Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

Pop Singer

Barry Manilow is an American singer and songwriter with a career that spans seven decades. His hit recordings include "Could It Be Magic", "Somewhere Down the Road", "Mandy", "I Write the Songs", "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana".

Full Name
Jun 17, 1943
6′ 0″
Net Worth


Barry Manilow was born on June 17, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York. He is an American singer-songwriter and producer best known for his hit singles such as “Mandy” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).”

    As a child, Manilow was inspired by traditional pop music and jazz. He started playing the piano at age seven and went on to study music composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After graduating in 1965, he started working as an arranger for Bette Midler’s stage show. During this time, he also wrote jingles for radio commercials, which helped him gain recognition as a composer and producer.

    In 1973, Manilow released his self-titled debut album, which featured the single “Mandy.” The song quickly became a hit and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974. Manilow followed this success with several other Top 10 hits including “I Write the Songs” (1975), “Looks Like We Made It” (1977), and “Can't Smile Without You” (1978). Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Manilow continued to have major success with hit albums such as Even Now (1978) and One Voice (1979). 

    In 1985, Manilow appeared in his first concert special on HBO titled Barry Manilow Live! At The Gershwin. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to tour regularly while releasing new material. He even returned to Broadway in 2002 with a musical adaptation of his 1975 album Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again. In 2018, he announced that he will be embarking on a three-year farewell tour titled One Last Time! Tour starting January 2019 until April 2021.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1943</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Barry Manilow is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 17, 1943, Barry Manilow was born in Brooklyn, New York.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1964</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to Los Angeles</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow moves to Los Angeles and begins working as a commercial jingle writer.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1970</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Album Release</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow releases his first album, "Barry Manilow I". The album includes some of his most memorable hits such as “Mandy” and “Could It Be Magic”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Headlining Concerts</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow begins headlining large concerts throughout the United States.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Awards Win</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow wins two Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “The Old Songs”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Lifetime Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow receives a lifetime achievement award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Last Performance at Hollywood Bowl</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Manilow announces his last performance at the Hollywood Bowl before retiring from touring.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His Music is Memorable</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Barry Manilow has been creating memorable music for more than four decades. From his classic hits like "Mandy" and "Copacabana" to his newer tunes, his songwriting skills are second to none and his songs will remain timelessly beloved.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's Charitable</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Barry Manilow is a generous philanthropist who gives generously to many worthy causes. He has donated millions of dollars to charities such as The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Children’s Miracle Network and The Starlight Foundation.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Voice is Unforgettable</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Barry Manilow's voice is unforgettable. His smooth, warm vocals have been entertaining fans since the 70s and he continues to impress audiences with his timeless sound. </p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Recording Artist to Have a #1 Album in Each Decade</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Barry Manilow is the first recording artist to have a number one album in each decade since the 1970s.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Songwriter for Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before his own success, Barry Manilow wrote songs for Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, including hits like "Mandy" and "I Write the Songs".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Starred on Broadway</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1985, Barry Manilow starred in the musical Copacabana, which ran on Broadway for over 500 performances.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has His Own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Barry Manilow has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Awarded with a Diamond Record Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1977, Barry Manilow was awarded with a Diamond Record Award for having sold more than 10 million copies of his single "I Write The Songs".</p></div>


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