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Barry Manilow

Born Barry Alan Pincus on 6/17/46 in Brooklyn, NY. Pop singer/songwriter/pianist.

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  • Dec 13, 2010
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I don't really know why, but I've always enjoyed listening to Barry Manilow.
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Name at birth: Barry Alan Pincus

One of the most successful stars of adult contemporary pop, singer and piano player Barry Manilow had more than two dozen hits between 1974 and 1983. Manilow attended the Julliard School of Music and then began working as a pianist (and later music director) for singer Bette Midler. Manilow's first hit single, "Mandy," was #1 on the charts in 1974; it was the first of a string of two dozen hit singles, including "Weekend In New England," "Copacabana," "I Write the Songs" and "Can't Smile Without You." Critics claimed Manilow was excessively sentimental or even schmaltzy -- the very same traits his fans love. He continued to tour and record throughout the 1980s and 1990s, though without the vast success of his first decade as a solo artist. His career took an upturn in 2002 after the release of a greatest hits compilation, and in 2005 Manilow began a long-running stage show, "Music and Passion," at the Las Vegas Hilton. He won a 2006 Emmy for a primetime TV special, Barry Manilow: Music and Passion, and released an album of re-worked standards, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties. The record was his biggest hit in nearly two decades, and he followed up in late 2006 with The Greatest Songs of the Sixties.


Manilow wrote the well-known "State Farm is there" jingle for State Farm insurance... Manilow has claimed a birth year of 1946, but most sources indicate he ...

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