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"), for which he adopted a childlike voice and wrote the music (Donald B Wood wrote the lyrics).
His singing-only credits include commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi ("all across the nation, it's the Pepsi generation"), Mc Donald's ("you deserve a break today"), and Dr Pepper.
His #1 hit "I Write the Songs" was composed by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.
According to album liner notes, Manilow did, however, perform co-production as well as arrangement duties on all the above tracks along with Ron Dante, most famous for his vocals on records by The Archies.
Bell had its final #1 hit in January 1975 with Manilow's breakthrough number-one hit, "Mandy" (Bell 45,613), followed shortly by the label's final hit, as well as its final single, "Look in My Eyes Pretty Woman" by Tony Orlando and Dawn (Bell 45,620—US #11) after which the more successful Bell albums were reissued on Arista.
The very last releases utilizing the Bell imprint have the designation "Bell Records, Distributed by Arista Records, 1776 Broadway, New York, New York 10019" around the rim of the label.
Despite being a songwriter in his own right, several of Manilow's commercial successes were songs written by others.
This was quickly followed by Manilow Magic – The Best Of Barry Manilow, also known as Greatest Hits.Following the success of Barry Manilow II, the first Bell Records album was remixed and reissued on Arista Records as Barry Manilow I.When Manilow went on his first tour, he included in his show what he called "A V. M.", or "A Very Strange Medley", a sampling of some of the commercial jingles that he had written, composed, and/or sung in the 1960s.The medley appeared later on his quadruple-platinum 1977 album Barry Manilow Live.
Among their projects together were numerous appearances by Manilow on Clark's productions of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, singing his original seasonal favorite "It's Just Another New Year's Eve"; American Bandstand anniversary shows; American Music Awards performances; and the 1985 television movie Copacabana, starring Manilow and executive produced by Clark.Among other songs on the album were Jon Hendricks' vocalese jazz standard "Cloudburst", most successfully recorded by his group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in 1959, and a slower-tempo version of "Could It Be Magic." The latter's music was based on Chopin's "Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20", and provided Donna Summer with one of her first hits.