Barry Alan Pincus was born on June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, as a child his name was legally changed to Barry Manilow who in childhood began playing the accordion and piano and after graduating from high school would attend the famed Juilliard School of music and become a successful commercial jingle writer/singer before achieving fame as a recording star.
Accompanying Bette Midler and others would lead to a recording contract of his own and topping the Hit Parade with “Mandy” in the mid 1970’s. “It’s A Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic” and his second #1 single, “I Write the Songs” would follow. In 1976, “Tryin’ To Get the Feeling Again,” “This Ones for You” and “Weekend in New England” kept his hit streak going before again his “Looks Like We Made It” topped the charts.
In 1978 additional gold came from “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana” and “Somewhere In the Night,” with “ Ships” and “I Made it Through the Rain” million sellers too. “Daybreak,” “Even Now,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” “Old Songs” and “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You” were among Barry’s other hit singles.
Barry’s albums continue to top the best seller listings, with Las Vegas appearances sold out far in advance.
Barry Manilow is an international superstar with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
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