Singer-songwriter Cynthia Weil has passed away at the age of 82.
Will, who was best known for writing songs with her husband, Barry Mann, passed away Thursday night.
Their daughter, psychotherapist Dr. Jane Mann, told TMZ, “My mother, Cynthia Weil, was the best mother my grandmother and wife our family could ask for. She was my best friend, my best friend, and a pioneer for women in music.”
Mann, who has been married to Will for nearly 62 years, added: “I’m a lucky guy. I had two for one, my wife and one of the greatest songwriters in the world.”
According to the Weil family, “Her lyrics have touched the hearts and souls of hundreds of millions of people around the world, making her one of the most popular songwriters of the 20th century.”
Will and Mann are best known for writing The Righteous Brothers’ “I Lost That Love” by Feelin’, “You’re Soul and Inspiration”, Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” and “Make Your Kind of Music” by Mama Cass Elliott, “Drifters” and “In Broadway” by George Benson. She also wrote a song for the wonderful Celine Dion entitled “Love Doesn’t Ask Why”, which is included in the album “The Color of My Love”, which was released in 1993.
Together, they were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and won two Grammy Awards for “Somewhere Out There” performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram for the 1986 film An American Tail.
They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Ahmet Ertegun Award in 2010.
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