Today's Birthday, June 17: American musician Barry Manilow (1943 - )
Barry Manilow would still be thrashing out classics like Copacabana well into his 70s if coronavirus hadn't beached his plans.
The evergreen US singer-songwriter was due to start a UK tour in May but, like many live events around the world, it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans had to settle for a taste of what they were missing on Good Morning Britain, with Manilow performing his 1989 hit When The Good Times Come Again from his home in Palm Springs, California.
Born Barry Alan Pincus in 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, Manilow took his mother's surname after his parents split. He played the accordion and piano, and developed a love of jazz and Broadway musicals through his stepfather.
Manilow was accepted into the Juilliard performing arts school and worked at CBS to pay the bills, starting in the mailroom and working up to music director for a talent show, Callback.
Manilow's own talents were noticed by a then-unknown Bette Midler, who hired him in 1971 as her pianist and musical director.
He signed his first record deal with Bell Records, releasing his debut self-titled album in 1973 and Barry Manilow II the year after.
He shot to stardom with his No.1 single Mandy, which was followed by a string of hits in the 1970s including Copacabana (At The Copa) and Looks Like We Made It.
Manilow shifted from pop to jazz, working with legends Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan and Gerry Mulligan ahead of releasing his 1984 album 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe.
After being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, Manilow moved to Las Vegas for a residency at the Hilton from 2005 to 2009.
The award-winning showman has sold more than 80 million records worldwide on the back of an unprecedented 38 hits in the top 40 charts.
At 73, he publicly came out as gay, telling People magazine he feared that doing so earlier would have disappointed his mostly female fan base.
Manilow and his manager Garry Kief married in 2014 after almost 40 years together.