Barry Mann: Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Bomp Bomp - Vinyl LP re
Considered to be
among the fastest-rising young performers in show business today is
Barry Mann, heralded as a true triple-threat talent in the fields of
songwriting, composing and singing. just having turned 19, Mann can
already look back on an enviable record of hit compositions written
for a great many of his contemporary singing stars on record, plus
his own full-fledged smash, Who Put the Bomp (in the
Barry Mann's inclination for music began during his
early years in high school, when he started his songwriting and
composing. He had taught himself to play the piano well enough to
accompany himself in his singing efforts, besides helping him to
develop his melodies. During his summer vacations from high school,
he worked as a waiter in various hotels in New Y0rk’s famed
"Borscht circuit," and got his "kicks" by
participating in the local talent shows, both as :1 singer and as a
pianist. For many of the shows, Barry Mann also was called upon to submit
much of his original material, and he decided to make the all-out try
to become a true professional in the entertainment ranks.
not been the original intention. With his wonderful gift for
creativity, Barry Mann had initially laid plans to study architecture.
Graduating from the James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N. Y, as
President of his class, Barry Mann enrolled at Pratt Institute to pursue
an architectural career, but soon found that his thoughts kept
constantly drifting back to music. Accordingly, he then studied
classical music for the next two years, then concentrated a year on
pop styles. Having composed a tremendous amount of pop songs, the
youngster made a number of demonstration records, arranging and
performing his works himself. Then came the endless treks to
publishing offices, agents, recording artists and record companies. It
was while he was thus engaged that his demo discs were played for Al
Nevins and Don Kirshner, free-lance record producers and managers.
Nevins and Kirshner immediately recognized Barry's fabulous
potentialities, and signed him to a contract.
After but a short
period of grooming by his two mentors, Barry Mann was ready for his
assault upon show business. Nevins and Kirshner found little
di?ficulty in placing his compositions, gaining delight in seeing
Barry’s songs hit the top of the best-seller lists, with such
compositions as She Say (recorded by The Diamonds), Footsteps and
Girls, Girls, Girls (recorded by Steve Lawrence), Time Machine
(recorded by Dante and The Evergreens) and The Way of a Clown
(recorded by Teddy Randazzo) all accounting for hit recognition in
It was but a simple matter, then, for his managers to
concentrate on Barry's ability as a vocalist for recording. After but
one audition, Mann was signed to a long-term contract by
ABC-Paramount. His second release on the label was the title song of
this album: ll’/ho Put the Bump (in the Bomp-Bomp-Bump)? Anyone who
has followed the course of pop records during the past few years can
certainly attest to the success of this Barry Mann creation. Within
three weeks after its release, the record had accounted for almost
250.000 in sales! Some five weeks later, the platter had gone well
over the half-million mark and, at this writing, is still selling at
a pace which seems certain to earn the erstwhile singing waiter the
coveted gold record, emblematic of a "million- seller!"
was to be expected that the growing mass of Barry Mann fans would
begin the demand for a complete album of his smash hits, performed by
the composer. This package is the answer to this demand, and there is
every reason to believe it will receive the same acceptance as if it
were a new single release. For Barry Mann is here to stay, both from
the standpoint of his great writing ability and for the unusual
flavor he can impart in his singing. As for the answer to the
question, “Who Put the Bomp?" Make no mistake about it—Barry
Mann put it there. Listen for yourself. . . .
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was born on Feb. 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. A would-be architect, he became a songwriter when Paul Case, the general manager of the Aberbach family-owned Hill and Range Music, put one of Mann's first songs on the flip of Bobby Pedrick's 'White Bucks and Saddle Shoes' on Big Top - which was affiliated to Hill and Range -in 1958. In 1961, Mann married Cynthia Weil, with whom he was to write most of his hits, and turned briefly to recording when his own 'Who Put The Bomp' - with the bomp sup-plied by New York session singer, Ronald Bright - became a Top Ten hit on ABC in the summer of that year. Further records failed, as did his return to recording when, in the wake of the success of his fellow Brill Building songwriter, Carole King, he attempted a comeback as a singer/song-writer with solo albums in 1971 and 1975. However, if Mann's recording career was unspectacular, he and Cynthia Weil were one of the most successful non-performing American songwriting teams of the Sixties. In the years 1959-70 - on his own, with Cynthia Weil and with others - Mann wrote nearly 50 Hot Hundred records - only failing to score in 1967.
Moreover, as a list of these songs makes clear, Mann and Weil wrote in a variety of styles, though they were most successful with their urban protest songs. 1959: Mann's first hit, 'She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)' (the Diamonds, No. 18). 1960: 'Footsteps' (Steve Lawrence, No. 7) and 'The Way Of A Clown' (Teddy Randazzo, No. 44). 1961: among others two Top Twenty records, 'Bless You' (Tony Orlando) and (with Larry Kobler) 'I Love How You Love Me' (the Paris Sisters). 1962: six Top Twenty records, including 'Come Back Silly Girl' (the Lettermen), `He's Sure The Boy I Love' and 'Uptown' (the Crystals), `I'll Never Dance Again' (Bobby Rydell), 'My Dad' (Ray Peterson) and 'Patches' (Dicky Lee). 1963: ten Hot Hun-dred entries, including four Top Twenty records, 'Blame It On The Bossa Nova' (Eydie Gorme), 'I'll Take You Home' and 'On Broadway' (the Drifters) and 'The Grass Is Greener' (Brenda Lee). 1964: three Top Ten records, 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' (Gene Pitney), 'Saturday Night At The Movies' (the Drifters) and (with Phil Spector) the chart-topping 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' (the Righteous Brothers). 1965: seven Hot Hundred entries, including 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' (the Animals) and 'Home Of The Brave' (Bon-nie and the Treasures and Jody Miller).
1966: another No. 1, `(You're My) Soul And Inspiration' (the Righteous Brothers) and a Top Ten, 'Kicks' (Paul Revere and the Raiders). 1968: eight Hot Hundred entries, including a Top Ten revival of 'I Love How You Love Me' (Bobby Vinton) and possibly Mann's strangest song 'The Shape Of Things To Come' (Max Frost and the Troopers). 1969: two Hot Hundred entries, including a Top Twenty revival of the Ronettes"Walking In The Rain' (Jay and the Americans). 1970: four Hot Hundred entries, including 'New World Coming' (Mama Cass) and 'I Just Can't Help Believing' (B. J. Thomas).