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Barry Manilow reveals the Philly nightclub he played with Bette Midler that inspired him to go solo

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Barry Manilow reveals the Philly nightclub he played with Bette Midler that inspired him to go solo
by A.D. Amorosi, For the Inquirer
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

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You were a behind-the-scenes musician at your start. When did you realize that you could be out-front?

Seriously, at the old Bijou Café in Philly. I was playing for Bette who was the greatest entertainer ever, and was just starting to sing out, first doing openers for Bette’s tours. I couldn’t figure what to do with my legs, I was terrible. But during the end of our run there, I did “Could It Be Magic” and a commercials medley and the audience was so welcoming. After that, I got confidence. I learned on the job. But Philly was crucial.

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