Well here’s one we didn’t see coming — by design.
Barry Manilow has revealed that he married his longtime manager Garry Kief a full year-ago, in a low-key ceremony before about 30 people at Manilow’s home in Palm Springs, Calif.
Manilow’s longtime assistant Marc Hulett, who’s a registered minister, officiated, while actress Suzanne Somers, a friend and neighbor, serves as the attendant. A lunch followed the ceremony.
Manilow was briefly married in 1964 to Susan Deixler, but the union lasted less than a year.
Meanwhile, Manilow is busy taking stock of his career on his current One More Time! tour, which he’s said will be his “last big tour” — at least until his next last big tour.
The trek coincides with the 40th anniversary of Manilow’s first big hit, “Mandy,” and he tells us that it’s very satisfying to survey what he’s accomplished musically during that time: “I was one of the lucky ones in so many ways…because every one of those earlier albums I was always trying to do all sorts of styles I had loved all my life, from big band to show tunes, whether they were original or not, but I was throwing in my cabaret, comedy stuff. But when finally after ‘REad ‘Em and Weep,’ which I think must’ve been 10 years of pop music, like I feel now it was enough of this. I had come up with every amazing trick I could come up with trying to make my pop music a little different than everybody else’s, and I kinda got a little stale and I told Clive (Davis) I’ve just got to do one for me now instead of doing one for the business. And that’s when I did ‘Paradise Cafe’ and that was another life-changing musical experience.”
Manilow’s tour currently runs through June 17, closing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.