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Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

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First broadcast: Sun 27 Sep 2009

Singer, Songwriter

Kirsty Young's castaway is Barry Manilow. He has been a hugely successful performer for more than 30 years but, in this intimate interview, Manilow describes how it was never the career he intended to have. He always knew he would be a musician, but thought his future lay behind the scenes, not at the front of the stage. Brought up by his mother and grandparents in Brooklyn, money was always scarce and family life often difficult - but when there was music playing in their apartment, Manilow says, the home was a happy one.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Judy Garland

2.

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Judy Garland

Over the Rainbow

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Johannes Brahms

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 3 in F major - 3rd movement

Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

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Man vs Wild - Survival Techniques from the Most Dangerous Places on Earth by Bear Grylls

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A piano

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