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Keck's Exclusives: Barry Manilow to Headline PBS's A Capitol Fourth

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He's ready to take a chance again. Barry Manilow will to return to the west lawn of our nation's capitol on July 4 to headline PBS's annual A Capitol Fourth live concert event.

Manilow performed at the concert four years ago and tells me his best memory occurred as he was belting out his inspirational classic, "Let Freedom Ring." "On the last key change, as the song built to the most powerful moment, the most brilliant fireworks shot into the sky and continued until the last note of the song," recalls Manilow, who will conclude this year's performance with the same number. "The fireworks were timed precisely and exactly to the beat of the modulation. It was one of the most thrilling moments I can remember."

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Barry Manilow, Suzanne Somers Make Bizarre Pact to Plan Each Other's Funerals

Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers

As morbid as it sounds, Barry Manilow can rest easy knowing that when he dies, he could go out in style. That's because he and his best friend, Suzanne Somers, made a pact to produce each other's funerals ... or at least one will for "whoever goes first."

On Wednesday's The Talk, the ladies and guest host Somers sat down with Manilow, who was promoting his new album, "15 Minutes." The BFFs revealed that they... read more

Hugh Martin, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Songwriter, Dies at 96

Hugh Martin

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song." read more

Dick Clark to Be Honored at Daytime Emmys

Dick Clark

The Daytime Emmys will feature a tribute to American Bandstand and Dick Clark.

Cher, Barry Manilow, Jay Leno and Simon Cowell are among the stars that will help salute Clark, who hosted Bandstand from... read more

Conan O'Brien Welcomes First Guests Back For Possible Final Episode

Will Ferrell, Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien will welcome a range of talent including director Quentin Tarantino and O'Brien's first ever Tonight Show guest, Will Ferrell, as the late-night host prepares to split with... read more

Barry Manilow Brings the '70s Back to Life

Barry Manilow, Songs from the Seventies

When he burst onto the music scene with "Mandy" in '74, Barry Manilow invented the power ballad and in the process changed prom songs forever. The rest of the Me Decade would prove the singer unstoppable (even by critics) as he produced a string of hits and created a loyal following of fans who found in his lush music an escape from the hard rock of the times. These days the Brooklyn boy is still making good, with a new CD for the holidays, In the Swing of Christmas (available at Hallmark stores), and a TV special, Barry Manilow: Songs from the Seventies (premiering Dec. 3 on PBS, check TV Guide listings), proving that much like the power ballad, Manilow will never go out of style. TVGuide.com: It seem like you're busier than ever.Barry Manilow: Just when I think I'm done it explodes again, I'm just amazed. I g read more

An Elimination Shocker!

So long Sabrina. Sabrina Bryan, Mark Ballas by Carol Kaelson/ABC

by guest blogger Katie BottnerEpisode Recap: "Elimination Number Six"I am speechless! I think I can still hear the boos resonating from the TV as we just learned Sabrina Bryan is going home. She was pegged to be one of the final two in this competition. What happened? I didn't think her latest dance was enough reason for her to go home this week. The rest of the dancers better stay on their game. Sidenote: after reading your comments about a possible romance between her and dance partner Mark, I have to say I agree. Did you catch the "baby" and "I love you"? Hmm...I was also shocked — shocked — that Jane Seymour was announced safe second. Now, we did not get to see Jane tonight as she was absent due to a bout with food poisoning. I'll bet she is feeling better now!Did everyone catch Marie mouth, "I am going to faint" when the judges made her wait through a commercial break to find out her fate? It was a surprise that she was not in the bottom two, but that Cameron fo... read more

Let's Talk DWTS : Dance War

Will Jane be in the bottom two again? Jane Seymour, Tony Dovolani by Carol Kaelson/ABC

by Katie BottnerWill the women knock another man out of the competition tonight or will Helio Castroneves and Cameron Mathison hold their own? I think it is safe to say one of the women will be saying goodbye. But who? Will Marie Osmond get more sympathy votes? Will Jane Seymour find herself in the bottom two again this week? In just a few minutes, Mr. I Write the Songs that Make the Whole World Sing, Barry Manilow will be on stage to sing to the remaining six, and we also get a sneak preview into Carrie Ann and Bruno’s new show Dance War. Who do you think will be in the bottom two? Leave your comments and don’t forget to check back after the show for the full recap. read more

ABC's View: Actually, We Said No to Manilow

Barry Manilow by Theo Wargo/WireImage.com

Maybe Barry Manilow should retitle his old hit "I Rewrite the Songs." Despite Barry's blog brag about "bowing out" of his Tuesday visit to The View when the chat show refused to bar conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck from his segment, a source close to the show says that executive producer Bill Geddie canceled the crooner rather than accede to his out-of-left-field demand.Manilow's booking had been firm since July, we're told, making his sudden objection to what he told TMZ were Hasselbeck's "dangerous views" somewhat inexplicable. We also remember Manilow's two happy singalongs in 2006, in which the cast, including Hasselbeck, were in on the fun. "This came as a complete shock to Elisabeth, who's a consummate professional," says the insider. On her Monday-night Sirius radio show, View creator Barbara Walters deemed Manilow's decision "too bad." Why'd the aging popster do it? "He's a huge friend of Rosie's, so make of that what you will," sums up our source. — Reporting by Ilean... read more

Barry Manilow to Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Screw View!

Barry Manilow courtesy Arista, Elisabeth Hasselbeck by Donna Svennevik/ABC

If you were planning to catch the "Mandy" singer on The View today, your plans have just changed. In a message posted on his website yesterday, he announced that he'd canceled his appearance. "I had made a request," he writes, "that I be interviewed by Joy [Behar], Barbara [Walters] or Whoopi [Goldberg] but not Elisabeth," whom TMZ has quoted him as calling "dangerous" and "offensive." "Unfortunately," he continues on his blog, "the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request, so I bowed out." Score another one for Team Rosie. read more

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