Music legend and New York native Barry Manilow drops by to chat with Rachael and sing two songs off his latest CD.
Rachael: "Do you have any favorite Manilow songs?"
Barry: "They change every night, they change every month. This month it's Could It Be Magic, the first one I ever wrote. I based it on a Chopin prelude. I've fallen back in love with it. It's 30 years old."
Rachael: "Do you have any songs that you're like 'I just can't perform'?"
Barry: "I'm very happy and I'm very proud to sing them all, but the audience changes. For instance, over the last two years, they didn't want to hear 'Looks Like We Made It.' I don't know why. I would do it, I'd kill myself every night with a big ending and then nothing. So we took it out of the show. And then suddenly it came back from the dead two months ago and I did it again -- the place went wild! So they tell me when they're ready for 'em."
Rachael: "You helped the kids out on America Idol. How would you have done at 16 on that show?"
Barry: "Oh, I would have failed miserably! I didn't know what I was doing at that age. I just wanted to be a musician. I had no eyes to be a singer or a performer -- never. I just wanted to be a musician/arranger, maybe a songwriter. But man, if you had put me up against those kids on American Idol I would have failed miserably."
Rachael asks Barry how he picked the songs for his CD, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties.
Barry: "There were a lot of choices. I sent out an e-mail to everybody I knew with 250 choices and asked them to pick their favorite 10 songs. They sent me back their lists, we compiled the answers and that's the album!"
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