After growing restless, he went into talks that led to the Nabisco-RJ Reynolds merger in 1985.He was soon appointed President and CEO of RJR Nabisco.
In 1991, Cohen founded the securities and asset management businesses of Republic National Bank of New York.
Johnson appeared on the December 5, 1988 cover of Time Magazine.
After dismal stock performance following the 1987 Stock Market Crash, Johnson decided to put the company in play.
In 1961, Mann had his biggest hit to that time with “I Love How You Love Me“, written with Larry Kolber and a No. (Seven years later, Bobby Vinton would take the song into the Top 10.) Also in 1961, Mann himself hit the Top 40 as a performer with a novelty song co-written with Gerry Goffin, “Who Put The Bomp“, which parodied the nonsense words of the then-popular doo-wop genre and made the Top 40.
Despite his success as a singer with “Who Put the Bomp”, Mann chose to channel the bulk of his creativity into songwriting, forming a prolific partnership with Weil, a lyricist he met while both were staff songwriters at Don Kirshner’s and Al Nevin’s Aldon Music, whose offices were located near the famed composing-and-publishing factory, the Brill Building.