15 February 1951, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. A former staff writer at Chappell Music and back-up singer for Bette Midler, Manchester launched her own career in 1973 with Home To Myself. Her intimate style showed a debt to contemporary New York singer-songwriters, but later releases, including her self-titled third album, were more direct. This collection, produced by Richard Perry and Vincent Poncia, yielded the artists first major hit, Midnight Blue (US Top 10), and set the pattern for her subsequent direction which, if carefully performed, lacked the warmth of those early recordings.
Success as a performer and songwriter continued into the 70s and 80s. Whenever I Call You Friend, co-written with Kenny Loggins, was a bestselling single for him and duet partner Stevie Nicks in 1978, while the following year Manchesters second US Top 10 was achieved with Dont Cry Out...
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