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Melissa Manchester - Special Encore Event - Performance of the Month - Melissa Manchester

Uploaded On:  Sunday September 1, 2019

More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, and the iconic songs they made famous.

Singing with a verve and emotional vulnerability that immediately captivates, the Grammy-winner inventively re-imagines these beloved standards, which you'll witness in this special rebroadcast of her recent live-streamed concert event. She turns “Chances Are” into a sly bossa nova and scats with seemingly impossible ease on “Love Is Just Around the Corner,” while bringing an understated urgency to “Night and Day.”

Like many of the men she salutes on The Fellas, Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her time as a founding member of Bette Midler’s backing singers and dancers, the Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. Since her debut release Home To Myself in 1973, Manchester has launched a string of chart-toppers including “Midnight Blue,” “Don't Cry Out Loud”, and “Through The Eyes Of Love (Theme from Ice Castles)".

This unedited performance was originally streamed and broadcast LIVE on June 22, 2019, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.