It’s his birthday

Famed singer and songwriter Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He turns 76 today.

He appeared in Kankakee

In November of 1967, an up-and-coming, 24-year-old Manilow spent a week singing and performing on the piano of the Waterloo Lodge of the former Little Corporal restaurant in Kankakee.

A prolific hit maker

Forty-six of Manilow’s songs have reached the Billboard Adult Contemporary top 40 charts, including 13 that reached No. 1 and 28 that cracked the top 10.

On tour now

Manilow is currently on tour. All 2019 dates will be performed in either Hollywood, Las Vegas or New York.

A McDonald’s pitchman

Before Manilow realized stardom, his voice could be heard singing “You Deserve A Break Today” on early 1970s ads for McDonald’s.

Sources: biography.com, the Daily Journal