Since the early 60s, Barry Manilow has been giving us all the possible reasons to love pop and rock music. Barry long proved his significance in the entertainment industry with his talent as a musician, songwriter, and producer. The American musician indeed is a guru at his craft and sits on a very high pedestal among his counterparts. Among his numerous awe-inspiring recordings are songs like Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, Copacabana, Could It Be Magic and many others.
Manilow has several multi-platinum albums to his name, tons of singles on the very top of the Adult Contemporary Chart and on many other platforms. He has written and produced for several artists, movies, and commercials. It would be interesting to find out how far the ace musician has come, as well as other lesser known facts about him.
Barry Manilow – Bio, Age
The American musician was born on June 17, 1943, in Brooklyn New York. Of Jewish and Irish descent; his mother, Edna Manilow, was of Russian Jewish descent while his father, Harold Pincus, was of Jewish-Irish background. Growing up, Barry Manilow attended Eastern District High School in Brooklyn. He later proceeded to City College of New York but did not finish at the institution. Barry’s love for the musical side of life pushed him to the New York College of Music.
The musician started his career in 1964 when he came in contact with a CBS director, Bro Herrod. His meeting with Herrod saw him write and arrange songs for a musical adaptation of the melodrama, The Drunkard. The composition turned out to be very impressive and was played in the Off-Broadway musical. Manilow later wrote several jingles and even became the musical director for the WCBS-TV series, Callback in 1967.
His first album, Barry Manilow, was released in 1973, and his second album, Barry Manilow II, was released almost immediately. The singer went on to release his third album Tryn’ to Get the Feeling in 1975. The fourth album, This One’s for You, also followed in 1976. Manilow made several appearances on CBS programs which he also produced. With his fifth album, Even Now, coming in 1978, it was clear that his career was on the upswing. More albums followed and Barry also went on several tours promoting his platinum albums.
By 1982, he had released his 11th studio album Barry Live in Britain, a recording of his live performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Barry Manilow graced the 90s with more record-breaking albums like Singin’ with the Big Bands, and Summer of ‘78. He graced the 2000s with a series of live performances recorded as hit albums. It has definitely been an interesting career for the legendary musician and songwriter.
His Net Worth
Barry Manilow is very much afloat when it comes to his financial status. The musician has amassed an impressive net worth all thanks to his unique style of music. Several sources have estimated his net worth to be around $100 million. This is hardly disputed bearing in mind Manilow’s prominence, achievements and dynamic journey. With tons of multi-platinum albums and countless hit tracks, Manilow has built a legacy that will last for many generations to come.
Personal Life – Is He Gay, Who Is the Partner?
Like his music, Barry Manilow has got a dynamic story with regards to his personal life. He is one of the few celebrities who have been married to both a man and a woman. Barry’s first marriage was to his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler, in 1964. However, their marriage was shortlived as a result of Barry’s unwavering commitment to his music career. The singer said that despite his love for Susan, he was so focused on his music and was so young at the time that he lacked the mental capacity to keep a marriage. This gradually impeded the success of their marriage which later ended in 1966.
The singer started another relationship with Garry Kief, a TV executive, in 1978. The two managed to keep their relationship under wraps until they got married. Barry and Garry tied the knot in 2014 when same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of California. But the public got to know of their union in 2015 through rumors that were later confirmed.
Barry revealed that his love for Susan was real despite his later relations with a man, adding that their marriage did not end as a result of his sexuality but because of his career and unreadiness for the commitment.