They Write The Songs

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032018051520190706 (R2)This week features Rodgers and Hart's 'Babes in Arms' - a show that features five songs that became standards, including 'Where or When' and 'My Funny Valentine' but which has never been fully re-vived; 'Ballroom' which was written by Billy Goldenberg and the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and nominated for eight Tony Awards; 'All American' which featured the first book Mel Brooks ever wrote for a musical and starred Ray Bolger (the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz); and 'Do Re Mi' written by the team who brought you 'Singing in the Rain' Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Jule Styne, who wrote the score to 'Gypsy' and 'Funny Girl'... Don't you want to hear their lost songs??

Barry Manilow returns with They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180515This week features Rodgers and Hart's 'Babes in Arms' - a show that features five songs that became standards, including 'Where or When' and 'My Funny Valentine' but which has never been fully re-vived; 'Ballroom' which was written by Billy Goldenberg and the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and nominated for eight Tony Awards; 'All American' which featured the first book Mel Brooks ever wrote for a musical and starred Ray Bolger (the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz); and 'Do Re Mi' written by the team who brought you 'Singing in the Rain' Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Jule Styne, who wrote the score to 'Gypsy' and 'Funny Girl' ... Don't you want to hear their lost songs??

Barry Manilow returns with They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018051520190706 (R2)This week features Rodgers and Hart's 'Babes in Arms' - a show that features five songs that became standards, including 'Where or When' and 'My Funny Valentine' but which has never been fully re-vived; 'Ballroom' which was written by Billy Goldenberg and the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and nominated for eight Tony Awards; 'All American' which featured the first book Mel Brooks ever wrote for a musical and starred Ray Bolger (the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz); and 'Do Re Mi' written by the team who brought you 'Singing in the Rain' Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Jule Styne, who wrote the score to 'Gypsy' and 'Funny Girl' ... Don't you want to hear their lost songs??

Barry Manilow returns with They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018052220190713 (R2)This week Barry introduces three shows, 'The Happy Time', 'House of Flowers' and 'Coco'. All of them featured the biggest stars of their day including Robert Goulet, Dianne Carroll, Pearl Bailey and believe it or not - Katherine Hepburn. The shows were written by some of the best in the business too, John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Happy Time); Alan Jay Lerner and Andre Previn (Coco) and Harold Arlen - the genius who wrote 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and Truman Capote. Yep. Truman Capote, who famously the wrote 'In Cold Blood' (House of Flowers)... How could all of these shows be forgotten? Join Barry to hear why they should not!

Barry Manilow returns with episode two of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

This week Barry introduces three shows, 'The Happy Time', 'House of Flowers' and 'Coco'. All of them featured the biggest stars of their day including Robert Goulet, Dianne Carroll, Pearl Bailey and believe it or not - Katherine Hepburn. The shows were written by some of the best in the business too, John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Happy Time); Alan Jay Lerner and Andre Previn (Coco) and Harold Arlen - the genius who wrote 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and Truman Capote. Yep. Truman Capote, who famously the wrote 'In Cold Blood' (House of Flowers)... How could all of these shows be forgotten? Join Barry to hear why they should not!

0320180522This week Barry introduces three shows, 'The Happy Time', 'House of Flowers' and 'Coco'. All of them featured the biggest stars of their day including Robert Goulet, Dianne Carroll, Pearl Bailey and believe it or not - Katherine Hepburn. The shows were written by some of the best in the business too, John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Happy Time); Alan Jay Lerner and Andre Previn (Coco) and Harold Arlen - the genius who wrote 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and Truman Capote. Yep. Truman Capote, who famously the wrote 'In Cold Blood' (House of Flowers) ... How could all of these shows be forgotten? Join Barry to hear why they should not!

Barry Manilow returns with episode two of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018052220190713 (R2)This week Barry introduces three shows, 'The Happy Time', 'House of Flowers' and 'Coco'. All of them featured the biggest stars of their day including Robert Goulet, Dianne Carroll, Pearl Bailey and believe it or not - Katherine Hepburn. The shows were written by some of the best in the business too, John Kander and Fred Ebb (The Happy Time); Alan Jay Lerner and Andre Previn (Coco) and Harold Arlen - the genius who wrote 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and Truman Capote. Yep. Truman Capote, who famously the wrote 'In Cold Blood' (House of Flowers) ... How could all of these shows be forgotten? Join Barry to hear why they should not!

Barry Manilow returns with episode two of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018052920190720 (R2)This week Barry features one of his favourite shows of all time 'The Grass Harp', which starred the great Barbara Cook but lasted for just seven performances; 'Hot Chocolates' a musical that starred Louis Armstrong; and Jerry Herman's first breakthrough show that is rarely even talked about today, in spite of the fact that it led to 'Hello Dolly' - 'Milk and Honey'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode three of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

This week Barry features one of his favourite shows of all time 'The Grass Harp', which starred the great Barbara Cook but lasted for just seven performances; 'Hot Chocolates' a musical that starred Louis Armstrong; and Jerry Herman's first breakthrough show that is rarely even talked about today, in spite of the fact that it led to 'Hello Dolly' - 'Milk and Honey'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode three of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180529This week Barry features one of his favourite shows of all time 'The Grass Harp', which starred the great Barbara Cook but lasted for just seven performances; 'Hot Chocolates' a musical that starred Louis Armstrong; and Jerry Herman's first breakthrough show that is rarely even talked about today, in spite of the fact that it led to 'Hello Dolly' - 'Milk and Honey'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode three of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018052920190720 (R2)This week Barry features one of his favourite shows of all time 'The Grass Harp', which starred the great Barbara Cook but lasted for just seven performances; 'Hot Chocolates' a musical that starred Louis Armstrong; and Jerry Herman's first breakthrough show that is rarely even talked about today, in spite of the fact that it led to 'Hello Dolly' - 'Milk and Honey'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode three of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018060520190727 (R2)A star studded edition featuring Liza Minnelli's first partnership with Kander and Ebb when she was just 19, in a show called 'Flora the Red Menace'; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, two giants of the cabaret scene who appeared in a show called 'Golden Rainbow', from which Sammy Davis Jnr memorably recorded 'I've Gotta Be Me'; Jimmy Durante who starred in Cole Porter's long forgotten show The New Yorkers in spite of the fact that it contained one of the greatest standards of all time 'Love For Sale'; and a show called 'Simple Simon' that featured the woman who introduced the all time hit 'Ten cents A Dance' - Ruth Etting.

Barry Manilow returns with episode four of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry Manilow returns with episode four of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180605A star studded edition featuring Liza Minnelli's first partnership with Kander and Ebb when she was just 19, in a show called 'Flora the Red Menace'; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, two giants of the cabaret scene who appeared in a show called 'Golden Rainbow', from which Sammy Davis Jnr memorably recorded 'I've Gotta Be Me'; Jimmy Durante who starred in Cole Porter's long forgotten show The New Yorkers in spite of the fact that it contained one of the greatest standards of all time 'Love For Sale'; and a show called 'Simple Simon' that featured the woman who introduced the all time hit 'Ten cents A Dance' - Ruth Etting.

Barry Manilow returns with episode four of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018060520190727 (R2)A star studded edition featuring Liza Minnelli's first partnership with Kander and Ebb when she was just 19, in a show called 'Flora the Red Menace'; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, two giants of the cabaret scene who appeared in a show called 'Golden Rainbow', from which Sammy Davis Jnr memorably recorded 'I've Gotta Be Me'; Jimmy Durante who starred in Cole Porter's long forgotten show The New Yorkers in spite of the fact that it contained one of the greatest standards of all time 'Love For Sale'; and a show called 'Simple Simon' that featured the woman who introduced the all time hit 'Ten cents A Dance' - Ruth Etting.

Barry Manilow returns with episode four of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180612This week's forgotten shows are rich in plots and tunes! Barry brings us a rainmaker faker in '110 Degrees in the Shade'; a gangster who just wants to sing and dance in 'Legs Diamond', the gold prospecting West in 'Paint Your Wagon' and a sophisticated comedy of manners in 'The Gay Divorce'. Recovered songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones and Cole Porter.

Barry Manilow returns with episode five of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018061220190803 (R2)This week's forgotten shows are rich in plots and tunes! Barry brings us a rainmaker faker in '110 Degrees in the Shade'; a gangster who just wants to sing and dance in 'Legs Diamond', the gold prospecting West in 'Paint Your Wagon' and a sophisticated comedy of manners in 'The Gay Divorce'. Recovered songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones and Cole Porter.

Barry Manilow returns with episode five of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018061220190803 (R2)This week's forgotten shows are rich in plots and tunes! Barry brings us a rainmaker faker in '110 Degrees in the Shade'; a gangster who just wants to sing and dance in 'Legs Diamond', the gold prospecting West in 'Paint Your Wagon' and a sophisticated comedy of manners in 'The Gay Divorce'. Recovered songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones and Cole Porter.

Barry Manilow returns with episode five of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018061920190810 (R2)This week's edition features 'the world's greatest entertainer' Al Jolson, but even his pulling power couldn't save a show called 'Sinbad' from disappearing into history; Anthony Quinn, famous for the film 'Zorba', was not quite so successful at keeping the musical version on Broadway where it played for just 11 weeks... And 'Lost in the Stars' which garnered more fantastic reviews than 'Hamilton', including this from the New York Herald Tribune, 'A work of truth, beauty and immense artistry, a triumphant piece of theatre'. Long forgotten, though the songs are spectacular...

Barry Manilow returns with episode six of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

This week's edition features 'the world's greatest entertainer' Al Jolson, but even his pulling power couldn't save a show called 'Sinbad' from disappearing into history; Anthony Quinn, famous for the film 'Zorba', was not quite so successful at keeping the musical version on Broadway where it played for just 11 weeks... And 'Lost in the Stars' which garnered more fantastic reviews than 'Hamilton', including this from the New York Herald Tribune, 'A work of truth, beauty and immense artistry, a triumphant piece of theatre'. Long forgotten, though the songs are spectacular...

Barry Manilow returns with episode six of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180619This week's edition features 'the world's greatest entertainer' Al Jolson, but even his pulling power couldn't save a show called 'Sinbad' from disappearing into history; Anthony Quinn, famous for the film 'Zorba', was not quite so successful at keeping the musical version on Broadway where it played for just 11 weeks... And 'Lost in the Stars' which garnered more fantastic reviews than 'Hamilton', including this from the New York Herald Tribune, 'A work of truth, beauty and immense artistry, a triumphant piece of theatre'. Long forgotten, though the songs are spectacular...

Barry Manilow returns with episode six of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018061920190810 (R2)This week's edition features 'the world's greatest entertainer' Al Jolson, but even his pulling power couldn't save a show called 'Sinbad' from disappearing into history; Anthony Quinn, famous for the film 'Zorba', was not quite so successful at keeping the musical version on Broadway where it played for just 11 weeks... And 'Lost in the Stars' which garnered more fantastic reviews than 'Hamilton', including this from the New York Herald Tribune, 'A work of truth, beauty and immense artistry, a triumphant piece of theatre'. Long forgotten, though the songs are spectacular...

Barry Manilow returns with episode six of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180626This week Barry Manilow looks at four shows, all of them written by the best in the business, but all now sadly forgotten. Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim wrote 'Do I Hear A Waltz'; Cole Porter wrote 'Leave It To Me' ; Arthur Schwartz and Dorothy Fields wrote 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' and Michael Leonard and Herbert Martin wrote 'The Yearling'. '
The Yearling' played for just three performances, but produced the standard 'Why Did I Choose You'. Between them songwriters Dorothy Fields and Arthur Schwartz were responsible for 'That's Entertainment',' The Way You Look Tonight', 'A Fine Romance' and 'You and the Night and the Music' and yet, 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' failed to ignite the public's imagination. In spite of some wonderful songs. Cole Porter's 'Leave It To Me' contained an all time classic, 'My Heart Belongs To Daddy' but the show it came from is hardly remembered; and Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers 'Do I Hear A Waltz', was nominated for three Tony Awards, and not only contains an outstanding title number, but also one of the most witty and relevant songs about the travel industry ever written, 'What Do We Do ? We Fly!' Anyone who's ever stepped inside an airport will identify with this one !

Barry Manilow returns with episode seven of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018062620190817 (R2)This week Barry Manilow looks at four shows, all of them written by the best in the business, but all now sadly forgotten. Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim wrote 'Do I Hear A Waltz'; Cole Porter wrote 'Leave It To Me' ; Arthur Schwartz and Dorothy Fields wrote 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' and Michael Leonard and Herbert Martin wrote 'The Yearling'. '
The Yearling' played for just three performances, but produced the standard 'Why Did I Choose You'. Between them songwriters Dorothy Fields and Arthur Schwartz were responsible for 'That's Entertainment',' The Way You Look Tonight', 'A Fine Romance' and 'You and the Night and the Music' and yet, 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' failed to ignite the public's imagination. In spite of some wonderful songs. Cole Porter's 'Leave It To Me' contained an all time classic, 'My Heart Belongs To Daddy' but the show it came from is hardly remembered; and Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers 'Do I Hear A Waltz', was nominated for three Tony Awards, and not only contains an outstanding title number, but also one of the most witty and relevant songs about the travel industry ever written, 'What Do We Do ? We Fly!' Anyone who's ever stepped inside an airport will identify with this one !

Barry Manilow returns with episode seven of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180703Tonight, Barry features 'High Spirits', the musical version of Noel Coward's 'Blythe Spirit', which was directed by The Master himself; 'Higher and Higher' by Rodgers and Hart which created the all time standard, 'It Never Entered My Mind', but which only lasted for eighty four performances; and 'Two By Two' a musical that starred Danny Kaye as Noah. This show was all set to become a major hit, until disaster struck. To find out what happened and why the memory of the show can still turn producers, directors, writers and performers pale, tune in to this evening's episode of 'They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode eight of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018070320190824 (R2)Tonight, Barry features 'High Spirits', the musical version of Noel Coward's 'Blythe Spirit', which was directed by The Master himself; 'Higher and Higher' by Rodgers and Hart which created the all time standard, 'It Never Entered My Mind', but which only lasted for eighty four performances; and 'Two By Two' a musical that starred Danny Kaye as Noah. This show was all set to become a major hit, until disaster struck. To find out what happened and why the memory of the show can still turn producers, directors, writers and performers pale, tune in to this evening's episode of 'They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode eight of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180710This week's episode features two shows where both music and lyrics are written by the same person and one where they are not! Barry introduces 'Out of This World' by Cole Porter; 'No Strings' by Richard Rodgers and a show written by what should have been the award winning team of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne, called 'Hallelujah Baby!'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode nine of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018071020190831 (R2)This week's episode features two shows where both music and lyrics are written by the same person and one where they are not! Barry introduces 'Out of This World' by Cole Porter; 'No Strings' by Richard Rodgers and a show written by what should have been the award winning team of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne, called 'Hallelujah Baby!'.

Barry Manilow returns with episode nine of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0320180717In this, the last episode of his ten part series 'They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!', Barry Manilow looks at three more extraordinary musicals. 'Mack and Mabel', 'Lady Be Good' and 'Anyone Can Whistle'. Written by Jerry Herman, the Gershwins and Stephen Sondheim respectively, each show produced some outstanding songs including 'I Won't Send Roses, 'Fascinating Rhythm' and ''Anyone Can Whistle'. Over this series Barry has featured thirty nine forgotten shows and eighty songs. Hopefully he says, the series will encourage people to seek out the complete scores of the shows - and who knows, perhaps to even stage a revival!

Barry Manilow with the final episode of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

032018071720190907 (R2)In this, the last episode of his ten part series 'They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!', Barry Manilow looks at three more extraordinary musicals. 'Mack and Mabel', 'Lady Be Good' and 'Anyone Can Whistle'. Written by Jerry Herman, the Gershwins and Stephen Sondheim respectively, each show produced some outstanding songs including 'I Won't Send Roses, 'Fascinating Rhythm' and ''Anyone Can Whistle'. Over this series Barry has featured thirty nine forgotten shows and eighty songs. Hopefully he says, the series will encourage people to seek out the complete scores of the shows - and who knows, perhaps to even stage a revival!

Barry Manilow with the final episode of They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition!

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0310Brian Wilson20191124Barry Manilow discusses the songwriting genius Brian Wilson. After defining a generation with his songs of surf, sun, sand and hot rods, Wilson developed into an innovative and influential rock and pop musician. In this episode Barry discusses his meteoric rise, his battle with depression and drugs and his enduring musical legacy.

Barry Manilow discusses the songwriting genius behind The Beach Boys - Brian Wilson.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040120190922

Barry starts his new series with two of the greatest popular song writers of all time. He looks at the way they expanded their song-writing from a basic three chord structure to include sophisticated changes, experimental techniques and new instruments. He discusses how The Beatles bridged the gap between the classic song writers of the Great American Song Book and the hit singles of pop radio, illustrating on piano how the music they heard at home, crept into the structures of their songs. Barry looks at how the two styles of John Lennon and Paul McCartney resulted in so many different styles of song. From the early hits like ‘Please Please Me’ to the inspired combined writing of ‘A Day in the Life’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040120190922Barry starts his new series with two of the greatest popular song writers of all time. He looks at the way they expanded their song-writing from a basic three chord structure to include sophisticated changes, experimental techniques and new instruments. He discusses how The Beatles bridged the gap between the classic song writers of the Great American Song Book and the hit singles of pop radio, illustrating on piano how the music they heard at home, crept into the structures of their songs. Barry looks at how the two styles of John Lennon and Paul McCartney resulted in so many different styles of song. From the early hits like ‘Please Please Me’ to the inspired combined writing of ‘A Day in the Life’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry starts his new series with two of the greatest popular song writers of all time. He looks at the way they expanded their song-writing from a basic three chord structure to include sophisticated changes, experimental techniques and new instruments. He discusses how The Beatles bridged the gap between the classic song writers of the Great American Song Book and the hit singles of pop radio, illustrating on piano how the music they heard at home, crept into the structures of their songs. Barry looks at how the two styles of John Lennon and Paul McCartney resulted in so many different styles of song. From the early hits like ‘Please Please Me’ to the inspired combined writing of ‘A Day in the Life’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040220190929

Barry looks at four of the songwriters who occupied the famous Brill building in New York.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin & Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were often competing to write songs for the same recording artists. Their colleagues in the building were doing the same – people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Barry looks at Goffin and King & Mann and Weil’s astonishing output, songs like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’; ‘On Broadway’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place’ and traces how their partnerships grew and developed, both personally and in their song-writing, over the years.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040220190929Barry looks at four of the songwriters who occupied the famous Brill building in New York.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin & Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were often competing to write songs for the same recording artists. Their colleagues in the building were doing the same – people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Barry looks at Goffin and King & Mann and Weil’s astonishing output, songs like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’; ‘On Broadway’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place’ and traces how their partnerships grew and developed, both personally and in their song-writing, over the years.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040220190929Barry looks at four of the songwriters who occupied the famous Brill building in New York.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin & Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were often competing to write songs for the same recording artists. Their colleagues in the building were doing the same – people like Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Barry looks at Goffin and King & Mann and Weil’s astonishing output, songs like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’; ‘On Broadway’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place’ and traces how their partnerships grew and developed, both personally and in their song-writing, over the years.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040320191006

Barry marvels at the sheer output of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Literally hundreds of songs! Barry tells the story of the Bee Gees' rise to fame, from their early harmonising as youngsters to their first recording hit ‘Spicks and Specks’. He traces their career through their more sophisticated writing on songs like ‘Massachusetts’, ‘I Started a Joke’ and ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ to their domination of disco with their most celebrated album ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Barry also discusses how the group survived a mauling by the rock critics and went on to write a succession of smash hits for other artists including Barbra Streisand's ‘Guilty’ and ‘A Woman in Love’, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ for Dionne Warwick.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040320191006Barry marvels at the sheer output of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Literally hundreds of songs! Barry tells the story of the Bee Gees' rise to fame, from their early harmonising as youngsters to their first recording hit ‘Spicks and Specks’. He traces their career through their more sophisticated writing on songs like ‘Massachusetts’, ‘I Started a Joke’ and ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ to their domination of disco with their most celebrated album ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Barry also discusses how the group survived a mauling by the rock critics and went on to write a succession of smash hits for other artists including Barbra Streisand's ‘Guilty’ and ‘A Woman in Love’, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ for Dionne Warwick.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry marvels at the sheer output of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Literally hundreds of songs! Barry tells the story of the Bee Gees' rise to fame, from their early harmonising as youngsters to their first recording hit ‘Spicks and Specks’. He traces their career through their more sophisticated writing on songs like ‘Massachusetts’, ‘I Started a Joke’ and ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ to their domination of disco with their most celebrated album ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Barry also discusses how the group survived a mauling by the rock critics and went on to write a succession of smash hits for other artists including Barbra Streisand's ‘Guilty’ and ‘A Woman in Love’, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ for Dionne Warwick.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040420191013

Barry turns his attention to the unique collaboration between Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The two writers came together when both responded to the same advertisement in the New Musical Express asking for songwriters. While Taupin wrote lyrics, he couldn’t write melodies and vice versa for Elton John. When both came together, an extraordinary partnership began. There would be no sitting in a room together bashing out songs (as with Carole King and Gerry Goffin or Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill) instead Taupin would simply write a lyric and send it to John. Unlike other writers who plan and discuss what kind of song they wanted to write, for Bernie Taupin and Elton John neither knows what the other is writing until the lyric is put on the piano – then inspiration for the melody strikes – or not! As Barry comments ‘It may just be the purest way of collaborating I’ve ever heard of, because you’re not creating with your mind, you’re creating with your gut’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040420191013Barry turns his attention to the unique collaboration between Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The two writers came together when both responded to the same advertisement in the New Musical Express asking for songwriters. While Taupin wrote lyrics, he couldn’t write melodies and vice versa for Elton John. When both came together, an extraordinary partnership began. There would be no sitting in a room together bashing out songs (as with Carole King and Gerry Goffin or Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill) instead Taupin would simply write a lyric and send it to John. Unlike other writers who plan and discuss what kind of song they wanted to write, for Bernie Taupin and Elton John neither knows what the other is writing until the lyric is put on the piano – then inspiration for the melody strikes – or not! As Barry comments ‘It may just be the purest way of collaborating I’ve ever heard of, because you’re not creating with your mind, you’re creating with your gut’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry turns his attention to the unique collaboration between Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The two writers came together when both responded to the same advertisement in the New Musical Express asking for songwriters. While Taupin wrote lyrics, he couldn’t write melodies and vice versa for Elton John. When both came together, an extraordinary partnership began. There would be no sitting in a room together bashing out songs (as with Carole King and Gerry Goffin or Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill) instead Taupin would simply write a lyric and send it to John. Unlike other writers who plan and discuss what kind of song they wanted to write, for Bernie Taupin and Elton John neither knows what the other is writing until the lyric is put on the piano – then inspiration for the melody strikes – or not! As Barry comments ‘It may just be the purest way of collaborating I’ve ever heard of, because you’re not creating with your mind, you’re creating with your gut’.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

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It may surprise people to see the ‘Father of Electronic Dance Music’ Giorgio Moroder included in a series about the art of song-writing. In this programme Barry looks at the particular song writing talent required to compose with computers. Moroder was the champion of ‘The Moog’ which changed the sound of modern music fundamentally after its invention. Lyric writing would have to change too, a point that Barry vividly illustrates by singing the lyric of Johnny Mercer’s ballad ‘Moon River’, and his own ‘Copacobana’, over the original track to ‘I Feel Love’. In this episode, we hear how songs began to be built up with nothing more than an electronic pulse, then adding a bass line, synthesizer sounds, drums and so on. Whereas in the golden age the lyric might come first, now it would come last, and it’s shape would be dictated by the track. A revolution in the way songs are written had begun.

Barry Manilow looks at the impact made by songwriter and producer Georgio Moroder.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

040520191020It may surprise people to see the ‘Father of Electronic Dance Music’ Giorgio Moroder included in a series about the art of song-writing. In this programme Barry looks at the particular song writing talent required to compose with computers. Moroder was the champion of ‘The Moog’ which changed the sound of modern music fundamentally after its invention. Lyric writing would have to change too, a point that Barry vividly illustrates by singing the lyric of Johnny Mercer’s ballad ‘Moon River’, and his own ‘Copacobana’, over the original track to ‘I Feel Love’. In this episode, we hear how songs began to be built up with nothing more than an electronic pulse, then adding a bass line, synthesizer sounds, drums and so on. Whereas in the golden age the lyric might come first, now it would come last, and it’s shape would be dictated by the track. A revolution in the way songs are written had begun.

Barry Manilow looks at the impact made by songwriter and producer Georgio Moroder.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0406Madonna20191027Barry Manilow assesses the songwriting career of Madonna from 'Like A Virgin' to 'Ray of Light' and beyond. Over thirty years Madonna has constantly and successfully changed direction, innovated and re-invented her sound, image and writing. Barry follows her development from the simple two chord structure of 'Into the Groove' to the sophisticated lyrical ideas behind 'Papa Don't Preach'. It's a career of continuous experimentation with new musical ideas, new images and a constant quest for the best in rock and pop music.

Barry Manilow looks at the songwriting and recording career of Madonna.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

Barry Manilow assesses the songwriting career of Madonna from 'Like A Virgin' to 'Ray of Light' and beyond. Over thirty years Madonna has constantly and successfully changed direction, innovated and re-invented her sound, image and writing. Barry follows her development from the simple two chord structure of 'Into the Groove' to the sophisticated lyrical ideas behind 'Papa Don't Preach'. It's a career of continuous experimentation with new musical ideas, new images and a constant quest for the best in rock and pop music.

Barry Manilow looks at the songwriting and recording career of Madonna.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0407Billy Joel20191103

Episode 7 of Barry Manilow's new series. Tonight features a man born in the Bronx, New York, who became one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time - Billy Joel. Inspired by The Beatles, who he saw on the Ed Sullivan television show in America, Billy Joel dropped out of high school to follow his dream of a career in music. 'I never knew that regular people could be pop stars' he says, 'When I saw the Beatles, they were like my friends. Just regular guys, not manufactured. And John had this look in his eye that said 'This is so ridiculous, come on!' ... and I thought well, it can be done.' Millions of record sales later Billy Joel holds a unique place as a songwriter who could write intelligent lyrics, beautiful ballads and catchy pop songs with seemingly equal ease. But of his writing he says, 'I don't just go to the mountain top and wait for the muse. I have to work at it. Mostly it's just banging away at the piano to hopefully get something!'

Barry Manilow looks at the recording career of the singer songwriter Billy Joel.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0407Billy Joel20191103Episode 7 of Barry Manilow's new series. Tonight features a man born in the Bronx, New York, who became one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time - Billy Joel. Inspired by The Beatles, who he saw on the Ed Sullivan television show in America, Billy Joel dropped out of high school to follow his dream of a career in music. 'I never knew that regular people could be pop stars' he says, 'When I saw the Beatles, they were like my friends. Just regular guys, not manufactured. And John had this look in his eye that said 'This is so ridiculous, come on!'... and I thought well, it can be done.' Millions of record sales later Billy Joel holds a unique place as a songwriter who could write intelligent lyrics, beautiful ballads and catchy pop songs with seemingly equal ease. But of his writing he says, 'I don't just go to the mountain top and wait for the muse. I have to work at it. Mostly it's just banging away at the piano to hopefully get something!'

Barry Manilow looks at the recording career of the singer songwriter Billy Joel.

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

Barry Manilow is back with a fourth series of 'They Write The Songs'.

0408Laura Nyro20191110

Barry Manilow looks at the career of the uniquely talented singer / songwriter, Laura Nyro. Among her admirers are Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Stephen Sondheim, yet Laura remains largely unknown to the public. Among her songs 'Stony End' a huge hit for Barbra Streisand, 'And When I Die' for the band 'Blood Sweat and Tears' and 'Sweet Blindness' for 'The Fifth Dimension'. Laura was a songwriting prodigy who made her first album when she was just nineteen. Her songs were sought out and recorded by, among others, Chet Atkins, Chris Connor, 'Mama' Cass Elliot, Maynard Ferguson, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstadt, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Frank Sinatra. Her unique style, with tempo changes and complex lyric writing, plus a determination to go her own way, produced several albums - none of which were successful! But all of which contain her extraordinary songs. In this programme Barry Manilow showcases her remarkable talent.

Barry Manilow discusses the unique talent of the influential singer songwriter Laura Nyro

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0408Laura Nyro20191110Barry Manilow looks at the career of the uniquely talented singer / songwriter, Laura Nyro. Among her admirers are Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Stephen Sondheim, yet Laura remains largely unknown to the public. Among her songs 'Stony End' a huge hit for Barbra Streisand, 'And When I Die' for the band 'Blood Sweat and Tears' and 'Sweet Blindness' for 'The Fifth Dimension'. Laura was a songwriting prodigy who made her first album when she was just nineteen. Her songs were sought out and recorded by, among others, Chet Atkins, Chris Connor, 'Mama' Cass Elliot, Maynard Ferguson, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstadt, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Frank Sinatra. Her unique style, with tempo changes and complex lyric writing, plus a determination to go her own way, produced several albums - none of which were successful! But all of which contain her extraordinary songs. In this programme Barry Manilow showcases her remarkable talent.

Barry Manilow discusses the unique talent of the influential singer songwriter Laura Nyro

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0409Paul Simon20191117

Barry Manilow discusses the work of one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time - Paul Simon. As one half of Simon and Garfunkel (with Art Garfunkel) he wrote, sang and produced a string of albums and hit records including 'The Sound of Silence', 'Mrs Robinson', 'Homeward Bound' 'Feelin Groovy', 'America' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Paul Simon then went on to pursue a successful solo career that included the groundbreaking album 'Graceland', featuring the huge hit 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes'; and added to his multi award winning career (including 16 Grammys) with Time Magazine listing him as one of the 'One Hundred People Who Changed the World'. In this programme Barry follows his career, from ambitious teenager to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Barry Manilow discusses the multi-award winning and multi-million selling - Paul Simon

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.

0409Paul Simon20191117Barry Manilow discusses the work of one of the most successful singer songwriters of all time - Paul Simon. As one half of Simon and Garfunkel (with Art Garfunkel) he wrote, sang and produced a string of albums and hit records including 'The Sound of Silence', 'Mrs Robinson', 'Homeward Bound' 'Feelin Groovy', 'America' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Paul Simon then went on to pursue a successful solo career that included the groundbreaking album 'Graceland', featuring the huge hit 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes'; and added to his multi award winning career (including 16 Grammys) with Time Magazine listing him as one of the 'One Hundred People Who Changed the World'. In this programme Barry follows his career, from ambitious teenager to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Barry Manilow discusses the multi-award winning and multi-million selling - Paul Simon

Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook.