Barry Manilow makes surprise return to stage at Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party

Billboard Staff
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Barry Manilowmade a surprise return to the stage for Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party in L.A. Sunday night just days after being hospitalized.

The veteran singer's One Last Time - One Last Tour shows in Kentucky and Nashville were postponed last week due to "complications from emergency oral surgery that Manilow had on Monday," according to a statement.

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The veteran singer showed no ill effects when he appeared at Clive Davis' glittering annual party. His set opened with a clip from the 1975 Episode of Midnight special with Clive talking to Mac Davis explaining that the next artist coming on the show was the next "newest star". Manilow later strolled onstage and sit down at the piano to perform "Mandy," at one point harmonizing with a videotape of himself.

"I'm really glad to be here. What a week!," the 72-year-old singer said after the performance. "This is the 40th anniversary of the release of "Mandy"-- and the beginning of this beautiful party" (referring to Davis' pre-Grammy gala).

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Manilow then performed a song from his current duets album, the song with Judy Garland "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," again singing his part along with a videotape of Garland.

Afterwards, Davis came back onstage saying Manilow "faced a serious health issue this week. We didn't know until today if he would perform."

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As a "Plan B", Davis gave Carly Simon 48-hours' notice to step in. Her services weren't required. "She arrived late last night to help us make sure the show was complete," Davis told guests.

Simon came on next and did a crowd-wowing performance of "You're So Vain."

Manilow's return to health is a timely one. His latest album, My Dream Duets, is nominated at Monday's Grammy Awards for what would be his 15th Grammy Award.