Barry Manilow biography
 

Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow Biography


Barry Manilow in 1975
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Barry Manilow in 1975
Barry Manilow in 1987
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Barry Manilow in 1987
Barry Manilow in 1990
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Barry Manilow in 1990
Barry Manilow in 2004 doing a MJ imitation during "Copacabana"
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Barry Manilow in 2004 doing a MJ imitation during 'Copacabana'

Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter. Manilow dominated the 1970s soft rock scene with a string of top ten hits and multi-platinum albums. Despite the frequent barbs from critics and lampooning by comedians, Manilow's fans and music soldier on as evidenced by the No. 1 debut of his 2002 greatest hits album Ultimate Manilow, and being dubbed 'showman of our generation' recently by Rolling Stone.

(Manilow's record label Arista took three years off his announced age when he was really 32--in 1975--and made him 29 years old so he would appeal to teens as well; this made him appear to have been born in 1946 instead of his actual birth year which is 1943. Manilow also reportedly wrote to Playboy in 1965—when he would have been 22—asking for advice about music.)

Early in his career, Manilow worked as a pianist, producer and arranger, accompanying Bette Midler among others. Manilow's solo hits include 'Mandy' (1974), 'Copacabana (At The Copa)' (1978), 'I Write The Songs' (1975) 'The Old songs' (1981),'Hey Mambo' (1987) 'Turn The Radio Up' (2001), and 'They Dance!' (2001).

Manilow's 'Copacabana' has also been turned into a stage musical; which toured in 2003.

Manilow appeared as a guest judge and even arranged music for American Idol on April 24, 2004, the year in which he also embarked on his 'One Night Live! One Last Time!' final tour. Some fans were unhappy that Manilow charged his fans $1000 to meet him after the show for charity. Critics are not uniformly impressed by the tour, either, noting that the name of the tour suggests that he should be emphasizing his repertoire of Top 40 hits, instead of kitschy Broadway-style production numbers, and an apparently rather notorious crotch-grabbing gesture during the performance of Copacabana.

Although not all Manilow's hits were written by him (the most notable instance, ironically, being 'I Write The Songs', actually written by lyricist Bruce Johnston), he co-wrote, with lyricist Bruce Sussman, a musical, Harmony, which was originally to have been produced in Philadelphia during 2003. After financial difficulties and a legal battle, Manilow and Sussman won back the rights to the musical which is now to be produced on stage in 2005.

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The Barry Manilow Anthology "By Barry Manilow. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and black & white phot

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Greatest Hits - Easy Piano "By Barry Manilow. For voice and easy piano. Hal Leonard Easy Adult Piano. Adult Contemporary and Pop. Difficulty: easy to easy-medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and easy piano notation. 48 pages. Published by Hal Le

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E-Z Play Today #126 - Best of Barry Manilow "(E-Z Play Today Volume 126). For voice and keyboard. Hal Leonard E-Z Play Today. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: easy. Keyboard/vocal/chords songbook (big note notation). Big note notation, lyrics, chord names and registration guide. 96 pag

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One Voice By Barry Manilow. Arranged by Kirby Shaw. For SATB a cappella chorus (SATB A Cappella). Hal Leonard Pop Choral Series. Choral. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Ultimate Manilow "By Barry Manilow. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 103 pages. Publish

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Copacabana "By Barry Manilow. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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One Voice By Barry Manilow. By Barry Manilow. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. SATB. Choral. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Can't Smile Without You "By Barry Manilow. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Love; Pop; Standards. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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Barry Manilow (Pro Vocal Men's Edition Volume 54). By Barry Manilow. Pro Vocal. Softcover with CD. 40 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Could It Be Magic "By Barry Manilow. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Musical/Show; Pop. 4 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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It's Just Another New Year's Eve "By Barry Manilow. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Christmas; Pop. 4 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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Barry Manilow (Piano Play-Along Volume 86). By Barry Manilow. Piano Play-Along. Softcover with CD. 40 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Barry Manilow's Copacabana - The Musical "(The Musical). By Barry Manilow. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Vocal Selections. Broadway and Pop Vocal. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 87 pages. Published by Hal Leon

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Copacabana ((At the Copa)). By Barry Manilow. Arranged by John Berry. Young Jazz (Jazz Ensemble). Grade 3. Published by Hal Leonard

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Copacabana (At the Copa) "By Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman, and Jack Feldman. Arranged by Richard L. Saucedo. Score and full set of parts.. Young Concert Band. Grade 3. Published by Hal Leonard"

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The Greatest Songs of the Fifties "By Barry Manilow. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). P/V/C. Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary. Songbook. Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 70 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Mandy "By Barry Manilow. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Love; Pop; Rock. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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One Voice By Barry Manilow. By Barry Manilow. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. SAB. Choral. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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One Voice By Barry Manilow. By Barry Manilow. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. 2-Part. Choral. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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One Voice "By Barry Manilow. Arranged by Ann Minihane. Female barbershop choir. Young women's voices, a cappella. Barbershop, Ballad. Medium. Published by Sweet Adelines International"

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