This page is dedicated, with love, to the music and artistry of BARRY MANILOW! He has been named "The number one Adult Contemporary Artist of All-Time" and "The Showman of Our Generation" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Barry Alan Pincus was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1946. He began playing the accordion at age 7, and switched to the piano at age 13. He later attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music. He then became one of New York City's hottest young conductors, and was a voice coach for a while, too.
It was a very young and talented Bette Midler that gave Barry that first "big break" so to speak. Barry was her musical director, and she allowed him to open the second half of her show by singing some of his own original songs. Much to Barry's surprise (and delight), the audience gave him a very enthusiastic response. After that, he met Clive Davis, who was then the President of Bell Records, now known as Arista. Clive Davis, a musical genius in his own right, has guided the careers of Barry, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Janis Joplin. Following his stint as Bette's musical director, Barry was encouraged to record his first album, which included "Could It Be Magic" and "I Am Your Child". He then recorded his second album (Barry Manilow II). In November 1974, "Mandy" was released as a single. In January 1975, "Mandy" became a #1 Hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, Barry became the first artist on the Arista Records label to have a song in the Billboard Hot 100. The rest, as they say, is musical history!
Barry has sold more than 75 million records and recorded multiple gold and platinum albums, including "Manilow Sings Sinatra", a heartfelt tribute to "Old Blue Eyes". "Manilow Sings Sinatra" also received two Grammy Award Nominations.
In addition to all the awards and accolades he has received over the years, Barry is loved by millions of fans all around the world. The Barry Manilow International Fan Club (BMIFC) is the largest fan club organization in the world. The official website of the BMIFC is the Barry Net. In addition, starz.bz/Barry Manilow is the place for Offical Barry Manilow Merchandise, which includes a complete collection of CDs, videos and memorabilia, as well as tour items.
The legendary musical career of Barry Manilow continued to evolve in a big way in 2005. On December 14, 2004, it was announced Barry would begin a long-term engagement of his "MANILOW: Music and Passion" show at the Las Vegas Hilton, which began on February 23, 2005. In addition, Barry's "The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties" CD was released on January 31, 2006, reuniting Barry with Arista Records and Clive Davis. Barry's career has reached new heights thanks to to "The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts, and was recently certified Platinum! In addition, Barry's "MANILOW: Music and Passion" show at the Las Vegas Hilton was recently extended through 2008. Also, a "Music and Passion" 2 DVD set was released on March 28, 2006, which contains the concert filmed on December 12, 2005 for a PBS special along with special behind-the-scenes footage, bonus songs and commentary by Barry. He IS music and passion!
This picture of Barry and I was taken at the BMIFC Birthday Bash
Barry was honored with the 12th Annual Society of Singers Ella Award on April 28, 2003-Beverly Hilton Hotel-Los Angeles, California. Photos courtesy of Wireimage.com
Composer Barry Manilow (foreground on piano bench) and writer Bruce Sussman (background on bench), with director David Warren (next to Sussman) and the male principal cast of Harmony.
From left to right: Barry with Clive Davis, Barry with his Ella Award and Barry singing at the SOS Ella Awards.
Barry's CD SCORES was released on September 28, 2004. Scores features 14 songs from COPACABANA and HARMONY, including a duet of "This Can't Be Real" with Olivia Newton-John. Click on the CD cover to go to the Scores website!
BARRY MANILOW-One Night Live!-One Last Time! Tour
The Palace of Auburn Hills/Detroit
October 23, 2004
Photos courtesy of Wireimage
Barry during his appearance as a Guest Judge on American Idol on April 20, 2004
Don't miss "Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook" (produced by Barry), which includes the Barry/Bette duet of "I Love Being Here With You."
The Triple Platinum selling Music and Passion 2 DVD set was released on March 28, 2006, which contains exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, commentary by Barry, and bonus songs as well as the PBS Special filmed in Las Vegas on December 12, 2005.
Barry's "The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties" CD was released on January 31, 2006, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. In addition, this fabulous CD (also available on Dual Disc) was recently certified Platinum.