Barry Mann

The Animals’ Brill Building Trifecta

by M.C. Antil on May 25, 2012

They were, in every sense of the word, musical purists. And when the Animals, a gritty R&B band from the depressed factory and coal mining town of Newcastle in the North of England – and five kids who, like so many of their generation of Brits, fell in love with the classic blues sounds of places like Chicago […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — December 2, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Growing up on Upper West Side of Manhattan, Cynthia Weil dreamed of one day becoming a triple-threat actor, singer and dancer.  But while still in her teens, she discovered her real talent was writing lyrics […]

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Fun Facts — Songwriter Edition

by M.C. Antil on September 24, 2010

Did you know… That Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote “To Love Somebody” specifically for Otis Redding, but that Redding died before he was able to record it?   That when native Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael wrote the music for “Georgia (On My Mind)” it was widely believed to be a song about a woman […]

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