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15 June 2018, 17:03
Barry Manilow is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of his generation.
Still touring into his 70s, he has written some of pop's most catchy and heartfelt songs. Here are our favourites:
This piano ballad was released by Barry Manilow in 1971, and it was based on chord progressions of Frédéric Chopin’s ‘Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20’.
Take That released a cover over two decades later, based on the Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder upbeat dance version in 1976. With Robbie Williams on lead vocals, it was one of the band’s first hit singles. Williams and Gary Barlow performed the song with Manilow at a charity concert in 2013.
Sure, it's a tad cheesy, but can you help but sing along to this 1978 single?
From Barry's fifth album, this song tells the story of a young couple who worked in the nightclub scene. Its upbeat melody actually hides quite a dark story if you listen to the lyrics!
Randy Edleman wrote this song, with Barry releasing it in 1976.
A song about forbidden love, it was never released in the UK but reached number 10 in the States.
Carpenters first released this classic pop tune in 1977, but they didn't score the biggest hit with it.
A year later, Barry released the most famous version with slightly different lyrics, reaching number three in the US.
Ironically written by Bruce Johnston, this was a number hit for Barry in the US in 1976.
The songwriter Johnston said that the “I,” in the song is actually “God.” Barry was worried before recording it, that people would think he was on some kind of ego trip.
This gave Barry another number one success in America in 1977.
The song is about lost love and how it can lead to the success of new relationships. We've all been there.
This song was originally called 'Brandy', but due to the hit song called 'Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)' by Looking Glass, Barry didn’t want there to be any confusion.
Westlife later scored their own number hit with a cover version in 2003.