Barry Manilow is an American music superstar who has carved his niche in the music, television as well as cinema industry. His career spans over five decades and at 74 years of age he is still as entertaining and charming as ever.
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Barry Manilow was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 17, 1943. He grew up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and attended the Eastern District High School. He later went to the New York College of Music. Following his graduation in the year 1961, Barry applied to study at the Julliard Performing Arts School and took on a job at CBS to pay for the course.
The director of CBS at the time, Bro Herrod approached Barry and asked him to arrange songs for a musical adaptation of the drama The Drunkard. Manilow wrote an entirely original score instead. It was an instant hit and featured on the Off-Broadway musical that ran at the 13th Street Theatre in New York for eight years.
Besides his music arrangement work for Ed Sullivan Productions, Barry Manilow started writing commercial jingles for various companies including Band-Aid and Dr Pepper. In the 1970s, the singer’s voice was heard on the famous McDonald’s jingle You Deserve a Break Today. Manilow also worked with singer and songwriter Bette Midler and helped her with her sophomore releases titled Bette Midler and The Divine Miss M.
Barry Manilow’s debut self-titled record came out in 1973. It was then remixed and re-released in 1975. Meanwhile Manilow also released his second studio record, Barry Manilow II.
Barry Manilow’s third music album Tryin’ to Get the Feeling came out in 1975. With hits such as Bandstand Boogie, New York City Rhythm, I Write the Songs and the title track, the record went on to receive triple Platinum certification.
During the late 70s, Barry Manilow produced and starred in four TV specials for the ABC Network. Among these was the very popular The Barry Manilow Special which enjoyed a viewership of millions. It premiered on March 2, 1977, with Penny Marshall as guest and enjoyed a viewership of about 37 million. The special received four Emmy nominations and won in the category of Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Special.
In 1978, Manilow treated the fans to his fifth studio album titled Even Now. It was recorded in Hollywood at the A&M Studios. The record gave hits including Copacabana, Somewhere in the Night and Can’t Smile Without You. It was also certified triple Platinum.
This was quickly followed by the greatest hits collection titled Manilow Magic- the Best of Barry Manilow.
Manilow’s song Ready to Take A Chance Again featured on the 1978 action-thriller Foul Play. The track was also nominated for the Best Original Score at the Oscars.
The singer’s sixth studio effort One Voice hit the shelves in 1979. It comprised the song Ships which reached the ninth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Barry Manilow kicked off the 80s with a bang. He performed to a sold-out Wembley Stadium in England in 1980. The same year he came out with the record Barry which spawned hits such as I Made It Through the Rain and We Still Have Time. Like his previous releases, this album too received triple platinum certification.
The singer recorded his eleventh music record live during a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Titled Barry Live in Britain, it soared to the number one spot on the music charts in the UK and also received Platinum status in the country.
Manilow released 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe in 1984. The album was rehearsed for three days and then recorded live in one take. For this collection, the musician recruited veteran jazz music artists such as Bill Mays, George Duvivier and Shelly Manne. The record made it to the 28th spot on the Billboard 200.
The music artist’s autobiography titled Sweet Life: Adventures On the Way to Paradise was published in the year 1987. It consists of various behind-the-scene realities of the music business and several anecdotes about his tours thereby giving his fans insight about his professional and personal life. During the same year, Manilow signed a contract with Arista Records under which he released the record Swing Street.
In 1989, the singer performed a total of 44 sold out concerts at the Gershwin Theatre. These came to be known as Barry Manilow at the Gershwin. The following year Manilow released his first Christmas album Because It’s Christmas.
During the 1990s, Barry Manilow released a series of event albums. These include Summer of 78, Singin’ with the Big Bands, Manilow Sings Sinatra and Showstoppers. He also co-wrote Broadway musical scores for The Pebble and the Penguin and Thumbelina.
From the year 2002 to 2006, Manilow released Scores: Songs from Copacabana & Harmony, 2 Nights Live, Ultimate Manilow and a covers record titled The Greatest Songs of the Fifties.
The most recent album by Barry Manilow is This is My Town: Songs of New York. It was released via Decca Records and Stiletto Entertainment in April of 2017. The collection is the singer’s tribute to the city which gave him ambition and a sense of humor.
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In his illustrious career, Barry Manilow has won several awards and accolades. He was inducted into the esteemed Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
At the beginning of his career, the four-time Grammy winner was honored with a Clio Award for his work with jingles. Having sold over 75 million albums, he was also presented with the RIAA Plaque in 2007.
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