Here's one to celebrate Barry Manilow's coming-out party. I remember hauling my "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" LP to Hiller Elementary when I was a boy, along with "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "John Denver's Greatest Hits," all of which had my label-maker's name in the upper-right-hand corner as to not get mixed up with the other Fanilow's records. "I Write the Songs" was the blockbuster No. 1 single from the album, but the title track was far superior, hitting No. 10 on the Billboard charts in early March of 1976. He then followed the album up with my two favorite songs of his, "Looks Like We Made It," which also hit No. 1, and then "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from my favorite movie of the year, "Foul Play" starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. (If you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing and watch now. Goldie was adorable and Chevy was hot!)
Fun trivia via Wikipedia:
The Carpenters recorded the song first for 1975's "Horizon," but it was scrapped because they had "one too many ballads." It finally surfaced -- after much upheaval -- on "Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration" in 1995.
Read Barry's story, in which he explains he how thought his fans would be disappointed in him if he came out, HERE.