We Write The Songs: Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters, exploring the art of creating the perfect song.
Episode #4: Gary Barlow talks to the international superstar Barry Manilow about his life and career. Reluctant to take centre stage and preferring the life of accompanist and arranger, Manilow graduated to singing his own songs after writing advertising jingles and working in American television on an early forerunner of an X Factor style talent show. He talks about how he was reluctant to record a song called 'Brandy', but how as' Mandy' it gave him his breakthrough hit; how songs like 'Copacabana' came to be written; and how important the musical arrangements of his songs still are to him after a career that has included some 75 million record sales, countless performances, television shows, albums and musicals from Brooklyn to Broadway.
KIXI Radio’s Dan Murphy recently talked with Barry Manilow about music, about Barry’s new CD, his upcoming residency in Las Vegas, and about whom he would most want to sing a duet with. The answer may surprise you!
Barry Manilow joins John Williams to reflect on his music from the last decades and how he’d revisit them with other music icons. And he talks about the heart of the production, writing and performance of all his decades of work.
He's been nominated for a Grammy in every decade since the 1970s. He's sold 85 million albums. Oh yeah, and he writes the songs that make the whole world sing. Everybody knows who Barry Manilow is. He's been a virtual hit machine since the 1970s. "I Write the Songs." "Copacabana." "Could It Be Magic." "Weekend in New England." "You Deserve a Break Today at McDonald's." (Yes, it's a well-known fact that Barry wrote and sang jingles for commercials in the early part of his career.) Like a lot of veteran singers, his last couple of releases have focused on standards -- the great American songwriters like George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart ... those guys. Barry released a standards collection, Night Songs, back in 2014, and he says this new album is a followup, which is why it's called Night Songs II. He told me, "It's very intimate. It's just me playing the piano and singing some of the greatest songs ever written, by some of the greatest composers ever to put pen to paper." The album drops on Valentine's Day, of course. The first single is "My Funny Valentine." Barry's 50-date residency at the Westgate International Theatre in Las Vegas resumes on February 13. Lots going on for a 76-year-old guy, but he doesn't seem to be slowing down. Here's my chat with him, including his take on today's hit songs, the lost art of the commercial jingle, and the part where I tell him how much my 8-year-old son and his crew at summer camp loved Barry's classic "Copacabana."
"I interviewed Barry Manilow yesterday. To say I was excited is an understatement. Bob and Brian keep making fun of me and how fast I talked but... WHATEVER, BOYS. I was fangirling out and I am not ashamed. Good stuff here about his career, who he’d love to collaborate with, the strangest place he’s written a song, living in a jingle-less world and if he’d ever retire a popular song from his set list." - Lauren Beckham Falcone
Barry Manilow has a new album coming out called "NIGHT SONGS II" (it will be out on 2/14) and Thursday, Barry called into the Morning Breeze and talked to Jack and Carolyn about his new album (among many other things)!
The new collection is filled with intimate standards which highlight Manilow’s unique gift as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook. "My Funny Valentine,""Everything Happens To Me," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Meditation," "She Was Too Good To Me" and "I Had The Craziest Dream" are just some of the songs featured on the album.
"Like 'Night Songs,' this album is filled with great, great songwriting by some of the most talented songwriters ever to put pen to paper," Manilow said. "As the art of writing melodies and emotional lyrics begins to disappear, songs like these mean more to me than they ever have. Once again, the album is very intimate. Just me singing and playing piano as if I was in your living room."
This special release is available now for pre-order exclusively at Manilow's online store, ShopManilow.com, and can be purchased as a CD, LP, or a Collector's Edition box set (which also includes a Valentine’s Day card).
Barry also returns to his award-winning residency in Las Vegas, MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home!, on February 13th with more than 50 performances scheduled in 2020 at the historic Las Vegas Westgate International Theater. Tickets can be purchased at: https://barrymanilow.com/tickets.
Barry talked about his new album Night Songs II, his Vegas residency and two of his favorite Barry Manilow songs, and discussed the need for musical instruments in schools and his charity. He also revealed a possible Barry Manilow biopic movie in the works!
Barry has released his new album, "NIGHT SONGS II", the follow-up to his critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album, "Night Songs". The new collection is filled with intimate standards which highlight Manilow’s unique gift as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook. "My Funny Valentine," "Everything Happens To Me," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Meditation," "She Was Too Good To Me" and "I Had The Craziest Dream" are just some of the songs featured on the album. This special release is available now Manilow's online store, ShopManilow.com, and can be purchased as a CD, LP, or a Collector's Edition box set. Barry returned to his award-winning residency in Las Vegas, MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home!, on February 13th with more than 50 performances scheduled in 2020 at the historic Las Vegas Westgate International Theater. Tickets can be purchased at: https://barrymanilow.com/tickets
Barry's on the telly this week! Keep your eyes out for 'Good Morning Britain' on ITV 1 tomorrow morning from 6-9 AM GMT. Barry will be live discussing his upcoming UK tour and the new album. For tickets to MANILOW UK 2020 head to: barrymanilow.com/tickets-uk.
A special one-night only return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show is bringing together some of the biggest names in entertainment (live from their homes!) to benefit The Actors Fund in order to provide aid during the coronavirus outbreak. Scheduled to appear, in alphabetical order: Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Lorin Latarro, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley and more!
Barry Manilow -- Rosie O'Donnell's final guest during the 3.5-hour fundraiser -- performed a mini-medley of "Daybreak," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana" with Rosie, then concluded with "I Made It Through The Rain."
Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry has been hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus. Barry Manilow's extended engagement in Las Vegas has been put on hold for now. He had 50 dates planned. He said, "They have canceled everything in Las Vegas. The only thing we have to fight this thing is to stop and stay home." In the meantime, Manilow is promoting his newest creation, "Night Songs II." He calls it, and its predecessor, "Night Songs," personal albums for him...
Barry Manilow's career spans five decades, multiple genres and more hits than most artists would know what to do with. The legendary singer sat down with Pandora to reflect on some of his biggest recordings -- "Could It Be Magic," "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" — as well as tracks from his latest classic-covers album, Night Songs II ("Everything Happens To Me," "My Funny Valentine"). Hear him share everything from how he scored an accidental disco smash to his unlikely comparison to Bob Dylan, all in his sly sense of humor. Also features: "Weekend In New England," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (At The Copa)." CLICK HERE to listen on Pandora.
Tune in to Ken Bruce this Thursday (28 May) from 11am BST on BBC Radio 2 to hear Barry perform "When The Good Times Come Again" and a medley of hits! Ken has live music from Barry Manilow as part of Radio 2 House Music. He'll be singing his brand new single as well as a medley of his greatest hits. The American superstar's career has spanned more than fifty years. His hit recordings include "Could It Be Magic", "Mandy", "I Write The Songs", "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana". 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. Barry has sold more than 75 million records as a solo artist worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists.
Barry Manilow performs his new single, "When The Good Times Come Again," from his home, exclusively for Radio 2 House Music and the Ken Bruce Show.
Barry Manilow performs a medley of his hits (Can't Smile Without You, Copacabana, Looks Like We Made It, Mandy, I Write The Songs) from his home, exclusively for Radio 2 House Music and the Ken Bruce Show.
When Barry called in to Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 two weeks ago he sang "When The Good Times Come Again" and a Hits Medley. After the call went off air, Barry stayed on the line so BBC Radio 2 could record him singing one more song live. Tune in to Ken Bruce on Tuesday 09 June to hear the extra song!
Beyoncé chooses the Tracks of My Years in an interview first broadcast in 2009 plus an exclusive track from Barry Manilow taken from his recent Radio 2 House Music session ("I Made It Through The Rain").
Barry will be calling in live to the following SiriusXM programs Monday morning (June 15): (1) Radio Andy with Andy Cohen on Channel 102 at 7:30am EDT; (2) Today Show Radio with Hoda Kotb on Channel 108 at 8:00am EDT; (3) VOLUME Radio with Nik and Lori about the resurgent popularity of "When The Good Times Come Again"
Listen today at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET as Barry takes over Andy Cohen’s Pride Radio as a guest DJ, only on SiriusXM Channel 102!
Barry Manilow's song selections: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester / Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John Band / Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman / Do You Want To Dance - Bette Midler / Vogue - Madonna / Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! featuring George Michael / Born This Way - Lady Gaga / I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - Alicia Bridges / Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy (Live from The Judy Garland Show, October 1963) - Barbra Streisand & Judy Garland / Y.M.C.A. - Village People / What Have I Done To Deserve This - Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield / No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand / I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross / Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland / Proud - Heather Small
“Putting yourself out there in a vulnerable way is scary, but it’s how I’ve connected with people all of these years.” Barry Manilow explores his extraordinary career, and his new COVID-era hit, “When the Good Times Come Again.” On SiriusXM: https://siriusxm.us/LF-BarryManilow
Tune in to @CNN on July 4th at 8pm ET for a special performance from Barry! CNN's The Fourth in America will stream live for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage and via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo.
Broadcast included Barry's performance of "When The Good Times Come Again"
Barry Manilow joined hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley for Stars In The House episode #179: Save The Arts, Part 3. Barry talked about song arranging, the 'hook', Harmony-The Musical, The Happy Fellow, and 'Mandy'. Barry reminisced with another guest, Melissa Manchester, about the 'old days'. Barry performed bits of his hit songs Could It Be Magic, Copacabana, I Write The Songs, Can't Smile Without You and (by special request from Melissa) Daybreak.
Barry Manilow joins the show talking about the release of his new album “Night Songs II” which was released earlier this year.
Barry on 'Night Songs II' during this COVID-19 age: "Speaking of these days, everybody's so tense and afraid and uptight. One of the good things about having an album like this is that when you put it on, I think everybody will relax just for 11 songs, or they'll just calm down. That's what I think it's going to do for the listener. That's what I hope it does."
The biennial event, which is dedicated to raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and Children's Diabetes Foundation, will stream exclusively on PEOPLE. You can also stream the event on PeopleTV, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
This marks the first time in the event's history that the Carousel of Hope Ball will be available for public viewing. This year's event -- which is in partnership with PEOPLE -- will celebrate two very significant occasions: Davis' 90th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. This year's event will feature Jay Leno as master of ceremonies and David Foster as music director, George Schlatter as honorary producer, and Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as music chairmen. There will also be special appearances by many of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Tony Bennett, Dame Joan Collins, Robert De Niro, Josh Groban, Quincy Jones, Adam Lambert, Rob Lowe, Barry Manilow, Diane Warren, Dionne Warwick and many more! To Donate to the Children's Diabetes Foundation click here. For more information regarding the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Carousel of Hope Ball, visit ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org or BarbaraDavisCenter.org.
Barry performed "One Voice" with the One Voice Singers!
Barry made a special appearance on the Folksbiene Chanukah Spectacular (singing “Oh Hanukkah” in Yiddish!) to support the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene where Harmony The Musical Official will be playing next year. Watch the playback HERE and support the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre!
Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and actor, 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).” He recorded and released 51 Top 40 singles on the Adult Contemporary Chart, including 13 that hit number one, 28 appeared within the top ten, and 36 in the top twenty. Manilow has released 13 platinum and six multi-platinum albums. 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 85 million records as a solo artist worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists.
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