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Barry Manilow: A Living Legend

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Barry Manilow is an American singer and also songwriter; he is widely recognized especially for his hit records “I Write The Songs”, “Copacabana” and “Mandy”. His real name is Barry Alan Pincus and he was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 17th, 1943. The extasis of his career was during the 70’s when he dominated the scenes of the soft rock and won multi platinum records. He is considered as the showman of that generation, according to the Rolling Stone. Even when Manilow was strongly critiqued he had a large fan base especially during the baby boom in the US.

The record label of Barry (Arista) said that he was 29 years old when he was really 32. This was made to focus his discs to the teens. Very fast in his career he was a commercial singer and songwriter. He wrote the theme for State Farm Insurance (Like a Good neighbor, State Farm is There) and the “Stuck on Band Aid”. After that he worked as pianist, producer and arranger with Bette Midler among others at the Continental Bathhouse in NY.

In 1973 the recording company Bell (Arista) released his first album entitled “Barry Manilow I” and one year later he launched “Barry Manilow II” which contains the single “Mandy” that later became in one of his hit songs. During the 70’s and the 80’s he reached the top of his career and on the 2003 after some legal problems and financial difficulties he opened a show in Las Vegas, NV.

Manilow participated in two movies and co wrote the music style of several animated films like “Oliver and Company” and “Thumbelina” among others. During his career Barry has released 33 albums. Some of those records have reached the highest positions in several charts.

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