Barry Manilow: Songs from the Seventies

Mon, 06/08/2009 - 8:00pm
Pictured: Barry Manilow
Credit: Larry Busacca
Barry Manilow's music is synonymous with the 70s. The legendary singer and songwriter revisits that era — which his songs helped define — in Barry Manilow: Songs from the Seventies, airing Monday, June 8 at 8 p.m. on WXXI- TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI- HD (DT21.1/ cable 1011). Inspired by his highly anticipated CD, The Greatest Songs of the Seventies, the television event features Manilow performing his own hits, as well as some of his favorites of the decade, and sharing his personal experiences with the audience at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York, the city where he was born and raised. 
Manilow, whose previous PBS special, Barry Manilow: Music and Passion, earned an Emmy, opens the show with "Mandy," his first hit single, then launches into "New York City Rhythm" and "I Am Your Child." His first medley is a novelty: jingles from commercials for Band-Aids, State Farm, McDonalds, and Vicks. He returns to his own hits with "Could It Be Magic?" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)," followed by "My Eyes Adored You" and "Looks Like We Made It." Two poignant songs of the era, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "The Way We Were," get the Manilow treatment, as does "It Never Rains in Southern California."
"The Old Songs" prefaces a medley of Manilow hits that includes "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," "It's a Miracle," "I Made It Through the Rain," "Daybreak," "This One's for You" and "I Write the Songs." Barry Manilow: Songs from the Seventies concludes with "One Voice."
In 2006, Manilow celebrated one of the most successful years of his career. The Greatest Songs of the Fifties entered the Billboard charts at #1, Barry Manilow: Music and Passion won an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program" and The Greatest Songs of the Sixties hit the charts at number two.
Industry charts have ranked Barry Manilow as the undisputed number-one adult contemporary artist of all time with record sales exceeding 70 million worldwide. He has written hundreds of songs and performed around the globe, thrilling millions of fans and winning a Grammy, two Emmys, several Tony Awards, and an Oscar nomination for the song "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from 1978's Foul Play.