Number 1 Barry can smile again
BY HELEN KENNEDY, NY DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... 0724c.html
Another sign of the Apocalypse? After 29 years, Barry Manilow is back at the top of the charts.
The campy crooner shouldered out the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and Eminem to land at the top of the Billboard chart with his new album of covers, "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties." The new album sold 156,000 in its first week. It was Manilow's first No. 1 debut.
"I swear, if you live long enough, anything is possible!" he said in thanking the fanilows who put him back on top.
The Williamsburg, Brooklyn, native, who will be 60 in June, last topped the charts in July 1977 with a live album. That was the year "Star Wars" came out, disco was huge and "The Love Boat" was a brand new TV show. (And a certain legend of the ages died.. .-The Editor)
Manilow has sold a whopping 75million albums in the last three decades, chiefly on the strength of hits like "Can't Smile Without You," "Copacabana," "Mandy," and "I Write The Songs."
There are other signs that moms and grandmoms beat their kids to the stores last week. Also on the top10 album chart: Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli and the classical boy band Il Divo. Manilow's album features remakes of classics such as the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and Bobby Darin's "Beyond The Sea."
Manilow is following in the footsteps of Rod Stewart, another '70s icon who rebooted his career with an album of covers. The third album of Stewart's "American Songbook" series became his first No. 1 one in 25 years in 2004.