♫ Somewhere In The Night ♫

Although the main criteria for a song to make it onto my music posts is that I have to like it (why on earth would I play something I don’t like???), I do consider my readers when I’m choosing a song, usually way into the wee hours.  I consider whether it was a hit, the type of music, the artist, and whether it played well in Canada and the UK, where about half of my readers live.  Tonight, however, is the exception.

ManilowTonight I am playing a song by Barry Manilow, who some will turn their noses up at, for his music is often considered passé.  This song peaked at #4 in the U.S., #3 in Canada, and as far as I can find was never even played in the UK.  I am playing it … because I like it, because it makes me think of someone, because I am incredibly sad tonight over the state of this nation that I once considered my home, and … just because I want to.  So, I hope you’ll listen, but if not, that’s okay too — at least you will enjoy the trivia.  If you hated it, give me a request and I’ll try to play something you like later this week!

Barry Manilow, even when he was at his peak in the 70s and 80s, was under-appreciated by the general populace, however a number of people in the music industry recognized his talent, including Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan, who once told him “Don’t stop doing what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.”

According to SongFacts …

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Barry Manilow got his start in the music industry by working as a commercial jingle writer. Many fans probably don’t realize that several of his slogans are still used today, including his lines for State Farm (“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there”) and Band-Aid (“I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me!”) Manilow also penned tunes for KFC, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and McDonald’s.

For years, Barry Manilow was a mainstay act in Las Vegas. In 2004, he signed a two-year deal with the Las Vegas Hilton to be the resident performer. The deal was extended for another two years in 2006. After doing some one-off shows in New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit from 2007 to 2008, Manilow announced that his final show at the Hilton in Vegas would take place on December 30th, 2009. However, in March 2010, the singer signed a new deal to be the resident guest at the Paris Hotel & Casino. In December 2011, Manilow finally ended his Vegas run after 7 years performing almost exclusively in Sin City.

In the late ’80s Barry Manilow used to live next to Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the Bel-Air region of California. Manilow told Us magazine that Secret Service was always around, with helicopters periodically flying over to keep the former US President protected. Manilow also joked that his new neighbors “cramped his style of sunbathing in the nude.”

In 2006, Australian officials announced that they were using Barry Manilow’s music to keep unruly hooligans off the streets. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, officials would blast Manilow’s tunes from 9pm to midnight to deter youth gangs from congregating in residential areas. In response, Manilow released a humorous statement arguing that the tactic wouldn’t work because the youths might actually like his music.

Barry Manilow was sued by an Arizona judge in 1993. The judge, who had recently attended a Manilow concert in Tucson, complained that the volume level of the show was far too loud and that he had contracted tinnitus by attending. Manilow’s production company, a concert promoter, and the city of Tucson were also named in the suit, which was eventually settled out of court.

Somewhere In the Night
Barry Manilow

Time, you found time enough to love
And I found love enough to hold you
So tonight I’ll stir the fire you feel inside
Until the flames of love enfold you
Layin’ beside you lost in the feeling
So glad you opened my door, come with me
Somewhere in the night we will know
Everything lovers can know
You’re my song, music too magic to end
I’ll play you over and over again
Lovin’ so warm, movin’ so right
Closin’ our eyes and feelin’ alive
We’ll just go on burnin’ bright
Somewhere in the night

You’ll sleep when the mornin’ comes
And I’ll lie and watch you sleepin’
And you’ll smile when you dream about the night
Like it’s a secret you’ve been keepin’
Layin’ beside you lost in the feeling
So glad you opened my door
You’re my song, music too magic to end
I’ll play you over and over again
Lovin’ so warm, movin’ so right
Closin’ our eyes and feelin’ alive
We’ll just go on burnin’ bright
Somewhere in the night

We’ll just go on burnin’ bright
Somewhere in the night!!

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Richard Kerr / Will Jennings
Somewhere In the Night lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

39 thoughts on “♫ Somewhere In The Night ♫

  1. Jill, Barry Manilow is a talented song writer. More women today are called “Mandy” because of one of his biggest hits. He liked his work, even though my taste prefers more rock and roll or blues bents. Keith

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  2. Never my scene, but heck he never caused anyone any hurt through his music so who am I to argue with the millions of fans?
    Anyways, you mentioned Neil Diamond, and that reminded me of….
    ‘Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show’…..which is a true ‘belter’ of song!
    So by degrees of separation….thanks Jill!

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      • I’ve made a note to check out the song Roger mentioned, for if I’ve ever known of it, I don’t remember it by the title. If I like it or remember having liked it, I’ll play it, for I do like Neil Diamond, and more so after the personal stories rawgod and another reader told me after i played ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’!

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      • It was a big hit back in ’69 (or thar abouts, yes siree).
        Naturally the Evangelicals of the time got their panties in a bunch because they thought it would be disrespectful….
        Then some actually listened to it and found out it was simply an observational song about a travelling preacher…..errr…preaching The Good Word.
        I think in some time and place I would like to be a raw-boned travelling preacher going around proclaiming and calling folk out for sins and hypocrisies and for us all to repent…..
        Yeah that’d be cool.

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        • Brother Love is far more sincere than these prosperity televangelists with four and five houses, several cars and airplanes. It is a great close to live album of Diamond’s I wore out.

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        • I still haven’t checked out the song … I cannot seem to get my head above water, but then I’ve been trying to wrap up a dozen or so client tax returns this week, so that may be taking up a bit of my time and energy. As re the preacher thing … as you’ve probably figured out by now, I have long since stopped thinking of the world in the way religionists think of it, for I’ve seen too much hypocrisy and cruelty in the name of religion, some of it directed at yours truly, from the time I was about six years old. So, I just take people at face value.

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          • Ah taxes…..
            Yeah that’s a heavy load to pull Jill. Best wishes on that.
            No doubt about it….Hell is going to be full of ‘true believers’.
            Hopefully I just get to serve a few thousand years in Purgatory on the Complaints Desk listening to them moan and demand their case is looked into…before they get dragged off on the next train down…..

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            • Most of them are relatively simple, but I have two clients, contractors, who use ‘percentage-of-completion’ accounting, and since their records aren’t always complete, it can be frustrating. All done now, except the printing & mailing.

              Sir Roger … if there is such a place as heaven, you should slide right in … no time spent in purgatory … for you are one of the best people I know.

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              • Ahhh, the satisfaction of ‘wrapping up’ the case 🤗..Well done Jill 👏.
                Thank you Jill for your kind words 😌.
                But strolling on up to ‘The Pearly Gates’ and saying ‘OK. Where’s my place?’ Will only get the angel on duty to lean on the counter say:
                ‘Oh yeah’ and start thumbing through the ledger and saying ‘Oh dear. Oh dear,’
                Better to go to cap in hand and say:
                ‘OK. I screwed up. Hope it wasn’t THAT bad,’ 😉

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  3. This is a lovely song, Jill. Barry Manilow was popular about the time I had to look after my widowed mother and my young children. I remember him but it’s a fleeting memory. I recently saw a movie on TV “Hell Boy and the Golden Army” which featured his song “I Can’t Smile Without You”. I thought “that’s beautiful”, so I looked it up. Thanks for sharing this one. 😊— Suzanne

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  4. I could be wrong, but if memory serves me correctly this is the first time that you have featured Barry Manilow…at least since I came on board the Filosofa train! I do recall on a Neil Diamond song posted over a year ago that in my comment I had noted that not liking Neil was like saying you did not like Barry Manilow…unthinkable, at least to me. Oh my stars, where to begin when there is so much to be said, so many wonderful albums and songs that should be mentioned, so much trivia that wants to be shared…so little space and alas, too few who are interested save myself! But, I am undaunted at the prospect of being ignored or chastised. Therefore, I shall do my best to not go wandering off on tangents as the unchecked Propensity for Loquacity would have me do. Albums : It would be far easier to list the albums that I do not have rather than the long list of those that I own. I began with the first eponymous “Barry Manilow” in 1973 (which later became “Barry Manilow l”) and followed with “Barry Manilow ll” in 1974. He has a certain fondness for his recognizable name as another “Barry Manilow” was released in 1989, with “Barry” in 1980 and “Manilow” in 1985. Stretching from July 1973 through to February 14, 2020’s “Night Song ll” the collection of albums has grown to far too many to count and list. I must mention four later albums that I am particularly fond of : “Greatest Songs of the Fifties” in Jan. 2006; “Greatest Songs of the Sixties” in Oct. 2006, “Greatest Songs of the Seventies” in Sept. 2007 and “Greatest Songs of the Eighties” in Nov. 2008. Then there are the three Christmas albums from 1990. 2002, and 2007. I’ll end the list of albums with one that is more recent and fantastic : “My Dream Duets” released in October of 2014. This album has duets with 11 lost legends that is amazing : John Denver, Mama Cass, Whitney Houston and even Jimmy Durante along with 7 others talented singers from days gone by. If I were to have to choose one favorite song over all others, it would be nigh unto impossible. One of the most favorites is “I Write the Songs from the 1975 “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling album. Barry Manilow, as you may know, married his high school girlfriend in 1964 and that lasted for less than 2 years with no children. He has said that he had to make a choice between a career in music or her…obviously, she lost. He met Gary Kief in 1978 and has had a more than 40 year relationship with him. During that time they raised Kief’s daughter, Kirsten,who was a toddler when they met. They married in 2014, but it did not hit the news until 2017. His sexuality had been indirectly hinted at for most of his long career and there was little fanfare when he formally “came out”. I cannot even begin to list the numerous concerts attended over the years, though there have been none since 2016. “One Last Time” on March 17, 2016 in Hershey, Pennsylvania was attended with a friend who still resided near there. One last thing! It seems that many musical artists mess with Mother Nature when Father Time stomps across their faces. Barry Manilow has vehemently denied having plastic surgery on his face. If you look, you cannot help but notice questionable tautness of his wrinkle-free face and the unnaturally plump cheeks for anyone 76 years of age with a turkey neck supporting the head. He has been accused of undergoing the knife as early as 1995, with follow-ups surgeries from 2003 to 2006 and again as recent as 2014. He did admit to having nose surgery in the early 2000’s after reporting that he broke his nose by walking into a door…no on ever buys that story! It matters not to me but, like Kenny Rogers, I have to wonder why he messed with a face that had character when he possesses that voice! Barry Manilow has always been popular on the charts but for the most part, less appreciated by the critics. As he once said in an interview ” “I’m like Starbucks, you can’t get away from me.” Why would you want to? Thank-you!

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      • Actually, probably not, and I enjoyed every bit of it, but the length is why I am late answering. Sometimes, when I’m running way behind, I set lengthier comments aside to respond to later … and often later is the next day!

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    • You are quite right that this is the first Manilow tune I have posted, and frankly, I’m not quite sure why … oversight, I think. I always liked Manilow … not like I liked James Taylor or Stevie Wonder, but still … nice music. I will probably play Copacabana here soon, for it’s been stuck in my head for two days now! If I said, and I have no doubt I did since you have the best memory of anybody I know, that I didn’t like him, I was wrong! Of the albums you list, the one that piques my interest the most is “My Dream Duets” … I must look into that one. No, I did NOT know that Manilow had married his high school girlfriend!!! I’m stunned, for I know that he is gay and is now happily married to the man he loves, though it was a long time before he came out. You are a vault of wonderful trivia!!! Sigh … yes, in researching for this post, I did see numerous pictures of Barry in recent years, and a clip that certainly set my teeth on edge, as while he spoke, his face did not move. There is, in my opinion, no doubt that he has had a number of plastic surgeries, and I bet the natural look would have been so much more pleasant. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to mess with Mother Nature. Thank you, dear Ellen, for adding context to this post! “I Write the Songs” just might pop up one day soon … y’never know!

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  5. Middle of the road songs have their place as must the writers, arrangers and singers of them.Barry did a creditable job with all those things. This song doesn’t seem to tie together as some of his work but it’s OK.
    cwtch

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  6. Never a Manilow fan, his sound was too syrupy for me. I’m trying to get up the courage to hit the start button, because I try to listen to everything you post, but so far no go. (You have already played a lot of songs for me, so I won’t hold you to your word. But if you want to, do you remember a one-hit wonder called Count Five? The song, Psychotic Reaction.)

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  7. This took me back to 1991 working at the New Light 100 (light Rock) during the midnight to 6:00 am shift. The station tag line was “More music Less Talk.” Somewhere in the Night was how I felt in those days. I wasn’t a big Berry fan but he did have some beautiful songs.

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    • As I read this comment, and thought back to several others, I have concluded that you have what my late-ex-husband used to refer to as a “mind like a steel trap”. Every song, you can remember what you were doing, where you were working! I’m impressed! I can barely remember yesterday! He had several that I liked, but this one just strikes a chord somewhere in my heart.

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      • I think his breakout song was “I write the Songs.” Yes, I have been accused of having a photographic memory. I like the idea of steel trap though. I think music was a way to underscore different events in my life. I started to get serious about it in 1955 when I got a 45 player for my 14th birthday. After that it was all a matter of allowing a song to evolk a memory. Now when I hear one from the past I get either a good memory or one I would rather not have. In all? It is a good thing. Thanks, Jill.

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        • Indeed, it seems that it would be a good thing … I remember many songs, but couldn’t tell you where I was or what I was doing. My whole past, in fact, is rather a jumble … I can remember specific incidents, but not a timetable, not an entire picture. Perhaps because I’ve tuned out the parts that were … less than pleasant … which was much of it. Ah well, from life’s experiences we grow into who we are, for better or for worse.

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    • Yes, I love Helen Reddy and listened to her version last night, but … to me, Manilow’s was the best. I liked much of his music, though back in the day, it was considered ‘nerdy’ to like Manilow! But then, I was always a nerd anyway!

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