“Here You Come Again” Songwriter Cynthia Weil Dies – Dolly Parton Reacts
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Cynthia Weil Wrote Timeless Songs That Will Be Remembered By Generations To Come
Cynthia Weil was one of the most prolific songwriters of our time. Along with her husband Barry Mann, she co-wrote timeless hits such as “On Broadway,” “Walking in the Rain,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” was arguably the couple’s greatest success. According to data from the BMI, it was the most-played song on radio and TV in the 20th century.
Weil was a Grammy winner and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Additionally, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann Co-Wrote Dolly Parton’s First Pop Crossover Hit
Weil and Mann were also known for writing “Here You Come Again.” The song was a crossover hit for Dolly Parton after its release in September 1977.
“Here You Come Again” reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and claimed the third spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The song also led Parton to a Grammy win in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category in 1978.
It was a rare instance when Parton recorded a song she did not write herself, and it paid off. She was forever grateful for Weil and Mann as a result.
Cynthia Weil Dies At The Age Of 82 In Beverly Hills
Sadly, Weil passed away on Thursday (June 1) at the age of 82. The Associated Press cites a statement from her and Mann’s daughter, Dr. Jenn Mann, who said Weil died at her home in Beverly Hills, California.
She did not state a cause of death:
“I grew up around a lot of music and two incredible, brilliant, creative geniuses,” said Dr. Mann. “My parents inspired each other to write great songs. My mom always said that when things were good they had each other, and when things weren’t as good they had their music.”
Parton reacted after news broke about Weil’s death. She released a statement on social media to express her sorrow, writing:
“I was so sad to hear that Cynthia Weil had passed. She was one of the greatest writers of all time and I owe her such a debt of gratitude because she and her partner, Barry Mann, wrote my first million selling song ‘Here You Come Again.’ So, I have always been grateful and will be eternally grateful to her. I’m sure she’ll be missed by all the ones that love her and always be appreciated for all of the wonderful music she left behind.”
Read Parton’s statement about Weil’s death below.
Our hearts go out to Weil’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. She will be missed.