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Melissa Manchester

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MOR singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, began singing commercial jingles at age 15 and went on to become a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School of Performing Arts. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow; the two hired her as a backup singer in 1971. She recorded her debut album, Home to Myself, in 1973, co-writing many of the songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Released in 1975, Melissa produced her first Top Ten hit, "Midnight Blue," and set the tone for most of her career with its direct, slickly produced MOR pop sound. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the latter's 1978 duet hit with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend," and the following year, Manchester returned to the Top Ten with "Don't Cry Out Loud." In 1980, Manchester became the first singer to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards (Ice Castles and The Promise); two years later she achieved her highest Billboard singles chart placement with the number five hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Through the '80s and '90s, Manchester alternated occasional recording with scriptwriting and acting, appearing with Bette Midler in For the Boys and on the television series Blossom as the title character's birth mother. In spring 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in ten years. When I Look Down That Road, which included collaborations with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Keb' Mo' and marked her first proper release with Koch. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Melissa Manchester

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    14 songs

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    You Gotta Love the Life

    11 songs

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    Joy

    10 songs

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    Better Days & Happy Endings

    10 songs

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    Emergency

    11 songs

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    For the Working Girl

    10 songs

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    Help Is on the Way

    10 songs

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    Hey Ricky

    10 songs

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    Home to Myself

    12 songs

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    When I Look Down That Road

    11 songs

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    Don't Cry Out Loud [Expanded]

    10 songs

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    Singin'

    10 songs

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    Melissa

    10 songs

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    Tribute

    3 songs

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    The Best Of

    10 songs

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    Mathematics

    2 songs

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    Open Spaces and Gas Stations

    1 song

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    The Power of Ribbons

    14 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Melissa Manchester

    12 songs

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    Platinum & Gold Collection

    19 songs

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    The Essence of Melissa Manchester

    10 songs

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    Don't Cry Out Loud

    13 songs

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    Melissa Manchester [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Singin' [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Angel Dance

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Top Songs by
Melissa Manchester

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  2.   Don't Cry Out Loud
  3.   Midnight Blue
  4.   You Should Hear How She Talks About You
  5.   Through the Eyes of Love
  6.   Just Too Many People
  7.   Be My Baby
  8.   Big Light
  9.   You Gotta Love the Life
  10.   Just You and I
  11.   Skylark
  12.   To Be in Love with Me
  13.   Higher Ground
  14.   Ode to Paul
  15.   A Mother's Prayer
  16.   If My Heart Had Wings
  17.   White Christmas
  18.   Medley
  19.   Don't Let Me Walk This Road Alone
  20.   If It Feels Good (Let It Ride)
  21.   Ruby and the Dancer
  22.   How Does It Feel Right Now
  23.   There's Still My Joy
  24.   Doing the Best (That He Can)
  25.   Moments Like This
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Melissa Manchester

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    Jennifer Nettles: I Am The DJ

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    '70s Hits

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    '80s Hits

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    Vocal Standards


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