Barry Manilow Net Worth

About Barry Manilow

Performance was never the guiding passion of Barry Manilow, who trained at Julliard in order to master the arts of songwriting and arranging. But though he made a name for himself soon enough around New York, mostly as a commercial jingle writer for “Mad Men”-era advertising bigwigs, he’d soon find himself one of the next decade’s pure pop superstars… whether he liked it or not. The arc of his stardom began in 1971, when he got a bandleader gig backing rising star Bette Midler during her extended stay at the already-notorious Continental Baths bathhouse. That led to a demo tape of his songs being recorded by a session group led by Tony Orlando, and while it flopped, bubblegum mainstays Bell Records nonetheless felt Barry could carry an album of his own. While the album Barry Manilow contained an early version of “Could It Be Magic,” a song that would later be a major hit, it didn’t make much of a ripple.  

American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and actor Barry Manilow has a net worth of $125 million dollars, as of 2021.


Manilow was still working as Midler’s bandleader, pianist, and arranger on tour when Bell released Barry Manilow II, but all that changed because of a song Barry didn’t write; “Mandy,” a tender and highly emotional ballad which had already been a success in New Zealand and England for other artists, became a huge hit, tapping right into the singer-songwriter and soft-rock movements of the decade at once. Barry’s own co-composition, “It’s a Miracle,” which expertly mixed Broadway sass and Philly soul, followed it up the charts, as did a re-release of “Magic.” Rock purists scoffed at the unlikely superstar, and Manilow himself took years to get used to his success. But it was undeniable. He placed 25 hits in the Top 40 over a little more than a decade, and had five albums on the Billboard charts at once at the peak of his career in 1978. He took on disco (the epic story song “Copacabana”), jazz, classical, swing, and Great American Songbook music, but his real forte was the emotional ballad, and he ruled the decade with it.

Later years

However, his massive success as an alternative to the rock generation meant that he was destined to fall out of favor by the ’80s; he became a punchline to a lot of critics, but persevered by delving into his non-pop passions, remaining consistently popular with his hardcore fan base; he was and is a major concert and television ratings draw thanks to his many specials. Although he never really left the industry, he revitalized his career somewhat in the 2000s as a interpretive singer, scoring with renditions of standards. duets, and radio hits from the 50s-80s. He became a main Vegas attraction in the early 2010s after multiple hip surgeries slowed him down; in late 2014 he announced that his upcoming series of concerts, appropriately titled “One Last Time,” was to be his final tour.  

Barry Manilow facts and trivia

  • Among the jingles Manilow has written: Polaroid’s “Meet the Swinger,” McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today,” Band-Aid’s “I’m Stuck on Band-Aid,” and State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor”
  • Frank Sinatra once reportedly told an interviewer that Manilow was the next Sinatra
  • “Mandy” was originally titled “Brandy” but renamed by Barry so as not to cause confusion with the ’70s Looking Glass hit “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”
  • Wrote the lyrics to the “American Bandstand” theme, “Bandstand Boogie,” and sang it as the program’s new opening through the ’70s 
  • Rockdale, Australia once rid its local park of an undesirable teen element by blasting Manilow’s music 24 hours a day
  • Is a major Britney Spears fan 



Barry Alan Pincus; June 17, 1943, Brooklyn, NY


Pop, Soft-rock, Adult Contemporary, Great American Songbook, Jazz, Swing


Vocals, piano

Claims to fame:

  • The most popular adult-contemporary artist of all time
  • The first performer to bring Broadway’s sense of drama into pop music
  • A likable and reliable entertainer for nearly five decades
  • Hits like “Mandy,” “Could It Be Magic,” and “Looks Like We Made It” are some of the most enduring ballads of the era

Barry Manilow​ awards and honors:

GRAMMY Award (1979), Emmy Awards (1977, 2006), Songwriters Hall of Fame (2002), Clio Awards (1976), Hollywood Walk of Fame (6249 Hollywood Blvd.) 

Barry Manilow hit singles and albums:

#1 hits:


  • “Mandy” (1974)
  • “I Write the Songs” (1975) 
  • “Looks Like We Made It” (1977)

Adult Contemporary:

  • “Mandy” (1974)
  • “It’s a Miracle” (1975)
  • “I Write the Songs” (1975)
  • “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again” (1976)
  • “This One’s for You” (1976)
  • “Weekend in New England” (1976)
  • “Looks Like We Made It”  (1977)
  • “Can’t Smile Without You” (1978)
  • “Even Now” (1978)
  • “When I Wanted You” (1979)
  • “The Old Songs” (1981)
  • “Somewhere Down the Road” (1981)
  • “Read ‘Em and Weep” (1983)    

Top 10 hits:


  • “Could It Be Magic” (1975)
  • “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again” (1976)
  • “Weekend in New England” (1976)
  • “Can’t Smile Without You” (1978)
  • “Copacabana (At the Copa)” (1978)
  • “Somewhere in the Night” (1978)
  • “Ships” (1978)
  • “I Made It Through the Rain” (1980)    

Adult Contemporary:

  • “Could It Be Magic” (1975)
  • “Daybreak (live)” (1977) 
  • “Copacabana (At the Copa)” (1978)
  • “Ready to Take a Chance Again” (1978)
  • “Somewhere in the Night” (1978)
  • “Ships” (1978)
  • “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You” (1980)
  • “I Made It Through the Rain” (1980)    
  • “Lonely Together” (1981)
  • “Let’s Hang On!” (1982)
  • “Memory” (1982)
  • “Some Kind of Friend” (1983)
  • “When October Goes” (1984)
  • “Keep Each Other Warm” (1989)

#1 albums:


  • Barry Manilow Live (1977)
  • The Greatest Songs of the Fifties (2006)

Top 10 albums:

  • Barry Manilow II (1974)
  • Tryin’ to Get the Feeling (1975)
  • This One’s for You (1976)
  • Greatest Hits (1978)
  • Even Now (1978)
  • One Voice (1979)
  • Ultimate Manilow (2006)
  • The Greatest Songs of the Sixties (2006)
  • The Greatest Songs of the Seventies (2007)
  • The Greatest Love Songs of all Time (2010)
  • 15 Minutes (2011)
  • Night Songs (2014)
  • My Dream Duets (2014)    

Other important Barry Manilow recordings: “I Am Your Child,” “As Sure as I’m Standing Here,” “New York City Rhythm,” “All the Time,” “Sweet Water Jones,” “One of These Days,” “If I Should Love Again,” “One Voice,” “Beautiful Music,” “Bandstand Boogie,” “A Nice Boy Like Me,” “Riders to the Stars,” “Say the Words,” “Jump Shout Boogie,” “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve,” “Sunrise,” “I Was a Fool (To Let You Go),” “Sweet Life,” “Leavin’ in the Morning,” “They Gave in to the Blues,” “Bobbie Lee (What’s the Difference, I Gotta Live),” “Bermuda Triangle,” “Only in Chicago,” “The Last Duet” with Lily Tomlin, “Don’t Fall In Love With Me,” “Let’s Take All Night” (To Say Goodbye),” “If I Should Love Again,” “No Other Love,” “Nickles and Dimes,” “Oh Julie,” “Break Down the Door,” “I Wanna Do It With You,” “Heaven,” “Heart of Steel,” “You’re Looking Hot Tonight,” “Paradise Cafe,” “Run to Me” with Dionne Warwick, “In Search of Love,” “He Doesn’t Care (But I Do),” “I’m Your Man,” “Brooklyn Blues,” “Let Me Be Your Wings”

Movie and TV appearances (movies in italics): “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert” (1975), “The Midnight Special” (1975), “Top of the Pops” (1976, 1993), “Dinah!” (1976, 1980), “The Barry Manilow Special” (1977), “Grammy Awards” (1977, 1979, 2011), “Tony Awards” (1977), “The Second Barry Manilow Special” (1978), “Good Morning America” (1978, 1979, 1980, 1999, 2006, 2011), “American Music Awards” (1978, 1979), “The 3rd Barry Manilow Special” (1979), “The Academy Awards” (1979), “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1979, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1991), “Barry Manilow: One Voice” (1980), “Solid Gold” (1982, 1985), “Super Bowl XVIII” (1984), “American Music Awards” (1984, 2006), “Donahue” (1985), “Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street” (1988), “Late Night with David Letterman” (1989), “The Arsenio Hall Show” (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993), “Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come” (1990), “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), “Murphy Brown” (1993), “Barry Manilow: The Best of Me” (1993), “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” (1995), “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1996), “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002), “Late Show with David Letterman” (1997), “Ally McBeal” (2001), “Great Performances” (2001), “The View” (2001, 2004, 2006, 2014), “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2002), “Ultimate Manilow!” (2002), “Today” (2003. 2014), “A Barry Manilow Christmas: Live by Request” (2003), “Will & Grace” (2003), “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (2004), “One Night with Barry Manilow” (2004), “American Idol” (2004, 2006, 2009), “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010), “The Colbert Report” (2005. 2014), “Ellen” (2005, 2006, 2008), “Manilow: Music and Passion” (2006), “The X Factor” (2006), “Dancing with the Stars” (2006. 2007), “Emmy Awards” (2006, 2010), “The Graham Norton Show” (2008, 2010, 2014), “Tavis Smiley” (2011, 2014), “The Talk” (2011, 2014) 

Covered by: Donna Summer, Frank Sinatra, Take That, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Bruce Johnston, The Shirelles, Johnny Mathis, Mantovani, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Conniff, Andy Williams, Donny Osmond, Kylie Minogue, The Vandals, Shirley Bassey, Richard Clayderman, Tom Jones, Dinah Shore, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Lucifer, Lazlo Bane, Nana Mouskouri, Westlife, Facts of Life, Abigail, The Langley Schools Music Project, The Puppini Sisters, Glee

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