BetteBack: Bette Midler’s Conducter, Arranger, Producer, Barry Manilow, Comes Into His Own

Lebanon Daily News
Record Review
December 17, 1973

Behind every good woman is a good man. Take Barry Manilow, for instance. Barry has been accompanist, arranger and conductor for Bette Midler and produced one of her big hits, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Now Barry is branching out on his own and his initial album, “Barry Manilow” (Bell 1129), is a good start. One of the songs, “Sweetwater Jones,” which Manilow sings in a staccato fashion, is a hit as a single.

Most of the compositions are Manilow originals, such as “One of These Days,””0h My Lady,””I Am Your Child” and
“Sweet Life.” Some were written by Ron Dante and Buzzy Linhart.

The talented Barry also doubles on piano and conducts a rhythm section. Background voices include those of Gail
Kantor, Melissa Manchester and Merle Miller. (Mister D: All former Harlettes).

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