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Songwriting Duo Cynthia Weil And Barry Mann; On Bruce Springsteen’s New Album; Jake Bugg Plays Live

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jake Bugg performs live in the Soundcheck studio. Jake Bugg performs live in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: During the 1960's, New York City’s Brill Building was a songwriting epicenter that pumped out some of the era’s most memorable hits. Two of the songwriters inside were Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann – a couple whose story is told alongside that of another songwriting duo, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, in the new Broadway musical “Beautiful.” We talk with Weil and Mann about their long-lasting musical partnership and some of their favorite songs that they’ve written together over the years. ·

Then: Bruce Springsteen officially released his 18th album, High Hopes. Music writer Caryn Rose gives her review.

And:British singer and guitarist Jake Bugg performs songs from his second album, Shangri La in the Soundcheck studio.

Guests:

Jake Bugg, Barry Mann, Caryn Rose and Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil And Barry Mann: The Songwriters Behind The Most-Played Song Of The 20th Century

Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann have been writing songs together for more than 50 years and are responsible for crafting some of rock's biggest hits. Now they're depicted in the new Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Grammy-winning husband and wife duo reflect on their musical collaborations, and what it was like to work during the famous Brill Building Era in New York City.

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Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Delivers

Billboard’s Caryn Rose shares her reaction to Bruce Springsteen's new record, High Hopes.

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Hear: Jake Bugg, Live On Soundcheck

Hear British guitarist and singer Jake Bugg perform songs from his recent record, Shangri La, in the Soundcheck studio. 

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