Before you can hum along to any song, someone has to write it. And songwriters are sometimes overshadowed by the singers. In the 1960s, we were beginning to hear from a couple who would rock our world. If you do not know who Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann are, prepare to be impressed:
Weil and Mann have received many awards. Most recently, one of their songs was recognized by the Library of Congress. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, each year a selection of 25 recordings are chosen that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. This year, “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” made the list. In 1999, the song was judged to have more television and radio play in the United States than any other song during the 20th century.
In 1964, the Righteous Brothers recorded it. It was produced by Phil Spector using his “wall of sound” technique. In 1966, Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley brought it to San Francisco. They performed in the University of San Francisco Gymnasium:
Check out the rest of the recordings honored. The Doors debut album and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” also made the list: