Trying on different styles for size on his debut album, Manilow proved more versatile than he would later allow himself to be. Casting around for material in the 80s, Manilow occasionally ended up singing some pretty odd things, including a cover of Some Girls by Racey, a band best described as the Tesco Value version of Showaddywaddy. Manilow reworked it for his surprisingly adventurous concept album 15 Minutes, also home to a track that features him rapping. The standard line about Barry Manilow — that he deals solely in unctuous schmaltz — is wide of the mark, as demonstrated by Looks Like We Made It. A very grownup tear-jerker. A man who served his musical apprenticeship in nightclubs and gay bath houses, he makes a convincing early-hours barfly, on a song based on an unfinished lyric by Great American Songbook writer Johnny Mercer. Yearning melancholy set to soaring strings and explosive key changes, Weekend in New England is as good as mids MOR balladry gets. No wonder Frank Sinatra was a fan.
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The album was certified 3x platinum in the US, and would be Manilow's last of that certification as of The US CD version has been released in 3 slightly different incarnations, but the first pressing featured the regular version of "Copacabana" , and the studio, non-hit, version of "Daybreak" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barry Manilow. Retrieved 23 February Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed. St Ives, N. Recording Industry Association of America. Somewhere in My Lifetime Dionne Midnight. Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Vol.
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Barry Manilow is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of his generation. Still touring into his 70s, he has written some of pop's most catchy and heartfelt songs. Here are our favourites:. Take That released a cover over two decades later, based on the Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder upbeat dance version in
Barry Manilow born Barry Alan Pincus , June 17, is an American singer-songwriter, arranger , musician, producer and actor, with a career that has spanned more than 50 years. He recorded and released 51 Top 40 singles on the Adult Contemporary Chart, including 13 that hit number one, 28 appeared within the top ten, and 36 in the top twenty. Manilow has released 13 platinum and six multi-platinum albums. We're all inspired by you. As well as producing and arranging albums for himself and other artists, Manilow has written and performed songs for musicals, films, and commercials for corporations such as McDonald's, Pepsi-Cola, and Band-Aid, from the s. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award winning once as a producer, arranger and performer a total of fifteen times and in every decade from to Manilow grew up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn , and graduated in from Eastern District High School , which closed in He later studied Musical Theater at the Juilliard performing arts school. Instead, Manilow wrote an entire original score. During this time, he began work as a commercial jingle writer and singer, which continued through the remainder of the s.