He was most popular in 70s and 80s a love song hit machine. He was a writer, composer,.singer and pianist. Fantastic performer too. Well he still is.
As you all know he came out just recently as being gay. One thing I love about his love songs they are about feelings. Love as magic. Love is remembering the past as tinged with tenderness. Could It Be Magic is about his friend Melissa Manchester so its really about feelings of love via friendship.
He is similar to Meatloaf whose songs are also about love but about the more physical aspects. Love in the real world in which love is complicated. Manilow is about idealized love.
Here is Weekends In New England from 2015 concert.
Thoughts on Manilow?