This just in: Barry Manilow is back.
I’m going to confess that I enjoyed his sappy ’70’s love songs in a confidently masculine way. I know many of his songs sounded the same, but so what. So does disco and rap.
So it’s good to see him making a comeback, this time singing 50’s classics. He’s on top of the charts already, so if this news is disturbing then you have plenty of time to take evasive action.
Barry Manilow is back in a big way. The 70s crooner, whose hits started to dry up two decades ago, is this week having the biggest comeback since Rod Stewart and doing it the same way. His new album â€˜Love Songs of the 50â€™sâ€™ is a sure bet to debut at number one in the USA this week.
Manilow is expected to selling more than 140,000 units this week and push out Il Divo, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx.
It is a marvelous feat for Manilow whose last major hit, coincidentally also a cover, was â€˜Letâ€™s Hang Onâ€™ back in 1981.
Manilow started his career writing and performing advertising jingles. He once sang the ads for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr Pepper and McDonalds.
By 1978, Manilow was a superstar. His album â€˜Even Nowâ€™ sold more than 3 million units that year and featured the hits â€˜Canâ€™t Smile Without Youâ€™ and â€˜Copacobanaâ€™.
The tracklisting for â€˜Greatest Songs of the Fiftiesâ€™ isâ€
1. Moments To Remember
2. Itâ€™s All In The Game
3. Unchained Melody
5. Itâ€™s Not For Me To Say
6. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
7. Rags To Riches
8. Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight (Duet with Phyllis McGuire)
9. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10. Young At Heart
11. All I Have To Do Is Dream
12. What A Diffâ€™rence A Day Made
13. Beyond The Sea