Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow
Background information
Birth name Barry Alan Pincus
Born June 17, 1943 (1943-06-17) (age 71)[1]
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Genres Pop, soft rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, accordion
Years active 1973–present
Labels
Barry Manilow 1979.jpg

Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City)[1] is an American singer. He is best known for songs such as "Could It Be Magic", "Mandy", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copacabana (At the Copa)".

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US UK
[2]
1973 Barry Manilow
  • Released: July 7, 1973
  • Label: Bell / Arista (Re-release)
28
  • US: Platinum
1974 Barry Manilow II
  • Released: October 1974
  • Label: Bell / Arista (Re-release)
9
  • US: 2× Platinum
1975 Tryin' to Get the Feeling
  • Released: October 1975
  • Label: Arista
5
  • US: 3× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1976 This One's for You
  • Released: August 1976
  • Label: Arista
6
  • US: 3× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1978 Even Now
  • Released: February 1978
  • Label: Arista
3 12
  • US: 3× Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1979 One Voice
  • Released: September 25, 1979
  • Label: Arista
9 18
  • US: 2× Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
1980 Barry
  • Released: November 19, 1980
  • Label: Arista
15 5
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1981 If I Should Love Again
  • Released: September 1981
  • Label: Arista
14 5
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Platinum
1982 Here Comes the Night
  • Released: November 1982
  • Label: Arista
32 7
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Platinum
1984 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
  • Released: November 15, 1984
  • Label: Arista
28 40
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1985 Manilow
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: RCA
42 40
1987 Swing Street
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Arista
70
  • US: Gold
1989 Barry Manilow
  • Released: May 2, 1989
  • Label: Arista
64
  • US: Gold
  • UK: Silver
1990 Because It's Christmas
  • Release: September 25, 1990
  • Label: Arista
40
  • US: Platinum
1991 Showstoppers
  • Released: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Arista
68 53
1994 Singin' with the Big Bands
  • Released: October 11, 1994
  • Label: Arista
59 54
  • US: Gold
1996 Summer of '78
  • Released: November 19, 1996
  • Label: Arista
82 66
  • US: Gold
1998 Manilow Sings Sinatra
  • Released: November 10, 1998
  • Label: Arista
122 72
2001 Here at the Mayflower
  • Released: November 13, 2001
  • Label: Concord
90 18
2002 A Christmas Gift of Love 55
  • US: Gold
2004 Scores
  • Released: September 28, 2004
  • Label: Concord
47
2006 The Greatest Songs of the Fifties
  • Released: January 31, 2006
  • Label: Arista
1 12
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
The Greatest Songs of the Sixties
  • Released: October 31, 2006
  • Label: Arista
2 56
  • US: Gold
  • UK: Gold
2007 The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
  • Released: September 17, 2007
  • Label: Arista
4 27
  • US: Gold
In the Swing of Christmas
  • Released: November 26, 2007
  • Label: Arista / Hallmark
127
  • US: Gold
2008 The Greatest Songs of the Eighties
  • Released: November 21, 2008
  • Label: Arista
14 22
  • US: Gold
2010 The Greatest Love Songs of all Time
  • Released: January 22, 2010
  • Label: Arista
5 26
  • US: Gold
2011 15 Minutes 7 20
"—" means releases that did not chart.


Awards[change | change source]

Selected TV and movie appearances[change | change source]

Barry Manilow, accompanied by long-time girlfriend Linda Allen at the premiere of The Rose (starring Bette Midler), November 7, 1979
  • Donny & Marie in 1977.
  • ABC special The Stars Salute Israel At 30 on May 8, 1978.
  • May 8, 1982, Goldie & Kids a special where he acted in skits and sang "One Voice" and "I Am Your Child" with hostess Goldie Hawn.
  • In 1985 Barry wrote and starred in the Television movie Copacabana (musical), which was inspired by his 1978 song Copacabana.
  • On September 17, 1987, he was in the star-studded CBS special We The People 200: The Constitutional Gala taped at the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to debut his song "Let Freedom Ring".
  • On May 17, 1989, made first of eight appearances as a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show over five years.
  • On May 17, 1993, Manilow made a guest appearance on the CBS show Murphy Brown. On the show, Candice Bergen's character often said she doesn't like Manilow's music. After she became a mother, Manilow appeared to sing her a sweet version of his tune "I Am Your Child", winning her over with the song about a parent's bond with a child. Later that year he was in England on Surprise! Surprise! with Cilla Black where he performed the new single he had recorded with Cilla of "You'll Never Walk Alone".[3]
  • Guest appearance in a 2001 episode of Ally McBeal. He played both a hallucination of Ally's and himself on stage at the end of the show.
  • Played himself in a cameo in the 2002 dark comedy Unconditional Love starring Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett where "Can't Smile Without You" also played a key role in the plot.
  • On December 11, 2003, Manilow was on the NBC show Will & Grace as himself backstage between tour stops. The name of the episode is "Fanilow" as in "a fan of Manilow".
  • On April 20–21, 2004, Manilow got back together with Debra Byrd. She was his backup singer and was a vocal coach at American Idol. He was a guest judge for season three. The contestants sang his songs as the theme for the week.
  • On December 8, 2004, he was a guest on the NBC special A Clay Aiken Christmas, hosted by the former Idol runner-up.
  • On March 21–22, 2006, Manilow returned to American Idol in season five. 1950s music was the theme. He again helped the top eleven finalists to fine tune their performances and again sang on the results show.
  • In November 2006, he was on Logo's reality show Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising as himself in Las Vegas for a recording session with the twins.
  • On November 23, 2006, Manilow was live on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He sang the song "What the World Needs Now" on the television broadcast of the parade.
  • On December 2, 2006, Manilow was the celebrity guest and theme for the week on The X Factor.
  • On December 12, 2006, he was live at the 2006 Royal Variety Performance and performed a selection from his latest album.
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 31, 2007, on November 17, 2008, and on July 12, 2011.
  • He guest starred on Family Guy in "Back to the Woods" on February 17, 2008
  • On December 4, 2008, he was the main guest on UK's The Graham Norton Show.
  • He guest starred on Strictly Come Dancing on December 7, 2008
  • Barry narrated and wrote original music for the Ocean Spray Christmas special "Cranberry Christmas".
  • He was a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (UK) on September 11, 2009.
  • On October 2, 2009, he was on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
  • He was a guest on The Jay Leno Show (US) on December 10, 2009.
  • He was a guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (US) on January 21, 2010. He mentioned that, before he became famous, he wrote advertising jingles, including two well-known jingles for Band-Aid and State Farm. Also, he commented on his diet of "forgetting to eat".
  • On February 6, 2010, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where Jimmy showed a photo of him in the 1970s and discussed his new album.
  • On December 11, 2010, he ended the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway singing four of his most known and popular songs. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
  • On June 15, 2011, he was on "Good Morning America" performing his new album, "Fifteen Minutes".
  • On June 23, 2011, he was on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.
  • On June 24, 2011, he was on the UK's Paul O'Grady Live.
  • On October 28, 2011, he was the star of the UK's show An Audience With... Barry Manilow.
  • On December 11, 2011, he was on ITV's Text Santa: The Launch
  • On December 14, 2011, he was on the royal variety show on ITV.

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