Barry Manilow, yet again, breaks another Billboard record becoming the first artist reaching Billboard’s Adult Contemporary top 20 from the ’70s to the ‘20s, the largest span ever, with his COVID-19 “message of hope” song “When The Good Times Come Again.”
The song, recorded originally in 1989 and written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, comes from his sixth self-titled album “Barry Manilow” and was never released as a single. But it wasn’t until 2020 when an Israeli fan made a lyric video for the tune as the coronavirus spread and sent it to Barry. He then posted it on his Facebook page and his management company smartly sent it to adult contemporary radio stations with the promotional help of RCA/Sony.
Barry celebrated another milestone in 2020 when Night Songs II debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, marking his sixth consecutive decade of top 40-charting albums beginning with Barry Manilow II in 1975.