Tribute to Paul Young (Mike & the Mechanics)

English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Young was born 17 June 1947 . Young initially came to prominence as the frontman of 1970s rock bandSad Café, with whom he achieved multiple UK Top 40 and US Billboard Hot 100 hits. He later enjoyed greater chart success sharing lead vocal duties with Paul Carrack in Mike + The Mechanics, the pop-rock band formed in 1985 by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford. In that band, Young would play various instruments as required, and serve as de factofrontman during live performances During his career, he provided lead vocals on several chart hits, including Sad Café’s “Every Day Hurts” and “My Oh My”, and Mike + The Mechanics’ “All I Need Is a Miracle”, “Word of Mouth”, “Taken In” and “Nobody’s Perfect”.Young possessed a wide vocal range, often utilising fifth octave head voice notes,and a voice characterised as “rich”. His early style has been likened to that of Mick Jagger; in the early 1980s, he began to explore a more emotive, often-breathy style. Rutherford said of Young, “He had a fantastic voice, one of the best rock voices of his generation…a complete natural.”Former Marillion vocalist and 1980s chart peer, Fish, described him as “one of the finest frontmen and singers from the history of the British music scene”, who exhibited “immense personality, glowing charisma and outrageous positivism.”Young died from the last in a series of heart attacks at his home in Hale, Altrincham on 15 July 2000

Can’t live Without you

American singer-songwriter and producer Barry Manilow was orn June 17, 1943. He is best known for such recordings as “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You”, and “Copacabana (At the Copa)”.In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, a feat equalled only by Herb Alpert, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Mathis. He has recorded a string of Billboard hit singles and multi-platinum albums that have resulted in his being named Radio & Records’ No. 1 adult contemporary artist and winning three straight American Music Awards for favorite pop/rock male artist.

Between 1974 and 1983 Manilow had three No. 1 singles and 25 that reached the top 40. Several well-known entertainers have praised Manilow, including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s saying, “He’s next.” In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, “Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.” As well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler andDionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. From February 2005 to Dec. 30, 2009, he was the headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, performing hundreds of shows before ending his relationship with the hotel. Since March 2010, he has headlined at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

Barry Manilow was born on this day in 1946, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate by  posting some songs, courtesy of YouTube

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