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Opening Arguments

He ain't no Hoagy Carmichael

If you want to know the truth, I wish Barry Manilow were still playing piano at the Richmond, Ind., Holiday Inn for $75 a week. Just one more way Playboy has contributed to the ruin of this country.

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Mon, 12/19/2005 - 2:04pm

This means those Playboy Advisor letters were real?

Joyce Coriell
Tue, 12/20/2005 - 6:43pm

Being a Barry Manilow fan for 34 years I do not appreciate your comment regarding
Barry. At last count he had a much larger following than you ever will.

Tue, 12/20/2005 - 7:12pm

Hmmmmmmm, let's see. Barry Manilow has the largest and most loyal Fan following in the world. Industry charts rank him the undisputed Number One Adult Contemporary Artist of All Time with record sales exceeding 65 million world-wide. 3,000 concerts around the world, 28 Platinum records, 43 albums, 38 Top 40 hits, 25 consecutive top 40 hits, a 30 year pop career when the industry standard is only 3 years, a best selling book, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Oscar nomination, a few hit TV specials, a musical or two, etc, etc, etc........

Barry (Not that one)
Wed, 12/21/2005 - 5:54am

Leo, when will you learn that the Manilow is not to be trifled with? Your commentary has apparently been noted over at the Barry Manilow fan club.

People, relax. Manilow's a singer, he's not Jesus Christ.

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 7:02am

"Manilow's a singer, not Jesus Christ"
Of course he's not Jesus Christ, no one said he was. Leo just needed some enlightening.

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 7:18am

When will men learn that they don't have a chance when and where Barry Manilow is concerned. So insult all you want, most of it is due to jealously anyway...

Leo Morris
Wed, 12/21/2005 - 7:24am

OK, I'm enlightened; Barry Manilow is popular. Still don't like his music, though. I once thought I had a following, but it turned out to be a stalker.

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 7:51am

"When will men learn that they don't have a chance when and where Barry Manilow is concerned. So insult all you want, most of it is due to jealously anyway..."

You fan club people are gross--and frightening. I encountered the same thing with a Garth Brooks fan years a go. No criticism is acceptable to you fan-clubbers. It's always, "you're just jealous." Ahem. You couldn't pay me enough money to trade lives with Garth Brooks or with Barry Manilow. I'd be embarassed to be either one of them. Now, let me trade lives and become Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), and you might have yourself a deal.

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 8:44am

Barry, the other one...

I'm sorry, but I don't remember anyone asking or even mentioning that you trade places with Barry or Garth for that matter. We all have our own ideas of who is the cream of the crop, and Barry happens to be mine..so lets not get to insulting here...But don't mess with Barry...the other one!!!

Leo Morris
Wed, 12/21/2005 - 9:26am

I once thought I'd like to trade places with Jerry Garcia; not only did I like his music, but traveling around the country playing music and partying all the time seemed like a great way to live. Boy, that would have worked out well, huh? On a lighter note: I have a friend who likes both "Holly, Jolly Christmas" (which I dissed in an earlier post and which is apparently bound up with her memories of some TV show she watched as a kid) AND Barry Manilow. She has threatened to seek out a recording of Barry Manilow singing that song and giving it to me for Christmas. See the post on the U.s. torture of prisoners in Afghanistan.

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 12:42pm

C'mon. I was all on your side with the Manilow-hating and the Jerry Garcia-adulating. Then you have to go and dis "Holly, Jolly Christmas", a wonderful song (at least when rendered by Burl Ives), from a classic Christmas show called, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Ah well, no one's perfect. A merry (and holly, jolly) Christmas to you anyway.

Mon, 12/26/2005 - 7:22am

Children, calm down there is no need to throw your toys out of the pram just because people love the Manilow. I have been an admirer for almost 25 years now and if he were still playing for $75/week at the Holiday Inn in Richmond/Ind., I'd be spending my summer holidays there instead of Vegas. However my hubbie and kids may not quite agree. Stop moaning and get your own life.