Barry Manilow born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York is one of the biggest hit makers of the 1970s. Barry is a singer/pianist/composer who studied at New York’s Julliard School. Worked as Bette Midler’s accompanist in New York in 1972. He would produce her first two albums. Barry wrote jingles for Pepsi, State Farm Insurance, Band-Aid, Dr. Pepper and the famous McDonalds jingle, “You Deserve A Break Today”. He is one of the all-time top Adult Contemporary vocalists.
His first charted solo hit made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on November 16, 1974 and also became his first #1 hit record, MANDY. The single charted at #1 for 1 week and was a Hot 100 hit for 16 weeks. Crossing to the Adult Contemporary chart, MANDY also became a #1 hit, holding the top spot for two weeks. This was also his only charted single on Bell Records. His hits through 1988 would be on Arista Records with the exception of I’M YOUR MAN in 1986 on RCA Records.
Barry Manilow would chart 28 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1974 and 1988, he is ranked at #23 during the 1970s and #75 All-Time by Joel Whitburn in his Record Research Book, “Top Pop Singles 12th Edition”. He would chart 3 #1 Hot 100 hits, 13 #1 Adult Contemporary hits and 11 Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hits.
His recording of COPACABANA (At The Copa), a #8 Hot 100 hit and a million-seller earned him a Grammy for: “Pop Male Vocal”. A few of his many hits include: I WRITE THE SONGS-1975, LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT-1977, CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU-1976, COULD IT BE MAGIC-1975. Barry also wrote BANDSTAND BOOGIE the tune about American Bandstand in 1975.
CLICK THE TITLE TO HEAR BARRY MANILOW…SING HIS CLASSIC RECORDING OF…”MANDY” AND HIS “GRAMMY AWARD” RENDITION OF…”COPACABANA (At The Copa)”.
Till the next time—Joe
PS: For my daughter-in-law “Debbie”