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One of the most influential artists of our time, Barry Manilow is loved and adored all over the world. Over the span of his career, he has sold more then 75 million albums worldwide and his concerts sell out wherever he goes. Manilow has been ranked by both Billboard and R&R magazine as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time. A household name, Manilow has remained popular throughout the years, despite a down point in his career during the 1990s.
Born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York, on June 17, 1943. He first got into music at age seven, where he played both the accordion and the piano. He would later attend the Julliard School of Music, and while there he wrote the score for the successful off-Broadway musical The Drunkard. For several years following his graduation from Julliard, Manilow worked a variety of jobs, including writing jingles for a number of companies. He also acted as the musical director for the WCBS series Callback and as conductor for Ed Sullivan.
In 1971, Manilow began a working relationship with Bette Midler, working first as a pianist and later as a collaborator on her first two albums, The Divine Miss M and Bette Midler. During this time, his first label, Bell Records, released his first album, Barry Manilow, along with the breakout hit "Mandy." Reaching number 28 on the charts, it was an indicator of good things to come in Manilow's career. Through 1982, Manilow continued putting out hits, including "The Old Songs," "Copacabana" and "I Don't Want To Walk Without You," along with six top 20 albums.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Barry Manilow's success was mixed. His albums began to be less chart-topping, with works such as Manilow, Swing Street, and Barry Manilow reaching only numbers 40, 70, and 64 respectively. On the other hand, the 1980s saw Manilow gain immense popularity as a touring performer, both in the United Kingdom and the United States. He sold out the U.K.'s Royal Albert Hall five times and at least once at Wembley Arena and Blemheim Palace. Back in the U.S., a ten-night stretch of Barry Manilow concerts brought sold out crowds to Radio City Music Hall. During this period, he would often work with Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, and Dionne Warwick. Also during this time, he changed the type of music he played, first to jazz and blues with 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, and in the '90s to cover music.
While Barry Manilow on tour always drew audiences during this time, it took almost fifteen years for his albums to return to commercial success. Over the past couple years, Manilow has been quite busy. In 2006, he released The Greatest Songs of the Fifties; this greatest hits album debuted at number one and was his first number one album since Barry Manilow Live in 1977. Also during 2006, Manilow received an Emmy Award for a performance of his that was aired on PBS entitled Manilow: Music and Passion; the Music and Passion performance took place in Las Vegas. After receiving the Emmy Award for this performance, Manilow released a second album, The Greatest Hits of the Sixties. His latest album is The Greatest Love Songs of all Time, released in 2010.