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Music Storytellers - BARRY MANILOW
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ALBUMS:
1973 Barry Manilow
1974 Barry Manilow II
1975 Tryin' to Get the Feeling
1976 This One's for You
1978 Even Now
1979 One Voice
1980 Barry
1981 If I Should Love Again
1982 Here Comes the Night
1984 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
1985 Manilow
1987 Swing Street
1989 Barry Manilow
1990 Because It's Christmas
1991 Showstoppers
1994 Singin' with the Big Bands
1996 Summer of '78
1998 Manilow Sings Sinatra
2001 Here at the Mayflower
2002 A Christmas Gift of Love
2004 Scores
2006 The Greatest Songs of the Fifties
The Greatest Songs of the Sixties
2007 The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
In the Swing of Christmas
2008 The Greatest Songs of the Eighties
2010 The Greatest Love Songs of all Time
2011 15 Minutes

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 by 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 MidlerManilow 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 EnglishManilow 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 TorméSarah VaughanShelly 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.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/barry-manilow-mn0000018977
| Closed on 01/18/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
19 Fans 
26%a. 10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)
21%b. 7-9 (Can't Smile w/o You)
37%c. 5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest)
16%e. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#5 | 672 days ago

Try not to get this stuck in your head...




Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love

(Copa Copacabana)

His name was Rico, he wore a diamond
He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there
And when she finished, he called her over
But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar
And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
There was blood and a single gun shot
But just who shot who?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love

(Copa. . Copacabana)
(Copa Copacabana) (Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh)
(Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana)
(Talking Havana have a banana)
(Music and passion...always the fash--shun)



Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....don't fall in love

(Copa) don't fall in love
Copacabana
Copacabana
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  
  
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#1 | 672 days ago
Nick__ (+)






My mom loved this guy, so, when I was younger, I listened to a lot of his music, and back then, it was good.

So, I have to secretly admit that I like most of this older songs, but, I don't go out of my way to listen to them and YES, I own his ULTIMATE MANILOW CD.  
7-9 (Can't Smile w/o You)  
#2 | 672 days ago

Haven't listened to him in years, but I know all the words to his songs. yes
7-9 (Can't Smile w/o You)  
#3 | 672 days ago

So basically, this poll can only mean you're running out of wikipedia entries.

I say in 2013 you fire up some Music Storytellers: one hit wonders. Nena (the German 99 Luft Balloons, btw)? Jesus Jones? 3 Non Blondes? Maybe break it down by decade? Idk, Go crazy.



Poll related: I had NO idea Barry kept putting out albums since I was in the kindergarten!?! I'm going to be 45 in 10 days!! Wow.
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  
#4 | 672 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
marcus_nyce wrote:
So basically, this poll can only mean you're running out of wikipedia entries.

I say in 2013 you fire up some Music Storytellers: one hit wonders. Nena (the German 99 Luft Balloons, btw)? Jesus Jones? 3 Non Blondes? Maybe break it down by decade? Idk, Go crazy.



Poll related: I had NO idea Barry kept putting out albums since I was in the kindergarten!?! I'm going to be 45 in 10 days!! Wow.
Marcus,

Actually, my list, which started back in January, was made of of requests and bands that I know (minus Country) and that list is filled out through the end of 2013.

Some of the artists for next year consist of;

Chicago, Joe Walsh, Black Eyed Peas, Al Green, NWA, No Doubt, Billy Ocean, Ted Nugent, Chevelle....to name a few.

But, I don't have any one hit wonders in my list....maybe I can do that for 2014?

Yep, I was in KTGN when I remember listening to him and I just turned 44.  wink
7-9 (Can't Smile w/o You)  
#5 | 672 days ago

Try not to get this stuck in your head...




Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love

(Copa Copacabana)

His name was Rico, he wore a diamond
He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there
And when she finished, he called her over
But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar
And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
There was blood and a single gun shot
But just who shot who?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love

(Copa. . Copacabana)
(Copa Copacabana) (Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh)
(Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana)
(Talking Havana have a banana)
(Music and passion...always the fash--shun)



Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....don't fall in love

(Copa) don't fall in love
Copacabana
Copacabana
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  
#6 | 672 days ago

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Try not to get this stuck in your head...




Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love

(Copa Copacabana)

His name was Rico, he wore a diamond
He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there
And when she finished, he called her over
But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar
And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
There was blood and a single gun shot
But just who shot who?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love

(Copa. . Copacabana)
(Copa Copacabana) (Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh)
(Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana)
(Talking Havana have a banana)
(Music and passion...always the fash--shun)



Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....don't fall in love

(Copa) don't fall in love
Copacabana
Copacabana
A-HOLE!!! 

LMAO!
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  
#7 | 672 days ago

Much as he is maligned for his ballads, I kinda like a lot of his music.  I laughed at the Will & Grace episode with the "Fanilows".
10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)  
#8 | 671 days ago

Always been a huge fanilow...actually saw him about 10 years ago in Concord...amazing show....the following week I went to San Francisco to see Megadeth and Sevendust and after that on to Oakland to check out Prince...that's how Clownie rolls
10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)  
#9 | 671 days ago

I listened to Barry Manilow all the time back in the day and now ummmm....

   thank you....I will be listening to it in my head the rest of the day .......      indecision

   not a bad thing....just a sad ..kinda ..I miss you, love you....woe is me........  ..  lol                    
10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)  
#10 | 671 days ago

lol
#11 | 671 days ago

(Edited by evilquacks101)
I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special thing s.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.



Wait a minute..............."Barry didn't write this song."
Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe   
#12 | 669 days ago

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Try not to get this stuck in your head...




Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love

(Copa Copacabana)

His name was Rico, he wore a diamond
He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there
And when she finished, he called her over
But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar
And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
There was blood and a single gun shot
But just who shot who?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love

(Copa. . Copacabana)
(Copa Copacabana) (Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh)
(Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana)
(Talking Havana have a banana)
(Music and passion...always the fash--shun)



Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....don't fall in love

(Copa) don't fall in love
Copacabana
Copacabana
There is a club here in Fort Lauderdale called THE COPACABANA, and everytime I go past it, I keep singing this song. Thanks for sticking it back in there.

10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)  
#13 | 669 days ago

icfeet wrote:
Much as he is maligned for his ballads, I kinda like a lot of his music.  I laughed at the Will & Grace episode with the "Fanilows".
what about the movie CAN'T HARDLY WAIT, where the lead actor wants to know if MANDY was about a girl named Amanda because he was stuck on this girl named Amanda for all 4 years of high school. Love the movie, especially Jennifer Love Hewitt
10 (He Wrote the Songs that made me cry)  
#14 | 668 days ago

I liked a few of his songs but never bought any. Didn't like them that much lol
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  
#15 | 662 days ago

 REALLY PEOPLE......HE WAS AWESOME.....I LOVED HIM....I WENT TO SEE HIM IN CONCERT IN HOUSTON...THE SINGING DANCING ....NOSE.....YES... HE WAS WONDERFUL!!!!... I  LOVED EVERY SINGLE SONG HE SANG!!! I'M 52 AND AM STILL IN LOVE  WITH HIM!! YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE THOSE SONGS OUT OF MY HEART!!heartsmiley
7-9 (Can't Smile w/o You)  
#16 | 652 days ago

I think I've heard all of his music from the 70s. My sister loved him, my ex loved him. I actually bought my ex a DVD collection of his TV specials from the 70s. Too syrupy for my taste, though.
5-6 (Tryin to Get the Feelin Again)  

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