Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester

Actor and Signer

Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Beginning in the 1970s, she has recorded generally in the adult contemporary genre. She has also appeared as an actress on television, in films, and on stage.

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1951 Birth Born on February 15, 1951.


1971 20 Years Old In 1971 she became a member of the Harlettes, the back-up singers for Midler.
1972 21 Years Old Manchester made a brief speaking appearance as "Yoko Ono" on the 1972 album National Lampoon Radio Dinner, on the track entitled "Magical Misery Tour", and as the background singer in "Deteriorata".
1973 22 Years Old Her debut album, Home to Myself, was released in 1973; Manchester co-wrote many of its songs with Carole Bayer Sager. … Read More
1974 23 Years Old She also performed the song live on Burt Sugarman's television series Midnight Special in 1974.
1978 27 Years Old Manchester collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write Loggins' 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend".
She would later record this for her 1979 Melissa Manchester album. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old In 1982, she released "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won the 1983 Grammy for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance, beating out Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton, and Laura Branigan. The song itself reached #4 in Cash Box and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as #10 Adult Contemporary. Manchester continued to place singles on the Adult Contemporary charts throughout the 1980s. Another top 10 entry on the AC chart was a 1989 updating of Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By". … Read More
1990 39 Years Old In 1990, Manchester could be heard performing "I Wish I Knew", played over the opening credits of the CBS television drama The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.


1991 40 Years Old In addition, she opened Game 6 of the 1991 World Series singing the U.S. National Anthem. … Read More


2007 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2007, she returned to theater, starring in the Chicago production of HATS! … Read More
2008 57 Years Old In 2008, Manchester released a new single, "The Power of Ribbons", to digital retailers. … Read More


2011 60 Years Old In 2011 an independent film named Dirty Girl was released with many of Manchester's songs used throughout the film, five of which made it onto the soundtrack. … Read More
2013 62 Years Old In 2013, Manchester announced that she was recording her 20th studio album, "You Gotta Love the Life", her first since "When I Look Down That Road". … Read More
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