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Barry Manilow's Career Highlights

Barry Manilow's Career Highlights
June 17, 2020 - 19:30 / Rachel Johnson

American singer Barry Manilow is no stranger to the spotlight and has been gracing the world with his music for over 50 years. Still loved by all, here is a look back at the talented singer's amazing career!

Barry Manilow was born June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York. Barry would discover his passion for singing and song-writing after graduating high school and would enroll in the New York College of Music, later studying Musical Theater at Juilliard. 

Barry's big break would come in 1964 when CBS director, Bro Herrod, asked Barry to help with the music on his melodrama The Drunkard. During this time, Barry was also writing jingles for popular TV commercials including State Farm Insurance, Band-Aid, Pepsi, and McDonald's. In fact, many of his jingles are still used by the brands today! 

Barry Manilow performing in London 1982

Barry Manilow's Rise to Fame

With experience under his belt, Barry Manilow was ready to begin his rise to fame. In the 1960's and 70's, Barry would produce not only his own hit songs, but write for artists including Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and Sarah Vaughan. 

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Throughout his career, Barry has recorded over 13 of his own number one hits including popular tunes "Could It Be Magic", "Copacabana", "Mandy", and "Can't Smile Without You", and has been praised as inspiration by legendary entertainers including Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. 

Barry Manilow In Concert- Chicago 2015

Barry Manilow Today

While Barry Manilow has had his fair share of critics, with over 75 million records sold, Barry continues to be an inspiration today as one of the world's best-selling artists. In addition, the singer has been nominated for a Grammy Award 15 times over the years! 

In 2017, Barry officially came out as gay after rumors had been circulating for years and has been legally married to his long-time manager and partner Garry Kief since 2014. Now 77-years-old, Barry isn't showing any signs of slowing down and continues to perform live on tour. He even released a new album in 2020 titled Night Songs II

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All of us have been glued to the nightly news and the various governmental policies about how to mitigate the virus' impact. We've also read your letters and posts expressing your concern for the current UK concert dates. We share your concern. Like you, we can't wait for the good times to come again. But when they come (and they will) we want EVERYONE to be there. Healthy. Happy. And having a great time. So, even though we miss everyone dearly and long for a visit to the UK, we agree that its best for everyone's health and welfare to move the UK Concert dates to the Spring of 2021. Of course, your current tickets and your same seats will be good for the new dates. Here they are: May 26 - Birmingham - Resorts World Arena May 28 - Leeds - First Direct Arena May 29 - Glasgow - Hydro May 31 - London - The O2 June 1 - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena June 3 - Newcastle - Utilia Arena June 4 - Manchester - Manchester Arena Until then, please know that your letters and posts of understanding and good wishes mean a lot to all of us. We know we'll all get through this. And we'll see you in 2021.We'll see you then, when the good times come again.

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