Here's an artist who often gets a bad rap - but Barry Manilow has written and produced some amazing music over the years (not to mention my favorite commercial when I was a child.) The guy has an ear...not to mention a nose and a sense of humor. Thanks to Dave from England and all the Maniloonies who suggested this quiz. I apologize for the U.S. bias - but I don't have access to very much U.K chart data. You'll know all these songs anyways.
1. In what city was Barry born?
2. Barry's first music job was as pianist, arranger, and producer for what outrageous singer?
3. His first hit went to Number 1 in the U.S. - what was it?
4. What Barry song includes the line "From Boston to Denver, and every town in between?"
5. Barry's "Could It Be Magic" was based on a piano piece by what classical composer?
6. Did Barry write "I Write The Songs?"
7. What Barry hit from 1976 should be adopted by Viagra for its commercials?
8. What is unusual about the lyrics of "Weekend In New England?"
9. Of Band-Aids, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, or State Farm Insurance, which musical commercial was not included in Barry's "Very Strange Medley?"
10. What was Barry's final Number 1 song in the U.S., from 1977?
11. Which of Barry's hits starts out with someone whistling?
12. She danced, he tended bar, a customer came in, fell for her, shot the bartender, and she became an alcoholic - and where did it all happen?
13. What 1978 hit for Barry was featured in the movie "Foul Play?"
14. Barry's last Top Ten in the U.S. was this song about a man's strained relationship with his father.
15. Barry had a minor U.S. hit in 1982 with a remake of which Four Seasons song?
16. His last U.S. hit, from late 1983, was written by longtime Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman. What was it called?
17. What was the name of the jazz album Barry recorded in the '80s?
Bonus: What breed of dog did Barry favor in the '70s?