January 25, 2013 – 2:48 am

Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr and then there was Manilow.

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Los Angeles 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, Feb 25, 1975. Unknown recording but sounds like a stereo soundboard.

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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  1. 13 Responses to “SHOW BIZ KIDS”

  2. Not really a Barry Manilow fan so this came as a surprise to me to hear how much the opening 7 or 8 piano chords of track 7 [ Could it be Magic] sound like Elton John`s “uneral for a Friend ” right when the piano comes in late in the intro.

    By sluggo on Jan 25, 2013

  3. Great share. If you were old enough in the 1970’s to listen to AM radio, Mandy and many other hits of Barry Manilow were impossible not to hear.

    By JALtheImpaler on Jan 25, 2013

  4. MP3 224 kbps. JAL his songs were impossible not to hear. That can be taken two ways. The women singing here were absolutely great and deserve credit. It sounds like at least 2 deserved individual stardom.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 25, 2013

  5. Yes, I like Jimi 7 Janis, but, I danced an awful lot to the Copa! have a nice day, jimg

    By jimg on Jan 25, 2013

  6. Barry are you for real I think he S*CKS but the Big O puts all sorts of things up here for everyone & I’m glad he doe’s If you like things that I don’t that is fine as well who the heck am I to tell any one person what to listen to.

    By S J Yeaton on Jan 26, 2013

  7. Manilow just had to postpone some shows due to bronchitis,per MSNBC for those who might be fans and bought tickets.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 26, 2013

  8. …of course, it is apparently a-ok to lip-synch now, just as it is ok to read off of teleprompters…

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 26, 2013

  9. lip synching I have a problem with but teleprompters no.
    I have sen Lucinda williams use a music stand with her lyrics and Leon Russell a laptop teleprompter for lyrics. Only thing this tells me is if we still want to see our older favourite musicians then we have to expect some allowances like this. Can you imagine trying to remember for instance Bob dylan`s lyrics ?
    Players have resorted to all sorts of technological wizardy over the years to enable them to recreate studio sounds, the addition of an aid for lyrics is really no big deal.

    By sluggo on Jan 26, 2013

  10. Mandy is about the only thing I can listen to by Manilow.

    By George Martini on Jan 29, 2013

  11. Thank you for posting this. Barry is far more talented than most people ever give him credit for. (How many of your favs got into Julliard?) What a wonderful glimpse of a career that’s finally (after 7 years) just about to launch into orbit (…for the next 4r years!!!) Thanks 4 this.

    By TheDiddy on Jan 30, 2013

  12. (How many of your favs got into Julliard?)


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Jan 30, 2013

  13. if my faves got into juillard, they wouldn’t be my faves

    By barth on Jan 30, 2013

  14. Apparently this concert happened back in the days when the Troubadour lived up to its name, featuring all of the promising and up-and-coming singer/songwriters, Manilow and Elton John not the least of them. Things really changed, and not for the better in my opinion, by summer 1982, when I played the Troubadour. At that point the club was under the misguided stewardship of Michael Glick, and I recall being treated very unfairly and shabbily by Glick and his minions. I boycotted the Troubadour for a number of years after that. I wonder what Glick is doing these days … but not too much!

    By ELLIOTT C MICHAELS on Nov 16, 2019

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