Barry Manilow Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


1st April 2017

Fact: Barry Manilow will pick up the Icon Award at this year's (17) Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) gala in Beverly Hills. The entertainer will be honoured at next month's (May17) 65th annual BMI Pop Awards. The Copacabana and Could It Be Magic hitmaker is joining the ranks of previous Icon Award recipients including Sting, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Carole King, and Willie Nelson.


23rd July 2014

Tweet: "Broadway lost one of the great talents of the stage last week. Elaine Stritch was one of a kind. We'll miss you." Barry Manilow honours his late pal, who died last Thursday (17Jul14).


12th July 2013

Quote: "Thanks to everyone in Utah who supported the Manilow Music Project! Here are some of the instruments that have been donated... Keep them coming!" Barry Manilow shares a photograph on Facebook.com of the items he collected from fans at a show in Utah to donate to local education facilities through his scheme, the Manilow Music Project.


6th June 2013

Fact: Barry Manilow is among the stars who will perform during America's Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C. on 4 July (13). Glee's Darren Criss, country singer Scotty MCCreery and a host of Broadway stars will join composer John Williams, who will conduct music from Oscar-winning movie Lincoln, for the concert on the National Mall.


17th April 2013

Fact: Veteran crooner Barry Manilow sent the cast and crew of Broadway's Cinderella a collection of cupcakes after a migraine forced him to exit the who early on Saturday (13Apr13). Apologising for not sticking around to the end, Manilow insisted he enjoyed what he was able to see, reports the New York Daily News.


24th January 2013

Quote: "There's Adele, I think she's doing great work and I'm crazy about Lady Gaga, I think she's the real deal, I really do... There's a style of music that I'm crazy about called electronica. Reporters, they say, 'You? Electronic?' It's kind of a hip kind of style, but I like it." Veteran entertainer Barry Manilow has an eclectic collection of songs on his iPod.


24th January 2013

Quote: "When I wrote that 35 years ago, they paid me $500 for that. That's it, they buy you out! Who knew it was gonna last 35 years? I was happy to get it." Crooner Barry Manilow was paid a pittance for his State Farm Insurance jingle, which is still used in the American firm's ads today.


1st November 2012

Quote: "I don't like food. I don't like to eat. I have people who don't understand it... I just don't like to eat.... when food is great, I understand why people love it, but I just do it so I don't fall down in a faint or something." Singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is not a foodie.


22nd October 2012

Fact: Singer Barry Manilow is heading back to Broadway next year (13) to headline a series of shows at the St. James Theatre. The Grammy winner will play a total of 17 concerts, beginning on 18 January (13).


19th April 2012

Quote: "This is a sad day. He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now." Singer Barry Manilow mourns the loss of his pal Dick Clark, who died after a heart attack on Wednesday (18Apr12).


20th October 2011

Quote: "I took it out of the show for a while as it got crazy. One time there was a woman who had my face on her T-shirt and I know she wasn't wearing a bra as when I was singing this song my eyes were winking at me!" Veteran entertainer Barry Manilow is wary of bringing fans onstage during his shows after one saucy encounter.


24th June 2011

Quote: "I discovered Facebook and what I like about it is... my brand new album, I get immediate feedback. That was very important. It's never happened like that before." Barry Manilow is a new-found fan of the social networking site.


24th June 2011

Quote: "Never. I've been in love but I'm lucky enough never to have had my heart broken. The nearest I got was with Bagel, my first beagle (dog)." Barry Manilow insists he's never been heartbroken.


24th June 2011

Quote: "There's nobody like her. She was way ahead of Lady GaGa and Madonna and all these gals who broke the rules. She was funny." Barry Manilow heaps praise on veteran performer Bette Midler.


6th June 2011

Quote: "I wrote a lot of those in those days. I got $500. They buy you out. And, in those days, I was happy to get the $500." Barry Manilow on writing top U.S. insurance company State Farm's catchy jingle: 'Like a good neighbour, State Farm is there'"


2nd November 2010

Quote: "The top of the line for me was doing a duet on a song that I wrote with Barbra Streisand (I Won't Be the One to Let Go). I would have to really think hard (to top that). Maybe Lady Gaga, who I think is wonderful." Veteran crooner Barry Manilow on his top choice for a pop duet.


1st December 2009

Quote: "I don't consider myself a good singer, I consider myself a musician who communicates." Veteran crooner Barry Manilow reinvents his job title.


10th October 2009

Fact: Veteran crooner Barry Manilow will join Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and Sting in the race for a festive number one - the singer is releasing a Christmas album. In The Swing of Christmas will feature traditional tunes like Silver Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.


9th June 2009

Fact: Barry Manilow will make his only U.K. performance of 2009 at the BBC Proms in London's Hyde Park on 12 September (09).


17th October 2008

Fact: Barry Manilow has recorded a version of RICK ASTLEY's cheesy 1987 hit NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP for inclusion on his upcoming album THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES.


23rd September 2008

Quote: "Now and again I get a shock of realisation that I'm standing on the same stage that he stood on; that I'm dressing in the same dressing room he used. Sometimes I get an irresistible urge to wiggle my hips." Barry Manilow is thrilled to be performing at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Elvis Presley once performed.


13th June 2008

Quote: "I had a crush on Barry Manilow... I was very little and I used to kiss the screen when he would come on TV." Janet Jackson.


8th April 2008

Fact: Barry Manilow is to donate $500,000 (GBP250,000) worth of Yamaha musical instruments and sheet music to schools in the Coachella Valley area of California.


18th February 2008

Quote: "I'd love to do a duet with Johnny Depp." Barry Manilow is thrilled by news Depp would be interested in recording with him.


13th November 2007

Quote: "There's a line that I've drawn about my personal life. Everyone's invited into my music, but you can't come into my personal life unless I invite you in." Barry Manilow likes to keep his private life under wraps.


9th September 2007

Fact: Barry Manilow has teamed up with pianist MATT HERSKOWITZ to record an album of jazzy Christmas tunes, called IN THE SWING OF CHRISTMAS.


2nd July 2007

Fact: The bosses of legendary New York City nightclub the Copacabana, the subject of Barry Manilow's 1978 hit of the same name, closed the venue's doors after 66 years on Sunday (01Jul07).


2nd November 2006

Fact: Barry Manilow had doctors play music from Cher when he was in hospital for his recent hip surgery.


25th October 2006

Fact: Barry Manilow has smashed album sale records on US shopping channel QVC by selling more copies of his new album THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIES in one hour than any other album in the 20 year history of the network


28th July 2006

Quote: "I don't know what he sings, but he's sexy." Paris Hilton insists COPACABANA singer Barry Manilow is one of her favourite musicians - just don't ask her to name any of his songs.


17th July 2006

Fact: Councillors in Sydney Australia are using Barry Manilow and Doris Day music to drive away late night revellers. Deputy Mayor BILL SARAVINOVSKI says, "Barry's our secret weapon."


10th July 2006

Quote: "It's been so long since I was nominated for anything that I don't even know if my tuxedo fits anymore... I won an Emmy for the Best Special of The Year back in 1821." Barry Manilow jokes about his Emmy nomination for TV special MANILOW: MUSIC + PASSION LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS. He won his only Emmy in 1977.


19th February 2006

Quote: <p>"I hate everybody. I hate everything and I don't think there's many good songs about." Barry Manilow admits he's turned into a grumpy old man. </p>


7th February 2006

Fact: <p>Music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Awards party will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio's Grammy Radio station tonight (07JAN06). This year, party performers include Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson and Barry Manilow. </p>


16th December 2005

Fact: <p>Crooner Barry Manilow is going back in time by recording the hits of the 1950s. The COPACABANA singer's new album, GREATEST HITS OF THE '50S, will feature Bobby Darin's Beyond The Sea and standard YOUNG AT HEART among other tunes. </p>


14th November 2005

Quote: <p>"She is great. She deserves everything that she gets. She is a wonderful musician, as beautiful as they come and a great singer." Barry Manilow raves about the new 'female him' Alicia Keys. </p>


27th October 2005

Quote: <p>"When I met him he was 27 and I was 22, and now he's 51 and I'm 60... I don't know how he did it." BETTER MIDLER jokes about the increasing age gap between her and longtime pal Barry Manilow. </p>


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