'Lovin' Feelin' " Is Century's

Most-Performed Song


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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