Barry Manilow sells out the The Louisville Palace
Barry Manilow performed his best known recordings to a sold out Palace Theater on Friday. beginning with “It’s A Miracle” he played ninety minutes filled with hits songs from his twenty-nine studio albums including ” Could It Be Magic”, “Mandy“, “Can’t Smile Without You“, “Copacabana (At the Copa)“and ending with, ” I Write The Songs”.
The 69-year-old Grammy winner joked with the audience, that at in his prime he was the Justin Bieber of his time.
In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-selling charts simultaneously, a feat equalled only by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Mathis. He has recorded a string of Billboard hit singles and multi-platinum albums that have resulted in his being named Radio & Records number one Adult Contemporary artist and winning three straight American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. Between 1974 – 1983 Manilow had three number 1 singles and 25 that reached the top 40. Several well-known entertainers have praised Manilow, including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s saying, “He’s next.” In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, “Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.”
As well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. From February 2005 to December 30, 2009, he was the headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, performing hundreds of shows before ending his relationship with the hotel. From March 2010, he has headlined at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.