Another addition to the Manhattans' bulging cache of mellow sounds. Gerald Alston, Winnie Lovett, Ernest Bivens and Kenny Kelly made a career of recording romance, heartache and make-out tunes. The popular "We Never Danced to a Love Song" fits in well with their other ballads, as does the majestic "It Just Can't Stay this Way" and "Let's Start All Over Again." They hit the charts with the somewhat contrived "I Kinda Miss You," and the title track, the eloquent "It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad" is classic - the harmony is tight and they add a little doo wop for good measure.
The Umbria Jazz Festival is one of the most important jazz festivals in the world and has been held annually since 1973, usually in the month of July, in Perugia, Italy. Furthermore, the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival takes place annually in late December to early January in the city of Orvieto. Since its start the festival turned into a quality jazz fiesta, one of the leading festivals in Europe. The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy attracts over 200,000 people each year for 10 days of live jazz music performed by critically acclaimed artists from around the world.
"Barry" is the self-titled album released by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow in 1980. The album reached Platinum status. The tracks were recorded at Evergreen Recording Studios in Burbank, California. Manilow co-wrote with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire the album track "Only in Chicago". "We Still Have Time" was taken from the film Tribute.
John is best known as Olivia Newton-John's primary songwriter and producer. This, his only solo album, was released in 1980. It includes several tracks that appeared on Olivia's albums. John wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks and plays most of the instruments, supported by a few excellent session musicians including the late great Mike Botts from Bread, Michael Boddicker and Mike Pocaro. This album is an excellent showcase of John's talents and has stood the test of time very well. A mixture of ballads and rockers, all expertly produced.