Barry Manilow has had a career spanning over 50 years, as a singer, songwriter, arranger, musician and producer. He’s sold more than 80 million records worldwide, and produced massive hits like Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You and Copacabana (At the Copa), but what don’t you know about him? Here are some lesser known facts…
- He used to be scared of touring.
It’s hard to believe that the superstar who’s set to play arenas around the UK this Autumn used to be worried about getting up and talking to the audience. After Mandy went to number one, and propelled Manilow into the spotlight he was expected to do a tour, he said he felt unprepared and awkward, but audiences loved him.
- His birth name is Barry Alan Pincus.
Manilow is his mother’s maiden name, which he adopted at around the time of his bar mitzvah.
- His hit Copacabana inspired a musical television movie and three musicals.
- The first instrument he could play was the accordion.
As a child, Manilow learnt to play the accordion. However, according to him, there’s only so much you can do with an accordion. He has also brought it out, and played it to audiences whilst performing on previous tours.
- He’s produced and arranged albums for other artists.
The list includes Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick. He’s also written songs for musicals, films, and commercials – including singing for KFC, Pepsi, Doctor Pepper and McDonalds commercials.
Barry Manilow heads out on a UK tour in September, with special guests Collabro – if you want to see this legend live grab your tickets here.