Copacabana (At The Copa) (4:01)

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“Copacabana” is a 1978 disco song, sung by Barry Manilow and written by Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow, and Bruce Sussman. It is also known as “At the Copa” after the first few words of the refrain. It debuted on Billboard magazine’s Top 40 chart on July 7, 1978, and peaked at #8. It peaked at #42 in the UK the same year. A remixed version of the song peaked at #22 in 1993. The record earned for Manilow his first (and only, to date) Grammy Award in February 1979 and his first gold single for a song he composed.[1]

The song’s title refers to the famous New York City night club, the Copacabana night club. As per the lyrics “… at the Copa, Copacabana, hottest spot north of Havana …”, and tells the story of Lola, a showgirl, and her lover Tony, a bartender at the club.

The recording was used as incidental music in the 1978 movie Foul Play, which starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, and has been featured in over a dozen other films. The single version clocks in at 4:08, the Extended Disco version is titled “Copacabana (At the Copa) (Disco)” and is 5:46. As opposed to a commercial 12” single, the extended version was on the B-side of the 45 and can also be found on Manilow’s first Greatest Hits double album.

Manilow released a Spanish version shortly after the English version. Available as a 12” disco single, “Copacabana (En el Copa)”, didn’t chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but was used by dance club disc jockeys.


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Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would meringue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • filmbernie

    ich mag den manilow nicht besonders, aber diesen titel bringt er klasse rüber !

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    From the Even Now album: Barry Manilow recalls that the music for "Copacabana" came incredibly fast. "I remember putting the lyric on the piano's music stand, punching the "Record" button on my tape deck, and writing the song in less than 15 minutes." Co-writer Bruce Sussman adds, "We THOUGHT we were writing the novelty cut for Barry's Even Now album. "Copacabana" surprised everyone - certainly us, and especially Arista Records, for they were faced with the first of Barry's hits that was forced off an album. This put Barry in the unique position of having 3 hit records in the Top 40 at once. It earned for him his first - and believe it or not, only - Grammy Award, his first gold single for a song he composed, his first international hit record, and the first song to inspire projects in other media (a made for TV film, and a stage musical). So much for novelty cuts!"

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • manilowfan1

    Love Mr. Manilow, his music, his passion for all he does, his humor, his melodies, the joy he brings to all who listen. He really does succeed in making a listener feel! I feel calm and relaxed when I listen to his voice, singing, speaking, laughing, giggling. His music has brought me through various stages of my life.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • dosidicus

    ...don't fall in love!

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hotcoco69

    I love Barry!! I saw him on 29 Febuary 2012, at the Centurylink center in Omaha and I gotta tell ya, HE WAS AWESOME!!! Great Performer!!!! Also, a great storyteller!!!

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    The Hollies had a long cool woman in a black dress but her name wasn't Lola

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • mexelf

    This came out in 1978. Why is it listed as 80s?

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    I find this so very sad...poor Lola, she lost her Tony............doesn't stop me dancing around joyfully to it though....great stuff!!!

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Music and Passion were always the Fashion...

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dartotheren

    This song makes me want to learn how to dance! Haha

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • supersteveme

    Lola wasnt a man for the Hollies,it was the Kinks

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BellaPyper

    The best!! :) I love Barry!!

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • j41m66a69

    If u listen to the Hollies Lola was a man.

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • emeralzluv

    Nothing like a little Barry M in the morning

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • GatoSafado31

    There use to a bar here in Houston named the Copa. Ah I loved that place.

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Olskoolgurl

    One of my guilty pleasures:0}...Never realized Lola was a hasbeen:0}

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • macychick

    fun song, it makes me smile

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Chiqlette

    I saw him live in London way back when. He was great, even if his hair was sprayed within an inch of its life.

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • murjanb

    Wow never really listened 2 the lyrics...Horrible Story, Upbeat Song lol

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • lovkraft

    Finally a song that matches my favorite drink, a Campari & Tonic.

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
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