WCL: Music legend Barry Manilow

With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Barry Manilow's success is a benchmark in popular music.

His concerts sell out instantly. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard Magazines. Rolling Stone crowned him "a giant among entertainers? the showman of our generation," and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol' Blue Eyes told the British press, "He's next."

He is playing tonight and Saturday at the Chicago Theatre (www.chicagotheatre.com).

To date, 29 albums by Manilow have been certified plati¬num, while Barry Manilow/Live (1977), Even Now (1978), and Greatest Hits (1978) are each certified triple platinum.

Highlights of Manilow's theater career range from his Tony® Award-winning Broadway debut in 1977 (in the same year that ABC-TV presented The Barry Manilow Special to an audience of 37 million) to an SRO eight-week run on the Great White Way in 1989. Beginning in 1997, Barry Manilow's Copacabana ? The Musical, an elaborate two-act spectacular, played to packed houses in London's West End for 18 months before touring the U.S., Australia and Asia. June 2001 saw the opening of Could It Be Magic? ? The Barry Manilow Songbook.

In June 2002, Manilow was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music's Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Ashford & Simpson, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman, and Sting.

For more information go to www.manilow.com.