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Also Known As: Barry Alan Pincus Died:
Born: June 17, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: songwriter, musician, singer, arranger, musical conductor, CBS mailroom attendant, brewery worker

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An immensely talented singer-musician, Barry Manilow trained at Juilliard before creating several endlessly lucrative jingles for such companies as State Farm and Band-Aid. After accompanying Bette Midler during her famous bathhouse sets, he produced her first two albums, and also began longtime professional friendships with Clive Davis and Dick Clark, gifting the latter with "It's Just another New Year's Eve" and a new version of "Bandstand Boogie." Manilow embarked on his own successful solo career with his 1973 debut album, which included the future Donna Summer single "Could it Be Magic," and he would go on to notch the hit ballads "Mandy," "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Ready To Take a Chance Again" and his most iconic smash, the upbeat, infectious "Copacabana." Frequently mocked for his middle-of-the-road persona and soft-focus music as well as his ambiguous sexuality, Manilow displayed a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor, and embarked on multiple successful international tours. He contributed a song to "Oliver & Company" (1988), co-wrote the scores for the animated films "Thumbelina" (1994) and "The...

An immensely talented singer-musician, Barry Manilow trained at Juilliard before creating several endlessly lucrative jingles for such companies as State Farm and Band-Aid. After accompanying Bette Midler during her famous bathhouse sets, he produced her first two albums, and also began longtime professional friendships with Clive Davis and Dick Clark, gifting the latter with "It's Just another New Year's Eve" and a new version of "Bandstand Boogie." Manilow embarked on his own successful solo career with his 1973 debut album, which included the future Donna Summer single "Could it Be Magic," and he would go on to notch the hit ballads "Mandy," "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Ready To Take a Chance Again" and his most iconic smash, the upbeat, infectious "Copacabana." Frequently mocked for his middle-of-the-road persona and soft-focus music as well as his ambiguous sexuality, Manilow displayed a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor, and embarked on multiple successful international tours. He contributed a song to "Oliver & Company" (1988), co-wrote the scores for the animated films "Thumbelina" (1994) and "The Pebble and the Penguin" (1995), and co-wrote several live-action musicals. An Emmy winner, Manilow topped the Billboard album charts for the first time with 2006's The Greatest Songs of the Fifties and booked long-running stints in Las Vegas and on "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). Self-aware of his campy but inescapable appeal, Barry Manilow achieved international fame as a much-loved superstar.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Copacabana (1985) Tony Starr
3.
 ABC's Christmas in Aspen (2002) Featuring
4.
 Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2001) Interviewee
6.
 Manilow Live! (2000)
8.
 Manilow Country (2000)
9.
 ABC 2000 (1999)
10.
 Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Somers (1998) Interviewee
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As a child made first recording at the Times Square Record-Your-Own-Voice; included it on [title of album-- One Voice?]
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At age 12, penned song "Ain't Got a Nickel, Ain't Got a Dime"
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Changed name to Barry Manilow at age 13
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After high school, obtained job in the mailroom at CBS; met future collaborator Marty Panzer
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Wrote the score for the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Drunkard"
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Began playing piano for cabaret performers, including Jeanne Lucas
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With Lucas, formed an act; opened for Joan Rivers at Downstairs at the Upstairs
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Served as music director for the locally produced TV show "Callback!"
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Made recording debut as vocalist for the group Featherbed, produced by Tony Orlando
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Played piano for Bette Midler at the Continental Baths in NYC
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Served as co-producer and arranger on Midler's first two albums
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Signed by Bell Records (later Arista) to make solo debut
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Toured with Midler as her musical director; opened second half of her show by singing three numbers
1974:
Headlined solo tour following release of "Mandy", his first hit single
1977:
Starred in first network TV variety program "The Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)
1978:
Healined "The Second Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)
1978:
Recorded "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from the film "Foul Play"
1979:
Starred in "The Third Barry Manilow Special" (ABC)
1980:
Fourth ABC variety program, "One Voice"
1981:
Made cable debut with Showtime program "The Barry Manilow Special"
1981:
His "In the Round" world tour set box-office records in the United Kingdom and elsewhere
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Toured Japan and Australia in "Around the World in 80 Dates"
1984:
Released jazz vocal album "2:00 AM at the Paradise Cafe"
1985:
First recording on RCA, "Manilow"
1985:
Made TV acting debut in "Copacabana" (CBS), based on his hit song
1987:
Returned to Arista Records; released "Swing Street"
1987:
Headlined the CBS special "Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street"
1989:
Starred on Broadway in "Barry Manilow at the Gershwin"
1994:
Co-wrote the songs for the animated "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina"
1994:
Wrote the score for the stage production "Copacabana - The Musical"
1995:
Collaborated on the song score for the animated film "The Pebble and the Penguin"
1997:
Premiered "Harmony", a musical about the Comedian Harmonists at the La Jolla Playhouse
2000:
Left Arista Records for Concord Records, a jazz-oriented label in California
2002:
Portrayed himself in the comedy "Unconditional Love," in which Manilow's hit "Can't Smile Without You" plays a key role in the plot
2004:
Released both a live album, <i>2 Nights Live!</i> and a soundtrack album of his musicals <i>Scores</i>
2004:
Appeared as a guest judge for the fox reality show "American Idol"
2005:
Signed a deal to perform his "Music and Passion" show at the Las Vegas Hilton through 2008
2008:
Earned a Grammy nomination for his album <i>In The Swing Of Christmas</i>
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -
New York College of Music: New York , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
Eastern District High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1961

Notes

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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wife:
Susan Manilow. Met in high school; divorced.
companion:
Linda Allen. Had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1960s.

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grandfather:
Joseph Manilow. Helped to raise him.
grandmother:
Esther Manilow. Helped to raise him.
father:
Harold Kelliher.
mother:
Edna Manilow. Died in 1994.
step-father:
William Murphy.
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"Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise"

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