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Barry Manilow Would Love To Hear His Songs on 'Glee'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2010 1:01PM
barry_manilow_microphone_smilingBelieve it or not, Barry Manilow did not write the songs the whole world sings. He didn't even write that one. 'I Write the Songs' was composed by Bruce Johnston, which Barry readily admits whenever the subject comes up -- it's even in his Las Vegas concert show. However, Barry Manilow does have a huge catalog of songs that he has made famous, whether as a writer or singer. Therefore, why wouldn't he want Fox's 'Glee' to use his music for an episode? If it's good enough for Madonna, why not Barry?

Well, Barry thinks it's a great idea and did something about it. Ryan Seacrest reports that Manilow called him the other day to address rumors that he'll be on 'Glee' -- rumors that were news to me. Barry told Ryan that he hasn't received a phone call from 'Glee' yet, but he's willing. "It would be great."

He's even picked out a song that he would like to hear New Directions, the glee club on the show, sing. "I would love them do to 'One Voice.' That's the only thing I'd love to hear them do, but if they want to do my catalog, oh, I'd be right there." 'One Voice' is a great choice, too. It's basically a chorus piece and very relevant for the show.

Considering the amount of hits Manilow's produced, the 'Glee' crew could mine some gems. 'Ready to Take A Chance Again,' 'Can't Smile Without You,' 'Mandy,' 'Looks Like We Made It,' 'Bandstand,' 'Weekend in New England,' 'Copacabana,' 'Could It Be the Magic,' 'This One's For You,' 'Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again,' 'I Made It Through the Rain," et al. The guy's done a lot of songs!

Barry Manilow's no fool, by the way. While the royalties for hearing his songs on 'Glee' would be a good amount, the exposure of his music and the mention of his name -- let alone a guest appearance -- would sell CDs like crazy. You'd be surprised how many people discover old music when these legends reappear, or their songs do, later in another medium.

There was a story on the 'CBS Sunday Morning' show about Wayne Newton last week. Newton's first big hit, 'Danke Schoen,' is still making him money. It was first recorded in 1963, but it still turns up in movies and TV shows. How's that for the gift that keeps on giving!

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Rick A

I personally think this is a GREAT idea. There are SO many great Barry Manilow songs that would fit beautifully in the show, in particular, "I Am Your Child," a song from Barry's first album. I see Kurt singing it to his dad. It's one of Barry's most moving songs.

May 31 2010 at 3:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeannie: Were you responding to Wynn? He didn't say anything negative so why would you call him "jealous?" In fact, since when did being rich and famous have anything to do with talent--do you really believe good music always becomes popular or makes the artist rich?

March 19 2010 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Berry does some awesome Christmas Songs.

March 19 2010 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's a WONDERFUL idea that Barry Manilow's songs to be on "Glee"...He is DEFINATELY a talented singer and writer..I have EVERY single one of his record albums and I know ALMOST of his songs by heart!
I sure would LOVE to get an autograph from him some day...

March 19 2010 at 1:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great idea--Manilow's music would be natural fit for Glee. Schools used to include learning good music but their budgets killed it years ago, so that all the kids know is rock and other "dance" music. With Glee they are exposed to ballads and since nobody has written them in years maybe Barry's music is useful.

March 19 2010 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

here's a video of a choir singing ONE VOICE:


March 19 2010 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

maybe you are jelous because he is talented rich and uses his fame and fortune to promote music and positive things for kids.....

March 18 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Barry Manilow would be fine, but I really want to hear the Glee cast tackle some songs by the Bee Gees. The harmony that is so wonderful from them, would be well executed and would sound wonderful from them. I hope they consider the Bee Gees for some future songs.

March 18 2010 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love Glee and Manny Barilow is a perfect fit but isn't that a picture of Rod Stewart?

March 18 2010 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Linda Klauschie

No, that is a picture of Barry Manilow. His haircut is just similar to Rod Stewart's. They are both great!

March 19 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know right? Cha-ching! What singer in their right mind isn't gonna want a song of theirs on Glee? It's such a highly entertaining show and they do a great job reintroducing old songs to a new generation. We fell in love with the songs the first time they were out and now we get a chance to fall in love with them all over again. Bravo! By the way, it would be interesting to see their take on a Prince song. If anybody's career needed to be resurected it would be his.

March 18 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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