Sunday, 17 June 2018

High up where the stallion meets the sun







"Here's proof that if you live long enough, anything is possible."

"I never wanted to be a performer, that was not one of my goals. I wanted to be a musician and that was that."

"My hair was slicked down with a parting. But that was before I discovered the blow-dryer. Now I'm fabulous."

"I think my music is like anchovies - some people like it, some people get nauseous."

"My goal was always to be involved in music that would outlive me. And maybe that's actually happening."


Many, many happy returns [and best wishes for a full recovery from his recent illness] to Mr Barry Manilow, who is 75 years old today!

The man who became most famous for his sequinned jump-suits and coiffured hair, the ultimate "Mr Showbiz" of his generation also happens to be a trained pianist and composer, and wrote some of the most enduring pop standards of the late 20th century, including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You, Bermuda Triangle, Looks Like We Made It, Copacabana, I Made It Through the Rain, and this one...


Spirit move me
Every time I"m near you
Whirling like a cyclone in my mind

Sweet Melissa,
Angel of my life time
Answer to all answers I can find

Baby I love you come, come
Come into my arms
Let me know the wonder of all of you
Baby I want you,
Now, now, now and hold on fast
Could this be the magic at last?

Lady take me
High upon a hillside
High up where the stallion meets the sun
I could love you
Build my world around you
Never leave you till my life is done

Baby I love you come, come
Come into my arms
Let me know the wonder of all of you
And baby I want you
Now, now, oh now, oh now and hold on fast
Could this be the magic at last?


A classic, to be sure...

Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, 17th June 1943)

6 comments:

  1. For sure reason, I have never been a huge fan of his. But I also had a disturbing dream once about him. It's a wonder I can even get an erection to this day.

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    1. Bazza in Speedos - oh, heavens... Jx

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  2. He was Bette Midler's pianist back when she played gay bars.

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    1. Apparently he only ever played one gay bathhouse with Bette Midler. It doesn't mean to say he never went to a few more, of course... Jx

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  3. I saw the premier of his musical 'Copacabana' it was fab.
    One of the campest extravaganzas I have seen in the theatre.
    Such a shame it failed.

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    1. It must be due for a revival soon, surely? After all if they can do musicals based on the music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan, Donna Summer, Billy Joel, Abba, Queen, and even - ahem - Alanis Morissette, then surely Bazza deserves another shot? Jx

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