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Barry Manilow made a surprise return to the stage for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party in L.A. Sunday night (Feb. 14) 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.
The veteran singer showed no ill effects when he appeared at 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.” Footage filled the screen of a young Manilow sitting at the piano playing “Mandy.” And in strolled the man himself, who sat down at the piano to perform the song, at one point harmonizing with the 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).
Manilow then performed a song from his current duets album, My Dream Duets, performing the song with Judy Garland “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.” Again, he sang 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.”
As a “Plan B,” Davis gave Carly Simon 48-hours’ notice to step in. “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 is nominated at Monday’s Grammy Awards for what would be his 15th Grammy Award.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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