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Barry Manilow

Kirsty Young's castaway is singer-songwriter Barry Manilow.

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]

Favourite track: Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland
Book: Man vs Wild - Survival Techniques from the Most Dangerous Places on Earth by Bear Grylls
Luxury: A piano.

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45 minutes

Music Played

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  • Frank Sinatra

    One for My Baby

    • The Capitol Years.
    • Capitol.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Judy Garland

      Over the Rainbow

      • Best of the Capitol Years.
      • Capitol.
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet

    What is There to Say?

    • What is There to Say? The Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
    • Avan-Guard.
  • Bob Gaudio

    Candide

    • Candide.
    • Sony Broadway.
  • Laura Nyro

    Emmie

    • Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.
    • Columbia.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F major - 3rd movement

    • Brahms: Serenade No.2/Symphony No.3.
    • London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sting

    Fragile

    • Nothing Like the Sun.
    • A & M.
  • Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

    Don't Give Up

    • Shaking the Tree.
    • Virgin.
  • Book Choice

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

  • Luxury Choice

    • A piano

Credits

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Barry Manilow

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