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Melissa Manchester


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Manchester was born in the Bronx area of New York city to a musical family of Jewish descent. Her father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Manchester started a singing career at an early age, learning the piano and harpsichord at the Manhattan School of Music and Arts, singing commercial jingles at age 15, and becoming a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts.

She studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon. Manchester then appeared on the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow, who took her on as a backup singer in 1971.

Her debut album, Home to Myself, was released in 1973; Manchester co-wrote many of its songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Two years later Manchester’s album Melissa produced her first top ten hit, “Midnight Blue”. Manchester collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write Loggin’s 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Whenever I Call You Friend”. At this time, she guest-starred on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow to teach a main character, who was a singer-songwriter, the essentials of the craft. In 1979 Manchester made the top ten with her version of Peter Allen’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.


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  • Braveheart53


    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bonnietylersave

    Something tells me she's going to be a new favourite!!!

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • jacobinfl1


    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Her voice is fantastic!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • kbnison

    I'll always think of her as Blossom's mom.

    26 Jun 2010 Reply

    one more time, if weee try!!!!I think we can make it (give your HEART to a Friend) ; ....etc............. goooooood lesson's to remember through out life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Apr 2009 Reply

    don't cry out high and ......

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • peternen

    Catching sound.

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    I gotta listen to more Melissa.

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Clearsky54

    Melissa Manchester is one of the finest singers and songwriters of the 20th century and is consistently underrated. She's too good--that's why. What can't she do? Her voice is so big and full and rich. Her songs are so powerful and emotional, that, really, I think record companies thought to themselves: "What is she, Broadway? Cabaret? I don't get it." So they tried to force her into a pop songbird, which she could do beautifully as well. Fabulous wonderful singer, full of life, love and music, a spirt shining with magical talent that I hope others can discover and appreciate. You are loved Melissa!

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wowugotit

    She's so underrated as an artist.

    24 May 2008 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    No shouts??? Wonderful lady! One of my faves!

    30 Aug 2007 Reply

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