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Barry Manilow

Born: 1943 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.
2.3 (46.47%) 102 votes

1943 – Manilow was born on June 17th in Brooklyn, New York to Harold Pincus and Edna Manilow.


1945 – His parents got divorced. Together with his mother, they lived in Brooklyn with his grandparents.


1956 – His surname was legally changed to Manilow, his mother’s maiden name.


1961 – Graduated from Eastern District High School.


1964 – Met a director at CBS who asked him to arrange some public domain songs for a musical adaptation of the melodrama The Drunkard. Instead, he wrote an entire original score. The musical became such a success that it ran for eight years.


         – Married his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler.


1966 – Divorced Susan Deixler on January 6th.


1972 – Barry met Bette Midler and became her music director, arranger and pianist. He co-produced and created arrangements for her first Grammy Award-winning album, "The Divine Miss M", as well as her second platinum album, "Bette Midler".


1974 – Began his own first solo tour and the release of "Mandy" started an unprecedented string of 25 consecutive Top 40 hits, including "Even Now", "This One’s for You", "Weekend in New England", "I Write the Songs" and "Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again". Four years later, five of Barry’s albums were on the charts at the same time, a record equaled only by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis.


1977 – ABC-TV presented Barry’s first network special on March 2nd, "The Barry Manilow Special", to an audience of 37 million. The show won the Emmy Award for "Best Special of the Year" and was followed a year later by his Home Box Office special, taped live in concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which was the first pay-TV show to seriously challenge network prime time specials in the ratings.


1978 – ABC followed the first special with "The Second Barry Manilow Special".


1979 – "The Third Barry Manilow Special" was released.


1980 – "One Voice" was released.


1981 – The Showtime cable TV network presented "The Barry Manilow Special" taped live at a sold-out concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.


         – Barry’s "Around The World In 80 Dates" tour included his first concert appearances in Japan and Australia. A tour highlight was the outdoor concert on the historic grounds of Blenheim Palace in England, which Barry refers to as one of the most significant events of his career. The tour concluded triumphantly with a gala charity concert at the Royal Festival Hall hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales.


1983 – His concert at Blenheim Palace was taped live before 50,000 enthusiastic fans in England.


1984 – Fulfilled a lifelong dream of recording an original collection of "saloon tunes" with a classic all-star jazz ensemble, including Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan and Shelly Mann in a dramatic departure. The "2:00 A.M. Paradise Café" album was universally heralded as his most important body of work.


1985 – Released "Manilow" for RCA Records, his first new studio album in three years, and made his acting debut in the CBS telefilm, "Copacabana", a forties era musical comedy based on his Grammy Award-winning song." Copacabana" was one of TV Guide’s "Top Ten Made-For-TV Movies" of the year.


1987 – Barry returned to Arista Records with the release of "Swing Street", an album he describes as "the kind of contemporary music the great artists who have been influenced by music would be making if they had the advantage of modern electronics.


1989 – Return to Broadway for "Barry Manilow at the Gershwin" was praised by critics and played to standing-room-only houses for eight weeks.


1990 – Marked the release of Barry’s first holiday album, "Because It’s Christmas". The album was certified Gold within two weeks of its release and was followed a year later with the companion home video.


1991 – Coincide with the release of "Showstoppers", Barry went on a nationwide tour with a Broadway-style show.


1992 – Arista Records released "Barry Manilow: The Complete Collection and Then Some", a four CD/cassette boxed set of Barry’s recordings, including 70 cuts, with 30 new songs and original demos of some of his Top 40 hits.


1993 – His father, Harry Pincus, died.


1994 – Barry returned to the studio in 1994 to record his 28th album, a salute to the "Big Bands," released by Arista Records.


         – Barry Manilow’s "Copacabana-The Musical" premiered in the U.K. in March, touring England’s provinces for four months before opening at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre on the June 23rd of March.


         – His mother, Edna Manilow died.


1995 – His "Greatest Hits Tour" began with a string of dates in the U.S. and a tour of Mexico, which included three standing-room-only performances at Mexico City’s National Auditorium.


1996 – He had a new series of concerts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.


         – Barry’s return to the time of his initial success with the release of his 29th album, "Summer of ’78".


1998 – Manilow’s 30th album, "Manilow Sings Sinatra", a tribute to the great songs that Frank Sinatra made famous, was released and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.



1999 – Barry recruited 30 studio musicians to add to his core band, and they played Barry’s greatest hits with an amazing live sound. The highlight was the Gay Men’s Health Center Benefit for AIDS care at Carnegie Hall.


2000 – Astounded the world by the musical magnitude in his tour "Manilow Live!". The tour featured Manilow and a 30-piece orchestra performing songs from his amazing catalog of music.


2001 – Barry’s theater career continued in June with the opening of "Could It Be Magic? – The Barry Manilow Songbook", a tribute to the composers who wrote the music that Barry has recorded and performed for many years. The musical revue world-premiered at the Mercury Theater in Chicago.


2002 – Performed "Let Freedom Ring" during the Super Bowl XXXVI Pre-Game Show at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3rd.


         – Inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 33rd Annual ceremony in June, appeared with the Boston Pops during the city’s Fourth of July Celebration, and recorded "I Won’t Be The One To Let Go" with Barbra Streisand for her Duets album.


         – Released his second holiday album A Christmas Gift Of Love in November for Sony Music, and finished the year with appearances at the 70th celebration of the world’s most famous Christmas tree during Christmas in Rockefeller Center on NBC-TV and a Christmas in Aspen TV Special on ABC-TV.


2003 – Performed at the Evening Under The Stars benefit in Palm Springs and the 5th Annual White Tie & Tiara Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Society of Singers presented Barry with the 12th Annual ELLA Award.


2004 – His songs were the theme on American Idol where Barry appeared as guest judge, then performed "Let Freedom Ring" on the results show with seven remaining Season 3 Idol finalists.


2005 – Found a new home at the Las Vegas Hilton, signing an exclusive long-term deal to debut his show "Manilow: Music and Passion" in February.


         – Reunited with Bette Midler, producing Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, Bette’s 2005 tribute to the one of the great female jazz vocal stylists of all-time, Peggy Lee.


2006 – Released The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties, marking his return to Arista Records and reunion with Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman and CEO, Clive Davis in January. The CD/DualDisc debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums; it was the first time in 29 years (since Barry Manilow Live in 1977) that Barry topped the U.S. pop chart.


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2.3 (46.47%) 102 votes