Barry Manilow is a prolific American singer, composer, performer, songwriter, and arranger, having a prolific career that has spanned over 50 years. His hit records have included” Could It Be Magic”, “I Write The Songs”,” Copacabana” and “Mandy”. His musical interests include composing music for television, films, commercials, and TV shows. He has also won several Grammies including seven for his record “I Love New York”. Other genres of music from which he has made popular include pop, gospel, jazz, classical, blues, metal, and alternative music.
It was whilst performing in New York at the height of his career which Manilow discovered the musical genre that would become known as “brooklyn style.” This was a mixture of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, folk and bebop, and even jazz. Barry Manilow then went on to form the band King Records with their guitarist nicknamed Bucket. After a spell with King Records, he began to develop a reputation for being a very innovative and skilled arranger. His innovative use of loops, synthesizers, amplifiers, and drum machines has laid the ground work for what would become popular music genres such as hip hop, rap, dance, techno, and even jazz.
Barry Manilow Measurements
|6’ 0”/ 1.83 m
|63 kg/138.89 lbs
A similar move which led to Manilow’s formation of Bucket and band was his decision to leave King Records to pursue a career as a music director. Following his appointment as music director for a number of successful albums by artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Chic, and many others, Manilow received a telephone call from Warner Bros. regarding a possible career in music directing. He left immediately and pursued his new dream.
When interviewed by Playboy magazine following his first album with Sussman and Manilow (Barrytown), Manilow said of his music: “If it’s bad, it’s no good – if it’s good, it’s great!” Although his first album for Sussman, The Shower, failed to chart, Barry Manilow would return to the studio with The Whammy Bar as his second major hit. In the album’s lead-off “Whammy Bar,” Manilow crooned over a tough beat, featuring unusual vocal techniques that remain prominent in his songs well into the future.
One of the highlights of Barry Manilow’s career was the songwriting for the movie Finding Nemo, which featured him alongside fellow country star Reba. Another memorable Manilow recording was his instrumental cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”, a track that became a worldwide hit. As his career progressed, Manilow was able to put out an enormous twelve full-length albums, which included some specials and one holiday album. While his first two albums had hit singles, the biggest hits of his career were The Whammy Bar and “Hurt.”
Though the Whammy Bar remains his most well-known and least controversial record, it is actually just a part of a long and impressive discography. “Hurt” is also widely regarded as one of the best songs of all time, even though it received only moderate attention upon its release. A notable track from The Whammy Bar was “redits,” which featured contributions from David Bowie and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Over the years, Barry Manilow has added a large number of guest stars to his sound, ranging from Paul McCartney to Rod Stewart and David Gilmour.