NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Robert “Bobby” Weinstein, 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, songwriter, singer and former music director of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), died March 16 at the 82 years old. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Weinstein was the product of a musical family, having grown up in New York City, where he attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan. There he formed a vocal group, The Legends, alongside bandmates Marshall Samples, Ron Warwell, Richard “Chico” Brunson, Sampson Reese and Dominick Fleres. The group won a talent contest on the stage of the famous Apollo Theater in 1955.
In 1957 he began writing songs with Teddy Randazzo, and their first major hit as co-writers was “Pretty Blue Eyes”, recorded by Steve Lawrence and produced by Don Costa, which reached no. 9 on the pop charts in early 1960.
Working at Costa’s production company, Weinstein and Randazzo had some of their greatest hits with comeback hits for Little Anthony and the Imperials in 1964 and 1965, “I’m On The Outside (Looking In)”, “Goin’ Out Of My Head” and “Hurt So Bad”, the last of which was also co-written with Bobby Hart. Weinstein, Randazzo and Lou Stallman also had a hit in 1965 with “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” by The Royalettes. “Goin’ Out Of My Head” has sold over 100 million recorded records by over 400 artists and ranks in the top 50 most recorded songs in history.
Many of Weinstein’s collaborations were recorded by successful artists of the time, including Til Box Tops, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Jerry Vale, The Lettermen, Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams, Luther Vandross, The Temptations, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Royalettes and Frank Sinatra.
Weinstein later became an executive at the performing rights organization BMI, where he served for 25 years as a liaison for affiliated songwriters. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 24 years and served as president of the organization from 1993 to 1999.
He is survived by his loving wife Carol, his beloved son Blue and was a loving grandfather.