To say I love music would be an understatement. Once, a friend asked my why I got into the radio business. There were many reasons, but topping the list was my love of music - all kinds.
Barry Manilow came along in the late 1970's and rocked the music world. Well, maybe the term "romanced" the world would be a better description. In those days, nobody could write a more emotional love song that Barry Manilow. And his record sales proved it, time after time.
Barry continues to tour today and puts on a remarkable show. He has reinvented himself with pop standards, concept albums and continues to be one of the top drawing artists in the music world. However, there was a point where his record label worried about their future and his.
I'm two-thirds of the way through Clive Davis' autobiography about the music business. It's beyond fascinating! Clive has the stories of his interaction and observations of artists like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Santana and a few names I barely recognized. But the stories are mesmerizing. If you're a music lover and a reader, you'll love it. If you hate reading, buy the audio book. The narration is superb and nothing is lost in translation.
So, what happened to Barry Manilow? At one point, he took the steering wheel and began driving the sports car called CAREER. Did he know best? Time already has the answer to that one. His name is known worldwide and his place in musical history is paved with gold. It probably didn't hurt that he's a nice guy, too.
However, things could have ended in disaster. I'll leave it that, so I don't spoil the book for any of you. If you're also a Whitney Houston fan, you'll find plenty of stories and even letters that Clive wrote to Whitney over the years. For me, it's an A+ read.
Now, let's all sing a chorus of "Can't Smile Without You" and hope Barry invites us on stage for his next appearance. If you're lucky, he might even let you play a few chords on the piano.