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Hey Ricky

Melissa Manchester

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Album Review

Nearing the end of her troubled tenure at Arista, Melissa Manchester settled for cheesy but cheerful, synth-drenched dance-pop. Extraordinarily, it was this fluff that won her first Grammy, in the form of "You Should Hear How She Talks About You." But apart from a baffling re-recording of "Come in from the Rain," there are guilty pleasures to be found on Hey Ricky, not least its sassy title track. It's just that it's a world away from the unaffected, compelling artist Manchester had set out to be ten years before.

Biography

Born: 15 February 1951 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

MOR singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, began singing commercial jingles at age 15 and went on to become a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School of Performing Arts. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow; the two hired her as a backup singer in 1971....
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