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Barry Manilow

In terms of record sales and career longevity, Barry Manilow is one of the most successful adult contemporary singers ever. That success hasn't necessarily translated to respect (or even ironic hipster appreciation) in most quarters; instead, Manilow's music has been much maligned by critics and listeners alike, particularly the romantic ballads that defined his career, which were derided as maudlin schlock even during his heyday. It's true that Manilow's taste for swelling choruses and lush arrangements often bordered on bombastic, but unlike many of his MOR peers, Manilow wasn't aiming to make smooth, restrained background music: he conceived of himself as a pop entertainer and all-around showman in the classic mold, and his performances and stage shows were accordingly theatrical.

Manilow dominated pop music during the latter half of the '70s like few other performers, spinning off a long series of hit singles (including 13 number one hits on the adult contemporary charts) and platinum albums that essentially made the Arista label. When the well began to run dry in the early '80s, he branched out into other genres. No longer a superstar expected to deliver blockbuster hits, Manilow was free to explore his long-held taste for swing, pop standards, and Broadway show tunes, which dominated his albums from the mid-'80s on. He continued to record steadily during the following decades, and his popularity never completely eroded, as evidenced by the number three chart debut of his 2002 greatest-hits package, Ultimate Manilow, and the number one peak of his 2006 covers album, Greatest Songs of the Fifties.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943, in Brooklyn, and grew up in its low-income Williamsburg section. His father left the family when Barry was two, and he eventually adopted his mother's maiden name of Manilow. He began playing piano and accordion at age seven, and following high school, he was accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, which he paid for by working in the CBS mail room. From there, he became musical director of the CBS show Callback, and supported himself for the next few years by writing, producing, and performing advertising jingles (including high-profile campaigns for State Farm, Dr. Pepper, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and others).

In 1971, he met Bette Midler, who hired him as her pianist, arranger, and musical director; he served as her accompanist on her legendary pre-fame tour of New York City's gay bathhouses, masterminded her first two albums (1972's The Divine Miss M and its self-titled follow-up), and debuted some of his original material at her Carnegie Hall show in the summer of 1972. Thanks to his gig with Midler, Manilow was able to land a record deal of his own with the fledgling Bell label, and his debut album, Barry Manilow I, was released in 1973. It didn't sell very well, and when Bell became Arista, label head Clive Davis asked Manilow to record a pop tune called "Brandy," which had been a U.K. hit for its co-writer, Scott English. Manilow changed the song into a ballad and changed the title to "Mandy" (to avoid confusion with the Looking Glass hit "Brandy [You're a Fine Girl]"); released on 1974's Barry Manilow II, "Mandy" became a number one hit early the next year. The Broadway-esque follow-up, "It's a Miracle," hit the Top 20, and a re-release of the Chopin-adapted ballad "Could It Be Magic" (from the first album) hit the Top Ten.

With his career thus established, Manilow recorded an even stronger follow-up album in 1975's Tryin' to Get the Feeling. "I Write the Songs" (ironically, written by Beach Boys sideman Bruce Johnston) became his second number one pop hit in early 1976, and with the title track also hitting the Top Ten, the album went triple platinum. Manilow consolidated his emerging stardom with This One's for You, released toward the end of the year; it produced hits in the title track, the Top Ten "Weekend in New England," and the number one "Looks Like We Made It." In 1977, Manilow released the concert double-LP Live, which became his first and only number one album, as well as his biggest hit with sales of over four million copies. The same year, he won an Emmy for his first prime-time special on ABC (aptly titled The Barry Manilow Special); the network would air Manilow specials for the next several years. Even Now was another triple-platinum success in 1978; "Can't Smile Without You," the disco-tinged "Copacabana," and "Somewhere in the Night" all hit the Top Ten, with the first two marking a departure from Manilow's typical reliance on ballads for his hits.

The first signs that Manilow's run of success was in jeopardy came on 1979's One Voice, which -- although it sold well and produced a Top Ten hit in an unlikely cover of former Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter's "Ships" -- didn't have the same consistency of craftsmanship as its predecessors. Released in 1980, Barry spawned Manilow's last Top Ten hit, "I Made It Through the Rain"; though he remained a massively popular international touring act, and continued to place hits on the adult contemporary charts for a few more years, the prime of his pop success was over. In 1984, Manilow officially changed direction, recording an album of swinging, jazzy originals called 2:00 A.M. Paradise Café; it featured jazz greats like Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, Shelly Manne, and Gerry Mulligan. Subsequent ventures like 1987's Swing Street, 1991's Showstoppers, 1994's Singin' with the Big Bands, and 1998's Manilow Sings Sinatra all explored various facets of swing, vocal jazz, and traditional pop. In addition, Manilow's stage musical Barry Manilow's Copacabana: The Musical premiered in 1994, and continued to tour the U.S. and U.K.; another musical, Harmony, was premiered in 1999.

Manilow's long relationship with Arista ended when he signed to the jazz-oriented Concord label, for which he debuted in late 2001 with the concept album Here at the Mayflower, which continued his evolution into a pre-rock/pop stylist. Manilow began to reenter the wider public eye in 2002, performing "Let Freedom Ring" at the Super Bowl pre-game show; aided by television advertising, Ultimate Manilow entered the album charts at a stunning number three position that March. A DVD release of the collection followed, as well as a two-disc set of live music called 2 Nights Live that had been culled from a weekend in New Jersey. Manilow went back to the studio in 2005 to record a diverse collection of tracks from the '50s with producer and music mogul Clive Davis. The resulting Greatest Songs of the Fifties, a labor of love, became a surprise hit and topped the charts in early 2006. A sequel, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, arrived at the end of that year and reached number two, which paved the inevitable way for The Greatest Songs of the Seventies in 2007, and The Greatest Songs of the Eighties in 2008. A holiday album, In the Swing of Christmas, appeared in 2007 and 2009, the latter release being an updated version featuring a pair of bonus tracks. Manilow next teamed with producer Michael Lloyd for 2010's The Greatest Love Songs of All Time, followed one year later by the concept album 15 Minutes, which told the story of a musician's quick rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace. A new studio album, Night Songs, which featured a set of pared-down standards performed on just piano and upright bass, followed in 2014. Manilow quickly followed Night Songs that fall with My Dream Duets, a collection of electronic duets with deceased vocalists he idolized. The album was his first for Verve and was released with some fanfare in late October 2014. ~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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okio7379
Your music brings smiles and sometimes tears to my eyes...growi n g up my dad used to listen to your music and it takes me back to my happy childhood. I have the blessing to still listen to your tunes in the company of my father who still loves your music...tune s that will never fade. thank you Barry M.
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cubsfan.well s
What can I say its Barry Manilow. I have been a fan for 40 years now and I can say I will still be a fan when I am 90.
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caohara
Saw Barry a week or so ago in NJ. His voice is still SO amazing. Probably stronger than it's ever been. I stand in awe of his talent.
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I am a big fan. Of your music. Your song in how my daughter. Got her. Name id oh mandy
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Barry Manilow is the true showman of our time! Have been a fan for 40 years. He is the Music, the Magic and does Write the Songs that makes the whole World Sings! We cannot Smile Without Him! He is an amazing artist, and has always taken my breath away.
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I have been a fan from the very start. His music touches my soul each and everytime I listen to it. I only saw him in concert 1 time. He takes my breath away !!!!! A Fanilow forever :)
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artist685
Barry you're the king of 1970's music and bring back so many sweet memories. Your a great guy. I met you at Kid Creole & Coconuts sisters part in 1980's and I sat on the arm of the couch next to you and I'll never forget what you told! You such a great man. C. C.
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vestalcalvar y u m c
Rediscovered his music after several years, up there there with Sinatra!
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Hello you have always been my inspartion you are so cute
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Love you, Barry! You'll always be my favorite artist! Thank you for some of the greatest music I know... :-)
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nvannostrand 0
Will always and forever be a Fanilow!
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I love Barry manalow please play his music for me
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Please don't ever retire.
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evangelineli l y c
Love all your music Barry and keep making music for as long as it takes.
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I saw him last night. Haven't been to a concert for so many years. It was so fun and he was amazing. A great guy and entertainer.
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Great Music.
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Just saw Barry 3 nights ago in Vegas! What a show! This man is a talented entertainer, lover of music and his fans. He is a class act !! I became a fan all over again... Loving me some Barry!! :)
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I wish Barry will come to Colorado love his music and brings back so many memories of the good days!
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I watch his performances on you tube wish i can got to one of his concerts love his music :)
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artist685
A voice that is standing the test of time. Barry will always be with us w/his music and great soul. Love his concerts.... . . a n d I'm not a geek, but I love Mr. Manilow.
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I am a fanalow of Manilow. Saw his concert at the Nassau Colliseum and it was GREAT. At 71 he can still hold a note longer than anyone thought he could. Greatest writer, performer and arranger of all time. June 17th will be his last concert tour and can only be seen in Las Vegas so I guess I will have to go there.
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albriz68
The king of the goose bump causing key changes! Such beautiful songs.
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A classic. His was the first concert I ever attended as an adult back in the early 80's and he set the bar pretty high! I've seen him in concert at least 10 times over the last three decades and he's still as dedicate to his craft and entertaining his audience as he ever was.
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sabrefan188
love me some Barry
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yannivin
Music will never be the same when he leaves this earth
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Love Barry and his music. I don't think he's ever done a bad song
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Saw Barry last night in Columbus, WOW! what a true entertainer. It was my first Manilow concert ~ I am so glad I got
to see him live. LOVE BARRY MANILOW! Class Act....
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fng69
there will only be one Barry Manilow from Brooklyn!
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Barry is one of a kind. He sings the songs that make you feel good and sometimes sad. When that is what you want. The world will lose a treasure when he quits, soon it seems. DARN.... Don't leave us Barry.
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This man don't sing a bad song. I swear I love everything he does. I could listen to Barry all the time
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I just love, love, love Barry! Ships and This one's for you are my favorite.
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I hate to say this but, i love his songs....bar r y s one of those artists everyone likes but wont admit to, am i right on this one? hes got such a calming voice.
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t_heath
Despite all the critics, Barry certainly has done well for himself..... . a lot of us have listened to his music over the years.......
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My daughter is named Mandy(I) due to his and Waylon Jennings song Amanda. Don't care what others think, his song inspired me, and didn't disappoint!
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Wow I'm listening to Mandy by Barry Manilow. Might as well take my nuts away from me right now!
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A good cup of morning coffee with my husband and Barry Manilow playing on Pandora what more can you ask for. Every song is a story he's the greatest.
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sacsrx
"MANILOW MUSIC" is the blood that flows through my veins...... My life would of never been the same without it.
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I don't care what the critics say. I love his beautiful music.
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The most underrated singer in American history
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Everybody to their own but I have always enjoyed listening to Barry Manilow's music. Excellent live performer. Thank you to Barry for writing the songs so many of us love--and not catering to so called critics who's favorites I don't care for.
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rf2nd
Psst. Pandora. Hipsters are robots of toxic bad a** pop culture. No one wants to be appreciated by them. You may now return to your usual AC act put downs. Try hiring some reviewers who are over the age of 40.
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pruizol59
I was living in Mexico when I listened you songs since that time I love your music. Thanks Barry for bring good memories.
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barry is part of my life i'll never forget....
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artist685
A truly talented musician who still has it and can sing his face off still live! Greatest voice of 1970's.
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Barry' s a Black Lionel...Tha t ' s Richie...lol . . . . o r More Correctly... . . L i o n e l , s a White Version Of Barry..... :-).... Searight Investments For Youth & African American Musc Association Cleveland, Ohio....
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Barry at his best
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Love his music. It has always been part of my life. The good and bad times.
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goodneighbor s v s
I still feel so dreamy when I hear his voice....... . . . . . s i g h
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cindyh54143
Looks like we made it.....TOY xxxx
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Good sweet music
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