Vallery Jean | Mark Davis, Getty Images Fat Joe is wearing his heart on his sleeve…
- Posted on Nov 3rd 2009 3:30PM by Steve Baltin
Now, three decades after his crooning heyday, Manilow is returning to romance at the suggestion of music industry titan Clive Davis. "I'm making [a record] he asked me to do called 'The Greatest Love Songs of All Time,'" Manilow tells Spinner. "It's the make-out album of all time."
That's a bold claim, but Manilow and Davis are using the songs of legendary lyricists to back it up. "We picked songs from Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach and others, and they're gorgeous," he says. "They're the greatest love songs of all time and I tried to make it into the most beautiful album I can make."
On top of that, Manilow may also be spreading his message of love via the big screen. As we previously reported, the production companies of Tom Hanks and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe are looking to make his music the centerpiece of a film. "I don't know what condition it's in but, boy, it's a great idea," he says. "I haven't heard anything about it in a while, but I hope it happens."
The rumored project would actually tell the tales of Manilow fans gathering for one of his concerts in Las Vegas. "That's what I love about it," he says of the concept. "It's about people that like the music I've done on their way to this concert and what their lives were like. I just think it's great -- it could be funny, it could be moving, it could be sad. I think it's a great idea and some great writer's gonna have a ball with this idea."