Do you know what really bugs me? People who diss Barry Manilow's music. People mock his songs and his voice. They make fun of his light tunes and his disco rhythms. It drives me nuts because he is actually a talented singer who had five albums on the top charts simultaneously (a feat only achieved by Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Mathis). He has sold more the 80 million records worldwide, the guy is a smash success with fans such as Bob Dylan as well as many other artists. He had ten number one hits in the seventies. He deserves respect.
And beyond that he was a prolific commercial jingle writer, crafting such classics as "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there..." and "I am stuck on Band-Aid, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me!" He even sang some great commercials like McDonald's "You deserve a break today". The point I am trying to make is that his work is ingrained in the American psyche from the ads to the songs. From Mandy to McDonalds he is a part of the American fabric and deserves respect. When people diss Manilow is really bugs me, so Barry, this one's for you and where ever you are.