Duo to receive Hall of Fame's Mercer Award
Cleffers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Johnny Mercer Award for their gold-standard career achievements.Husband-and-wife team will be feted at the SHOF’s awards dinner June 16 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Prolific duo got their start in the Brill Building song mills of the ’60s. Their best-known tunes include “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” (penned with Phil Spector), “On Broadway” (with Leiber and Stoller), “Walking In the Rain,” “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “Never Gonna Let You Go.” SHOF chairman Jimmy Webb said in a statement, “Barry and Cynthia’s massive stream of classic songs have changed the face of popular music in a way that has endured, with songs that have a straight-from -the-heart, deep appeal.” Previous Mercer honorees include Holland-Dozier-Holland, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne and Paul Simon.
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