Barry Manilow: I’m Not Like Joan Rivers

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

In anticipation of a performance in Dublin yesterday, singer Barry Manilow sat down for a cozy conversation with the Independent. There was some talk of “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana,” but for the most part, Manilow used the opportunity to reveal some interesting tidbits about his family’s past, as well as about his present appearance.

Manilow told the Independent that he is “a secret Irishman.” While the Jewish community can proudly claim the 68-year-old singer as one of our own, we should also be aware of the fact that Barry Alan Pincus (he adopted Manilow, his mother’s maiden name, as his last name after his bar mitzvah) could have very well have been Barry Kelliher instead. That’s because his father was a non-Jewish Irish man named Harold Kelliher.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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