Barry Manilow's hit songs include "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Copacabana," "I Write The Songs," "Ships" and "Somewhere Down The Road." Although some of Barry Manilow's hit songs were written by others, he co-produced and arranged extensively on most of his tracks.
In 1978, Manilow won a Grammy award for "Copacabana," a song that reached No. 8 on the U.S Billboard chart. Featuring a melodramatic story about a lovelorn nightclub patron named Lola, the song provided the basis for a television movie and three separate musical plays.
As of 2015, Manilow has sold over 80 million records, making him one of the best-selling recording artists in history. In 1978, Manilow achieved a milestone when five of his records placed on the best-seller charts at the same time. Only six other musical acts have achieved this distinction.
Manilow's musical career began in 1964, when he wrote the original score for "The Drunkard," a highly successful off-Broadway musical. In the wake of this job, Manilow found success as a musical arranger, producer and commercial jingle writer. After working with other artists in a supportive role, Manilow released the album "Barry Manilow II" in 1974. Featuring Manilow's first No. 1 hit, "Mady," this album marked the onset of Manilow's most commercially successful period.