We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Barry Manilow, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the singer and musician that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: He Is Not Sure That He’s a Pop Star. When asked if he considers himself a pop star, Manilow said, “I don’t know where I fit in…I like to think of it as a pie. I’ve got my slice of this pie. It may be small, but it’s mine.”
Number Seven: He Is Not a Fan of His Own Voice. Manilow has said that he does not really think he sings well, and he uses his voice to channel his passion and connect with his listeners. He wants to move his listeners more than be just another good voice.
Number Six: He Admits That His Success Brought Out the Worst in Him. Manilow has described his success like a “tornado,” and he even said that it made him an “a**hole.” He blames the lack of rest and demanding schedule, although he did say he has made many apologies to make amends over the years.
Number Five: He Was Not Financially Smart in the Beginning. After the insane success of “Mandy” and “Copacabana,” Manilow says that he was not managing his financial success very well, and he ended up losing a lot of money because of it.
Number Four: His Latest Album Involves Duets With Dead People. Manilow’s latest album is called Dream Duets, and it involves him singing duets with late stars like Whitney Houston and Marilyn Monroe. He was able to organize the album thanks to advanced technology and genius engineers.
Number Three: He Is in an Elite Group. At one point in 1978, Manilow had five albums on the best-seller charts at the same time. This feat has only been achieved by six other artists or groups.
Number Two: He Hugged Bob Dylan. Well, Bob Dylan hugged him, to be more accurate. At a party in 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow to hug him and say, “Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.”
Number One: He Is One of the World’s Best-Selling Artists. Manilow has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that he is one of the world’s best-selling artists.