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Barry Manilow Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 June 1943New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameBarry Alan Pincus
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barry Manilow was born on June 17, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Barry Alan Pincus. He has been married to Garry Kief since 2014. He was previously married to Susan Deixler.

Spouse (2)

Garry Kief (2014 - present)
Susan Deixler (1964 - 6 January 1966) (annulled)

Trivia (25)

Born at 9:00am-EWT at Beth Moses Hospital, New York
Graduated from Eastern District High School in 1961
As a child, he was raised in the Williamsburg part of Brooklyn, New York.
Played piano for Bette Midler.
Son of Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus.
Wrote "Harmony", a play still traveling the nation in 2003
Still resides in New York City, but has a home in Los Angeles.
Curently (2004) resides in Palm Springs
Early in his career, he wrote advertising jingles for such clients as State Farm Insurance, McDonalds, Dr. Pepper soda and Stri-Dex anti-acne medicine.
Won a Special Tony Award in 1977.
Played the accordion as a child.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
"Looks Like We Made It" (written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings) charted in July 1977 knocking Shaun Cassidy's cover of "Da Doo Ron Ron" from the number one slot in the US.
Contrary to popular belief, his signature tune "I Write the Songs" was not written by him, but by (Beach Boy) Bruce Johnston. The song ousted the Bill Fries (C.W. McCall) hit "Convoy" from the US number one position in January 1976.
His first chart-topper "Mandy" (written by Scott English and Richard Kerr) was originally titled "Brandy." The song toppled Elton John's rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from the number one chart spot in January 1975.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Is a good friend of Donna Summer, who did a successful cover of his 1975 hit "Could it Be Magic".
Hospitalized on December 12, 2011 to have surgery for bursitis in his hips and to repair torn leg muscles.
Performed at A Capitol Fourth on July 4, 2013.
Touring the U.S. promoting his new album "Here at the Mayflower" [January 2002]
Performing at his own Vegas venue, Barry Manilow: Music and Passion [March 2005]
Currently appearing at the Las Vegas Hilton in "Music and Passion" [February 2005]
Began a new show at the Las Vegas Paris Hotel & Casino entitled "Manilow." [March 2010]
Currently on his One More Night...One Last Time tour. [October 2004]
Married partner of thirty years, Garry Kief [2014].

Personal Quotes (37)

I am a musician. My passion for music has obliterated everything in its path for my entire life. Whenever there was a choice between music and anything else, music won hands down every time. No one person or material thing could ever come close to the feeling I get when the music is right.
We went to see Britney Spears and I fell in love. She was singing to me, I know it. I'm so in love with her. I love her music, I do.
I didn't want to be treated like a 'star.' I fought it constantly, and I think I was rude.
Everybody has to find out: who are you? What do you believe in?
Misfits aren't misfits among other misfits.
I was the Justin Bieber of the '70s. Really, I was.
No one person or material thing could ever come close to the feeling I get when the music is right.
Every few years, I go back into all the songs and I update them so that it never sounds like an oldies show. If you come to the shows, they're full of muscle. 'Copacabana' sounds like it could have been released yesterday.
My hair was slicked down with a part. But that was before I discovered the blow-dryer. Now I'm fabulous.
Here's proof that if you live long enough, anything is possible.
For a Jewish guy, I've recorded a lot of Christmas albums.
Sneakers are not my thing.
Yeah, I'm old as the hills and you would think I'd be out to pasture someplace because I've done everything, but nothing has changed.
I love any opportunity I have to make music.
You know, when I did 'American Idol' the three times, I tried to tell these kids you have to tell the story of the lyric.
Touring is a young man's game, but after 30 years of it, I want to stay home.
My style of music is the great American songbook meets the pop world of the Seventies and Eighties.
My goal was always to be involved in music that would outlive me. And maybe that's actually happening.
The public needs to know - they need to know as much about atrial fibrillation as they do about cancer and diabetes.
'If I Should Love Again' - I was just so impressed with myself writing something like that. It wasn't a single and people didn't really know about it, but it's a beautiful song and that's part of what I'm loving.
Everything you say and do is having an impact on others.
I feel that after all those horrible reviews and jokes, I wasn't crazy all these years to stand up for the music I believe in. This album has proven that somewhere in the human race, the human heart is still racing and breaking and I am so grateful.
These days, with 'American Idol' and all the other reality shows, young people become famous overnight, and that can be very difficult to handle, the way photographers follow you around and study your every move.
To write a love song that might be able to make it on the radio, that is something that is terrifying to me. But I can definitely write a song about that chair over there. That I can do, but to sit and write a pop song out of the clear blue sky, that is very difficult and I admire the people that can do it.
You say something stupid and the next morning you're in the headlines.
'Tryin' to Get the Feeling' has been a revelation. I'd forgotten how powerful that was. I'd forgotten how deep I can crawl into that one, and maybe because I'm older it means even more.
What we hear now is great-sounding records with great-sounding grooves and loops. And the sound of these records is irresistible, but the craft of songwriting is just about over. That's why, whenever I get an opportunity to do an album full of standards, I jump at it because I miss it.
QVC has been very good to me.
I'm still hungry. I've still got a million ideas. I'm still strong and ready to create.
First of all, I've been having a wonderful run of luck with cover albums, songs I didn't write. I had five pop cover albums and two Christmas albums, and they were all very successful.
I believe in my writing.
There's just no quiet in Vegas.
Atrial fibrillation has been the low man on the totem pole and so we're just trying to get more visibility about this particular disease and how dangerous this could be.
I come from nowhere Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days Williamsburg is kind of a hip area, but when I grew up there, the taxi drivers wouldn't even go over the bridge, it was so dangerous.
Whenever there was a choice between music and anything else, music won hands down every time.
You can't possibly prepare for what happens to you the day you hit No. 1 and people treat you differently.
The shows at the Hilton are the most exciting shows I've ever done. The stage is huge, but the theater is intimate, so we can have a magnificent production and still connect with the audience.

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