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Barry Manilow has been a music icon since the 1970s — but there are still a few things even his biggest fans might not know about him!
While promoting his new album, 'Deam Duets,' Barry, 71, stopped by the Today Show on Monday, Dec. 16 to reveal some pretty interesting and personal facts. Scroll down to see!
Barry in 1976. (Photo Credit: Getty)
"I never wanted to be a performer," he said of the job. "I learned about being professional."
Many of the mini-pop tunes Barry penned years ago are still used in ads today! In fact, he wrote State Farm's well-known, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there," jingle! "I got [paid] $500 for that!" he said with a laugh.
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During a performance of his hit 'Copacabana,' Barry wore a frilly-sleeved top that the Smithsonian Institution asked if they could include in one of their collections. The singer was honored, but couldn't resist an easy joke. "I said in an interview, 'I always knew it would wind up in an institution,'" he recalled on 'Today.' "And they were so insulted they sent it back!"
After his song 'Mandy' topped the charts in 1974, "my life exploded into a million pieces," Barry said. But with the success came the assumption that he would go on tour, which the singer says totally scared him! "I just was not prepared; I was pretty awkward. But the audiences didn't seem to have any problem with me, and I'm still here," he revealed.
Barry performing in August 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty)