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Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) by Barry Mann (ABC-Paramount, 1961)

This doo-wop top ten hit was full of nonsensical lyrics and talks of how a girl fell in love after listening to such songs. Mann was backed up the Tha Halos, an American doo wop group from the Bronx. (A member of this group is the grandfather of Keith Sweat.)

The song peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It has been covered about a dozen times, parodied three additional times and been adapted into other forms about three times.

Mann has since partnered with his wife Cynthia Weil. Together, they have created several hits, including Don’t Know Much (by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt), Here You Come Again (by Dolly Parton), I Will Come to You (by Hanson), You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling (by the Righteous Brothers), the title song for the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Somewhere Out There (also by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville)>

Mann also writes with other vocalists and/or songwriters. (Most famously with Dan Hill for his #3 hit Sometimes When We Touch.) He and Weil have written for various films. They’ve received a few Grammy awards.

In 1987 they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received their highest honor, a Johnny Mercer Award in 2011.

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