Barry Manilow Part One
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, I wasn’t a fan, but My Sister was and still is a fan. I teased her at first, but some of his songs I liked, and the more I listen, the more I liked. Over the years, I began to be his fan, with a couple of his albums on CD’s and iTunes, which you be hearing on Barry Manilow Part One. Find out what I found out and listen to what I listen on this blog.
Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician and producer with a career that has spanned more than 50 years. His hit recordings include “Could It Be Magic“, “Mandy“, “I Write the Songs“ “Can’t Smile Without You“, and “Copacabana (At the Copa)“.
Manilow performing live in 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Barry Alan Pincus
June 17, 1943 (age 76).
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
• Singer-songwriter theatrical producer music producer.
Susan Deixler (m. 1964— 1966).
Garry Kief (m. 2014).
• Pop soft rock
• Vocals piano.
• Bell Arista RCA Concord Verve.
He recorded and released 46 Top 40 singles on the Adult Contemporary Chart, including 13 that hit number one and 28 of which appeared within the top ten, and has released many multi-platinum albums. Although not a favorite artist of music critics, Manilow has been praised by entertainers including Frank Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s as saying, “He‘s next.“ In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, “Don’t stop what you‘re doing, man. We‘re all inspired by you.“
As well as producing and arranging albums for himself and other artists, Manilow has written and performed songs for musicals, films, and commercials for corporations such as McDonald‘s, Pepsi-Cola, and Band-Aid, from the 1960s. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award (winning once) as a producer, arranger and performer a total of fifteen times (and in every decade) from 1973 to 2015. He has also produced Grammy-nominated albums for Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan. Manilow has sold more than 75 million records as a solo artist worldwide, making him one of the world‘s best-selling artists.
Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus (who went by his own stepfather‘s surname, “Keliher“). His father was born to a Jewish father and an Irish-American Catholic mother, while his maternal grandparents were of Russian Jewish background.
Manilow grew up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, and graduated in 1961 from Eastern District High School, which closed in 1995. During highschool, he met Susan Deixler, who would later become his wife. He enrolled in the City College of New York, where he briefly studied before entering the New York College of Music. He also worked at CBS while he was a student in order to pay his expenses. He later studied Musical Theater at the Juilliard performing arts school.
In 1964, Manilow met Bro Herrod, a CBS director, who asked him to arrange some songs for a musical adaptation of the melodrama The Drunkard. Instead, Manilow wrote an entire original score. Herrod used Manilow‘s composition in the Off Broadway musical, which had an eight-year run at New York‘s 13th Street Theatre.Manilow then earned money by working as a pianist, producer and arranger.
During this time, he began work as a commercial jingle writer and singer, which continued through the remainder of the 1960s. Many of the TV jingles he composed he would also perform, including State Farm Insurance (“ Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there“) or Band-Aid (“ I am stuck on Band-Aid, ’cause Band-Aid‘s stuck on me!“), for which he adopted a childlike voice and wrote the music (Donald B Wood wrote the lyrics). His singing-only credits include commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi (“ all across the nation, it‘s the Pepsi generation“), McDonald‘s (“ you deserve a break today“), and Dr Pepper. Manilow was awarded an Honorary Clio at the 50th Anniversary Clio Awards in LasVegas in 2009 for his 1960s work as a jingle writer. When accepting the award, he stated that he learned the most about making pop music by working for three or four years as a writer in the jingle industry.
By 1967, Manilow was the musical director for the WCBS-TV series Callback, which premiered on January 27, 1968. He next conducted and arranged for Ed Sullivan‘s production company, arranging a new theme for The Late Show, while writing, producing, and singing his radio and television jingles. At the same time, he and Jeanne Lucas performed as a duo for a two-season run at Julius Monk‘s Upstairs at the Downstairs club in New York.
By 1969, Manilow was signed by Columbia/CBS Music vice-president and recording artist, Tony Orlando, who went on to co-write with and produce Manilow and a group of studio musicians under the name “Featherbed“ on the Columbia Pictures‘ newly acquired Bell Records label.“