'Lovin' Feelin' " Is Century's
Performing rights group BMI has
named "You've Lost That Lovin'
Feelin' " as the most-performed tune
of the century. The composition --
penned by Barry Mann, Phil Spector,
and Cynthia Weil, and a No. 1 hit in
1965 for the Righteous Brothers --
recently passed the 8 million mark in
performances on U.S. radio and TV.
In the runner-up position on BMI's "Top 100 Songs Of
The Century" list is "Never My Love" (by Donald and
Richard Addrisi), followed by "Yesterday" (John Lennon
and Paul McCartney) and "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King,
Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller). Each song has 7 million
Rounding out the top 10, with 6 million performances
each, are "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (Bob
Crewe and Bob Gaudio), "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The
Bay" (Otis Redding and Steve Cropper), "Mrs.
Robinson" (Paul Simon), "Baby I Need Your Loving"
(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland),
"Rhythm Of The Rain" (John Gummoe), and "Georgia
On My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell).
Top writers are John Lennon and Paul Simon, with four
songs each on the top 100 list.
-- Irv Lichtman, N.Y
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