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Melissa Manchester

MOR singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, began singing commercial jingles at age 15 and went on to become a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School of Performing Arts. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow; the two hired her as a backup singer in 1971. She recorded her debut album, Home to Myself, in 1973, co-writing many of the songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Released in 1975, Melissa produced her first Top Ten hit, "Midnight Blue," and set the tone for most of her career with its direct, slickly produced MOR pop sound. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the latter's 1978 duet hit with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend," and the following year, Manchester returned to the Top Ten with "Don't Cry Out Loud." In 1980 Manchester became the first singer to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards (Ice Castles and The Promise); two years later she achieved her highest Billboard singles chart placement with the number five hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Through the '80s and '90s, Manchester alternated occasional recording with scriptwriting and acting, appearing with Bette Midler in For the Boys and on the television series Blossom as the title character's birth mother. In spring 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in ten years. When I Look Down That Road, which included collaborations with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Keb' Mo', marked her first proper release with Koch. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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dragonlady60 8 8
Come. Back Melissa !!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
This ladys. Voice Is so unique !!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
one of my fave singers....b i g voice
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stratusdude1
Sooooo underated, one of the best voices of all time! My favorite album is Mathematics too!
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One of my favorite singers of all time!
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She should have been a much bigger star than she was.
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You Should Hear How She Talks About You!
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I saw Melissa in Concert at Atlantic City and the Forrest Theatre in Phila.
She was awesome.
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I sae Melissa at BB Kings inNYC esrlier this year. She didn't have much of a band, but she sounded great!
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Great song writer..!! One of the very best....!!
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like her voice, her talent she's just songstress
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One of the most brilliant singer songwriters ever.
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She's awesome !!!
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She is an awesome singer but she is a sweet person besides
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mateovirgi80
Saw her in concert at Cataline Bar & Grill Sat in Hollywood. She was phenomenal! What an accompished artist and great voice.
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She has one of the greatest voices of all time
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dennis215
SHE HAS BEEN AWAY TO LONG!
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arose4peace
Melissa Manchester does this track really well, nearly makes one forget the orig. (nearly!)
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starspangled t r o o p e r r e s
I love Melissa. She is so underrated,S u c h an incredible talent, Her Mathematics album is one of my favorites. Saw her in concert once and words do not decribe the experience.
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Never understood why she didn't achieve more fame. I've always thought she was very special and wonderful.
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I am 5 years older than Melissa. I have lovedher music snce it first crept on theam band many mons ago. In my world she has always set the standard for female vocalists. Vertually all fall short, very short. Melissa is a national treasure.
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bgmakriswork
she'd be GREAT on Idol as a judge...Capt a i n + T e n n i l l e did a great version of this toosing e r , writer, et al.
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dragonlady60 8 8
SHES THE BEST I MISS HER VOICE AND HER STYLEXX
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This Artist may not have a whole list of number ones to her credit or a number of multi platinum records, but she continually records unforgettabl e songs that touch the hearts of her listening fans world wide. Also, her vocals are Extremely Underrated! (She maybe as Great a vocalist as Mariah Carey - by my humble opinion.)
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trudigoodman
She and I have the same birthday, different year though. I always consider that a great gift.
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When I am feeling down I put on her "If If Feels Good (Let It Ride)" and it makes me feel good - only song I know that makes me immediately happy
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smabc
I love her songs, and it's awsome that she writes songs too.
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Great voice. One of my favorite singers. She knows how to sell a song
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How you could put "Yoko Ono" in the same sentence as Melissa Manchester is beyond me !!!!

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