Manilow’s career as a singer and songwriter in the United States spans seven decades. Hits like “Could It Be Magic,” “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana (At the Copa)” are all from albums he recorded.
He has produced 51 Adult Contemporary Top 40 songs, 13 of which peaked at No. 1, 28 of which made the top ten, and 36 of which cracked the top twenty. As of 2018, Manilow has released 13 platinum albums and 6 multi-platinum albums. Manilow has been complimented by his recording business contemporaries, including Frank Sinatra, who was reportedly cited as saying of Manilow in the 1970s, “He’s next.”
From the 1960s onward, Manilow has written and sung songs for musicals, films, and advertisements for corporations including McDonald’s, Pepsi-Cola, and Band-Aid, in addition to producing and arranging albums for himself and other artists.
To date, from 1973 through 2015, he has been nominated for a Grammy Award a total of fifteen times (and in every decade) for his work as a producer, arranger, and performer. Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan are just some of the artists whose albums he produced that were nominated for Grammys because of his work.
Is He Gay?
After decades of hiding his sexuality to avoid “disappointing his followers,” musician Barry Manilow has now come out as gay. The musician, whose career spans four decades and includes the classics “Looks Like We Made It” and “Copacabana,” also said that he is currently in a 39-year-long relationship with a man. This is the very first time he has discussed his sexual orientation in such detail.
Although Manilow told People magazine that he married Garry Kief in 2014 at their Palm Springs home, he never made the news public because he was afraid of the reaction from his followers. The 73-year-old man said in an interview, “I’m so private. I’ve always been this way.
Two years ago, rumors began circulating that Manilow and Kief were engaged to be married. Neither of them has publicly addressed the speculation. It was both a blessing and a curse, the singer said of the rumors.
Manilow expressed his extreme happiness at the response he received from his global fan base. I was afraid that coming out as gay to them would make them feel bad about me. Therefore, I did nothing. They were overjoyed to learn that Garry and I were a couple. Everyone seemed so happy for you, saying things like, “Great for you!” He continued, “I’m just really glad for it.”
When Manilow met Kief, a TV executive, in 1978, he claims he was preoccupied with his budding music career. I realized that this was the end. I count myself among the fortunate. “Before it, I was pretty lonely.”
Kief had an initially difficult time adjusting to the singer’s fame. Manilow claimed that when they got into a car together after a show, “the fans were rocking the car.” ‘I can’t handle this,’ he said. A resounding “No thanks” was heard. The fact that he stayed is very much appreciated.
After that, Kief took over as Barry Manilow Productions’ president and manager, positions he still retains to this day. Manilow remarked, “He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life, and a great man, too.”