The iconic lyricist, Cynthia Weil, sadly passed away at 82 years old. She left a rich legacy of beloved songs, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “On Broadway,” “We Gotta Get out of This Place,” among many others.

One of the notable songs from her repertoire is “Here You Come Again,” a country pop song from 1977 sung by Dolly Parton. This track played a substantial role in Parton’s career, as it marked her first major crossover hit, significantly broadening her reach to mainstream audiences.

The celebrated singer expressed her heartfelt sentiments in honor of Cynthia via social media on Saturday, lauding her lifelong achievements and expressing profound gratitude.

“It deeply saddened me to learn about Cynthia Weil’s demise,” her statement read. “She was truly one of the most brilliant writers of our time, and I am forever indebted to her. Together with her collaborator, Barry Mann, she penned my first million-selling song, ‘Here You Come Again’.”

Originally crafted in 1975 by Cynthia and her long-standing collaborator and spouse Barry Mann, the song was intended to mark a resurgence for Brenda Lee. However, once Lee decided not to take the track, it was offered to Dolly.

At that point, although the now 77-year-old singer was already a prominent figure in the country music scene with hits such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” she had not significantly penetrated the mainstream market.

After collaborating with her producers to give the song less of a pop vibe and more of a mixed-genre feel, it went on to become her most successful hit of the time. The track reigned supreme on the American country charts for more than a month and even broke into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

This groundbreaking song not only earned Dolly her first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female in 1978, but it also led to the eponymous parent album achieving great success.

Continuing her tribute, she said: “Therefore, my gratitude towards her is boundless and will continue eternally. I am certain that her absence will be deeply felt by all who loved her, and her remarkable music legacy will forever be treasured.”

“Here You Come Again” is still among Dolly’s three solo top-ten hits on the mainstream American music charts, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the number one hits “9 To 5” and “Islands in the Stream,” a collaboration with Kenny Rogers.

Cynthia Weil’s passing was confirmed by her daughter, Jenn Mann, to TMZ on Friday. She shared: “Cynthia Weil, my mother, was the most wonderful mother, grandmother, and wife our family could ever have. She was not only my best friend and confidante but also my partner in crime. Additionally, she served as a beacon and pioneer for women in music.”

Album Cover For "Here You Come Again" Dolly Parton

“Here You Come Again” was the country superstar’s first crossover hit+

reached and moved hundreds of millions globally, establishing her as one of the most legendary songwriters of the 20th century.

“Cynthia is survived by her beloved husband, soulmate and songwriting partner Barry Mann, her devoted daughter Dr. Jenn Mann and her fiancé Eric Schiffer, as well as her granddaughters Quin and Mendez.”