Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Barry Manilow Halloween Surprise: “I Sing with Dead People” Duets with the Deceased


Oh my god. Hilarious. Barry Manilow has recorded an album of duets with dead people. They are all dead. Dead, dead, dead. And he’s releasing it a few days before Halloween on October 27th.

After all, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett have duets albums. Why not Barry? Of course, Barbra did resurrect Elvis for her album. Now it’s Barry’s turn to be the crypt keeper.

And what a group! Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Durante he got from one of those Hollywood Boulevard souvenir shops. Whitney Houston? Why not Michael Jackson? (Probably couldn’t get permission.) Barry’s also got Andy Williams, Louis Armstrong, “Mama” Cass Elliot, Sammy Davis Jr., Dusty Springfield, John Denver, and Frankie Lymon.

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“My Dream Duet” is the name of the album. Barry didn’t dream of singing with people who were alive– and breathing. No, it was a visit to the cemetery that turned him on.

One thing you can say about this– Barry won’t have to fight with the duet singers over interpretation.

Here’s the track list. Disappointed– no “Monster Mash.”

The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart,” with Jimmy Durante
“Goody Goody,” with Frankie Lymon
“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” with Mama Cass
“I Believe In You and Me,” with Whitney Houston
“Sunshine on My Shoulders,” with John Denver
“Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” with Judy Garland
“Moon River,” with Andy Williams
“The Look of Love,” with Dusty Springfield
“The Candyman,” with Sammy Davis, Jr.
“I Wanna Be Loved by You,” with Marilyn Monroe
“What a Wonderful World”/”What a Wonderful Life,” with Louis Armstrong

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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