence highlighting feminine songwriters by historical past, we take a look at Cynthia Weil, who wrote hits like “You’ve got Misplaced that Lovin’ Feeling” and “On Broadway” along with her husband Barry Mann.



(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN'”)

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: (Singing) You’ve got misplaced that loving feeling.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

“You’ve got Misplaced That Lovin’ Feelin'” was one of the performed songs of the twentieth century. It was written by Cynthia Weil along with her husband and songwriting associate Barry Mann and producer Phil Spector. Alongside contemporaries like Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Weil modified the sound of common music within the Sixties. She’s within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame and the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. And her writing has helped promote an estimated 200 million data. Weil died this month on the age of 82. In 2019, Meredith Ochs profiled her for our sequence The Ladies Behind The Songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ON BROADWAY”)

THE COOKIES: (Singing) I hear the neon lights are shiny on Broadway.

MEREDITH OCHS, BYLINE: Cynthia Weil wrote big-sounding songs in a tiny workplace on Broadway. She’d grown up just some blocks north on Manhattan’s Higher West Aspect, dreaming that in the future she’d work as a playwright and director on town’s most notorious stretch of asphalt. She studied theater in school however was inspired by a household good friend to strive her hand at writing tune lyrics. When she met musician Barry Mann, he instantly acknowledged her distinctive amalgam of sophistication and empathy. You’ll be able to hear it within the authentic model of the duo’s tune “On Broadway,” written for the all-girl group The Cookies. A local New Yorker, Weil had the flexibility to understand town’s marvel by the eyes of an outsider.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ON BROADWAY”)

THE COOKIES: (Singing) They are saying you can be somebody, and it do not matter the place you might be from. I swear I’ve obtained to get there, or I am going to die.

OCHS: Weil is likely one of the architects of the Brill Constructing sound, an period of urbane teenage pop by writers who have been barely out of their teenagers themselves. She did not simply write about younger love and damaged hearts. Weil’s lyrics additionally mirrored her social conscience. When she and Mann teamed up with famed songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to transform “On Broadway” for the all-male group The Drifters, it went from upbeat and wide-eyed to a a lot grittier story of starvation, poverty and wrestle.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “ON BROADWAY”)

THE DRIFTERS: (Singing) And also you ain’t had sufficient to eat. The glitter rubs proper off, and also you’re nowhere on Broadway.

OCHS: As woman teams and brotherly duos gave solution to the British invasion, Weil stayed related with darkish, prescient songs that mirrored huge cultural change, like this one recorded by U.Okay. band The Animals.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE”)

THE ANIMALS: (Singing) On this soiled, previous a part of town the place the solar refused to shine…

OCHS: Sung by Eric Burdon in his robust, cavernous baritone, it grew to become emblematic of the Vietnam Conflict and of U.S. navy conflicts ever since. It spoke on to child boomers and their dawning epiphany that they did not need to reside like their mother and father. Considered one of them is Bruce Springsteen, who says this tune is on the coronary heart of his total profession.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE”)

THE ANIMALS: (Singing) We obtained to get out of this place if it is the very last thing we ever do. We obtained to get out of this place. Lady, there’s a greater life for me and also you.

OCHS: Although she wrote dozens of hits, Weil loved a repute as a songwriter’s songwriter. When nation singer Dolly Parton was seeking to broaden into pop music within the late Seventies, she recorded Weil and Mann’s “Right here You Come Once more.”

(SOUNDBITE OF DOLLY PARTON SONG, “HERE YOU COME AGAIN”)

OCHS: Parton is a famend composer herself. But it was this tune that launched her huge crossover success as an artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HERE YOU COME AGAIN”)

DOLLY PARTON: (Singing) Right here you come once more. Simply after I’d begun to get myself collectively, you waltz proper within the door identical to you have completed earlier than and wrapped my coronary heart ‘spherical your little finger.

OCHS: Within the new millennium, Weil lastly made it to a theater on Broadway as a personality within the hit musical “Stunning” about her previous good friend Carole King. She additionally discovered a brand new calling as an writer of younger grownup novels. Weil says that profitable songs are quite a bit like novels with a starting, a center and an finish.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HERE YOU COME AGAIN”)

PARTON: (Singing) All you bought to do is smile that smile, and there go all my defenses.

SHAPIRO: That was music critic Meredith Ochs. Songwriter Cynthia Weil died on Thursday at her dwelling in Beverly Hills. She was 82.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HERE YOU COME AGAIN”)

PARTON: (Singing) …And filling up my senses. Right here you come once more, wanting higher than a physique has a proper to and shaking me up so that each one I actually know is right here you come once more, and right here I’m going.

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