From the Backshop: Manilow one honoree for June 16 gala

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow, the award-winning songwriter and vocalist, is to be among the honorees at the June 16 gala at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts, we have learned. Manilow and others to be named next month will be inductees to the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame at the Center. The Center has soft-launched table sales for the formal event on a one-on-one basis, and they are said to be priced at $7,500 for corporate tables and $5,000 for others. Each table is to seat 10 persons. John Hughey, director of external relations for the Center, said Michael Feinstein, the Center’s artistic director, will launch the public phase of table sales on Feb. 15, when he will announce all the Hall of Fame inductees along with specific gala details. The Hall of Fame will induct new artists each year, recognizing their contributions to the Songbook. This is the second gala for The Palladium; the initial gala last Jan. 25 was a sellout, and its tickets were the most sought-after that Hamilton County ever has seen. Krieg DeVault is sponsoring the June event. To be clear, the June gala is not a Manilow concert; he will attend and perform, but that represents only a portion of the evening. Manilow, who you may not know also is a jingle writer of strong repute, is a highly decorated performer. Among his many honors: 1978-1980 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Barry Manilow: Music and Passion, 1977 Emmy for Outstanding Special – Comedy-Variety or Music for The Barry Manilow Special, 1979 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Copacabana and a 2002 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As for his jingles, if you believe “You deserve a break today,” or you need to “Grab a bucket of chicken …” then Manilow led you to McDonald’s or KFC, respectively. And if you’re “… stuck on Band-Aid, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me,” then the good folks at Johnson & Johnson thank you. Among others, Manilow has written jingles for State Farm, Pepsi, Stridex and Dr. Pepper. We can’t wait to learn of the rest of the lineup for June.

– Brian Kelly and Steve Greenberg (info@youarecurrent.com)