Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr and then there was Manilow.
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This show at The Troubadour was just three weeks away from his fateful meeting with Dick Clark on March 22. Under Clark’s mentoring, Manilow would be a regular at American Bandstand and numerous other Dick Clark productions including American Music Awards and Clark’s New Year shows hosted at Times Square. Manilow’s television profile helped his career considerably.
Manilow’s showmanship is already on display here. He chatted freely and was comfortable with his audience. The songs flowed and Manilow was no slouch, singing pitch-perfect versions of his studio material live.
As taper of this concert, Scooter123, wrote in his notes: “Not exactly hard rock or slick guitar solos, but a first class singer songwriter and performer. He got his start in the mid-sixties writing jingles and iconic ads, such as State Farm Insurance (”Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there…”), Band-Aid (”I am stuck on Band-Aid, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me!”), Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and the famed McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today.”
Manilow was made for show business when he stepped into the spot vacated by older matinee idols like Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis. When his single Copacabana (At The Copa) was released in 1978, it peaked at No. 8 on Billboard but the song’s story about Lola, a showgirl, her lover bartender Tony and Rico, a Mafia boss was a big disco song and confirmed Manilow’s position as a showman bound for Las Vegas. Just listen to Manilow orchestrate his band and singers to do the Martha and the Vandellas medley that closes the concert. The man’s exuberance and musical knowledge make the whole thing work.
Although Scooter123 did not say what type of recording this is, it sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 01. It’s A Miracle* (10.5MB)
Track 02. I Want To Be Somebody’s Baby*/Her’s (10.2MB)
Track 03. One Of These Days (7.1MB)
Track 04. Greatest Hits Medley (Manilow’s jingles) (13.6MB)
Track 05. Trying To Get That Feeling Again (9.9MB)
Track 06. Avenue C* (7.8MB)
Track 07. Could It Be Magic (10.1MB)
Track 08. Friends (7.8MB)
Track 09. Mandy* (7.7MB)
Track 10. Martha and the Vandellas Medley (19.3MB)
*songs that came from his Manilow II album.
It was the song Mandy that brought attention to this young singer-songwriter. Found on his second album, Barry Manilow II, it stormed up the charts and woke other singers to his songs. Buy it here.
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