Barry Manilow About

Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus) is an internationally celebrated crooner, producer, arranger, composer and classically trained pianist from Brooklyn, New York, who has earned several gold and platinum certified albums, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and a Clio Award in his 50+ year career. Originally an aspiring Broadway writer, Manilow became known at CBS as the ‘piano-playing mail boy’, later landing a job as musical director of two of the station’s shows. Meanwhile he wrote popular jingles for companies like McDonalds, Pepsi, State Farm, Band-Aid, Stridex and KFC.

After accepting an offer from Bette Midler to play piano for her act at a New York City bath house (as well as performing for the venue’s other acts), Manilow produced her 1972 top-ten Grammy-winning debut album The Divine Miss M and insisted on having his own featured spot as part of her touring act, to which she reluctantly agreed. Manilow’s own first releases came out under the band name Featherbed, which was initially a group of studio musicians assembled by Tony Orlando as a vehicle for Manilow to sing “Could It Be Magic” (a song he’d cowritten) for Bell Records. Bell then released the album Barry Manilow but it found little success.

However, Clive Davis saw potential in Manilow and insisted he cover “Brandy” by Scott English retitled as “Mandy” (to avoid confusion with the Looking Glass song of the same name) for his new label Arista Records. “Mandy” went to #1 in the US & Canada and reached the top 40 in three countries overseas, sending his album Barry Manilow II into the US top 10. His follow-up single “It’s a Miracle” became his second Canadian chart-topper, also reaching #12 in the US. The success of Barry Manilow II prompted a reissue of his debut (relabeled by Arista as Barry Manilow I), which featured a remixed version of “Could It Be Magic” that climbed into the US & Canada top 10.

Manilow’s next seven studio albums over the next seven years were all certified platinum and scored at least one top 30 US hit each, including two more chart-toppers: “I Write The Songs” and “Looks Like We Made It”. 1984’s 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe was also certified platinum, but had no charting singles on the US Hot 100, signaling the end of his peak era. Three more albums were released in the 1980s to lukewarm success, offering a total of two minor US pop hits. Since the 1990s, much of Manilow’s output has been compilations, live albums, film soundtracks, holiday albums and collections of cover songs (including several The Greatest Songs of … albums) that maintain his dedicated audience of fans (called Fanilows).

In 2011, Manilow released 15 Minutes, his first album of orginal material in ten years. In 2015, he returned to his original passion and wrote the musical Harmony with longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman. That same year, he married his long-time manager Garry Keif, with whom he’d secretly had a 40-year relationship with. As of 2019, Manilow continues performing, holding the record for the most years of Las Vegas residency (beating Elvis' record of seven years back in 2012) and is called the top-selling adult contemporary recording artist of all time, with sales of 85 million albums worldwide.

Barry Manilow Lyricsby Popularity

1 Can't Smile Without You Barry Manilow 66 2 Mandy Barry Manilow 46 3 Not What You See Barry Manilow 41 4 Can't Smile Without You Barry Manilow 41 5 Blue (Ft. Sarah Vaughan) Barry Manilow 40 6 When October Goes Barry Manilow 40 7 Time After Time Barry Manilow 39 8 Lonely Together Barry Manilow 38 9 Losing Touch Barry Manilow 36 10 Big Fun (Ft. Full Swing) Barry Manilow 35 11 Summertime (Ft. Diane Schuur & Stan Getz) Barry Manilow 35 12 Cherish/Windy Barry Manilow 34 13 Sailing Barry Manilow 33 14 Come Dance With Me/Come Fly With Me Barry Manilow 33 15 Looks Like We Made It Barry Manilow 33 16 Sunrise Barry Manilow 33 17 Everybody Loves Somebody Barry Manilow 32 18 Read'em And Weep Barry Manilow 32 19 Talk To Me Barry Manilow 31 20 Give My Regards to Broadway Barry Manilow 31 21 They Gave In To The Blues Barry Manilow 31 22 A Linda Song Barry Manilow 31 23 I Was A Fool (To Let You Go) Barry Manilow 31 24 Looks Like We Made It (acoustic) Barry Manilow 30 25 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head Barry Manilow 30 26 Moments To Remember Barry Manilow 30 27 Do You Know Who's Livin' Next Door? Barry Manilow 30 28 I Hear Her Playing Music Barry Manilow 30 29 The Air That I Breathe Barry Manilow 30 30 Bluer Than Blue Barry Manilow 30 31 Dancing In The Dark Barry Manilow 30 32 Somewhere Down The Road Barry Manilow 30 33 Dance Away Barry Manilow 30 34 When I Wanted You Barry Manilow 30 35 Sunday Father Barry Manilow 30 36 Even Now Barry Manilow 30 37 Wine Song Barry Manilow 29 38 If Barry Manilow 29 39 Turn The Radio Up Barry Manilow 29 40 I've Got The World On A String Barry Manilow 29 41 All The Way Barry Manilow 29 42 Let's Hang On Barry Manilow 29 43 Let's Get On With It Barry Manilow 29 44 I Just Want To Be The One In Your Life Barry Manilow 29 45 Work The Room Barry Manilow 28 46 Written In Stone Barry Manilow 28 47 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Barry Manilow 28 48 And I Love Her Barry Manilow 28 49 If You Love Me (Really Love Me) Barry Manilow 28 50 I Miss You Barry Manilow 28 51 Old Friends Barry Manilow 28 52 Say No More Barry Manilow 28 53 Put A Quarter In The Jukebox Barry Manilow 28 54 London Barry Manilow 28 55 I'm Comin' Home Again (Unfinished Version) Barry Manilow 28 56 New York City Rhythm / On Broadway Barry Manilow 27 57 Now It's For Real Barry Manilow 27 58 Islands in the Stream (Ft. Reba McEntire) Barry Manilow 27 59 You Made Me Love You Barry Manilow 27 60 What The World Needs Now Is Love Barry Manilow 27 61 Beyond The Sea Barry Manilow 27 62 Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight (Ft. Phyllis McGuire) Barry Manilow 27 63 Here's To The Man Barry Manilow 27 64 Bring Him Home Barry Manilow 27 65 Paradise Cafe Barry Manilow 27 66 Good-Bye My Love Barry Manilow 27 67 Some Kind Of Friend Barry Manilow 27 68 The Old Songs Barry Manilow 27 69 Bobbie Lee (What's The Difference, I Gotta Live) Barry Manilow 27 70 15 Minutes Barry Manilow 26 71 Letter From A Fan/So Heavy, So High Barry Manilow 26 72 (I've Had) The Time Of My Life Barry Manilow 26 73 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Barry Manilow 26 74 All I Have To Do Is Dream Barry Manilow 26 75 They Dance! Barry Manilow 26 76 All I Need Is The Girl Barry Manilow 26 77 Jingle Bells (Ft. Exposé) Barry Manilow 26 78 Weekend in New England Barry Manilow 26 79 Read 'Em And Weep - Digitally Remastered: 1992 Barry Manilow 26 80 Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed? Barry Manilow 26 81 Copacabana (At the Copa) Barry Manilow 26 82 No Love For Jenny Barry Manilow 26 83 Slept Through The End Of The World Barry Manilow 25 84 You've Got A Friend (Ft. Melissa Manchester) Barry Manilow 25 85 My Eyes Adored You Barry Manilow 25 86 Silent Night/I Guess There Ain't No Santa Claus Barry Manilow 25 87 Stompin' At The Savoy Barry Manilow 25 88 I’ve Never Been So Low on Love Barry Manilow 25 89 New York City Rhythm Barry Manilow 25 90 I Let Myself Believe Barry Manilow 25 91 Downtown / Uptown Barry Manilow 24 92 He's A Star Barry Manilow 24 93 Hey Mambo (Ft. Kid Creole and The Coconuts) Barry Manilow 24 94 Run To Me (Ft. Dionne Warwick) Barry Manilow 24 95 Angel Eyes Barry Manilow 24 96 One More Time (Ft. Gerry Mulligan) Barry Manilow 24 97 Getting Over Losing You Barry Manilow 24 98 Lovin' at Birdland Barry Manilow 23 99 Love Is Here To Stay Barry Manilow 23 100 You Can Have The TV Barry Manilow 23 101 Swing Street Barry Manilow 23 102 Silver Bells Barry Manilow 22 103 Can't Help Falling In Love Barry Manilow 22 104 Happy Holiday / White Christmas Barry Manilow 22 105 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Barry Manilow 22 106 One Man In A Spotlight Barry Manilow 22 107 The Second Time Around Barry Manilow 22 108 My Kind Of Town Barry Manilow 22 109 When I Need You Barry Manilow 22 110 Bermuda Triangle Barry Manilow 22 111 On The Roof Barry Manilow 21 112 I Dig New York Barry Manilow 21 113 Joy To The World / It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Barry Manilow 21 114 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Barry Manilow 21 115 Ready To Take A Chance Again Barry Manilow 21 116 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Barry Manilow 20 117 The Twelfth Of Never Barry Manilow 18