Sunday, April 21, 2024

Barry Manilow Comes After Mariah Carey with a Surprise Version of Her “All I Want for Christmas” Perennial


All Barry Manilow wants for Christmas is a hit with his cover of Mariah Carey’s holiday song.

Manilow dropped “All I Want for Christmas” last Friday with little fanfare. But now it’s jumped up to number 4 on iTunes holiday song list. His spare version is a welcome relief to Carey’s Phil Spector wall of sound perennial. Manilow’s voice never sounded better.

Meanwhile, Manilow’s Broadway musical, “Harmony,” opens Monday with all new songs. He’d like that to be a hit, too, Santa.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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