Weekend In New England

Album: This One's For You (1976)
Charted: 10
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Songfacts®:

  • Barry Manilow notched his fifth US Top-10 hit with this song about a man who's missing a woman he met while on a weekend in New England. He has fallen in love with her, and now wonders when and if he will ever see her again. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Manilow is an accomplished songwriter, but he didn't write this one: It was composed by Randy Edelman, who has written popular scores for movies and TV, including the theme for the show MacGyver.
  • This was the song that Jennifer Hudson sang on season 3 of American Idol before she was eliminated from the competition, finishing seventh. A few years later, Hudson became a star when she won an Oscar for her performance in the movie Dreamgirls. At Clive Davis' 2009 pre-Grammy party, Hudson performed this song with Barry Manilow. This is the same party that Chris Brown and Rihanna attended before their altercation. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was used on season 4 of Friends in the episode "The One with the Worst Best Man Ever," when the guys are at the veterinarian's office reminiscing over their pet duck.
  • This was also used in the 2009 movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 2 1977, 'The Barry Manilow Special' was aired on the ABC-TV network...
    The special was nominated for four Emmy Awards; it won one, 'Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Special'...
    On the special he performed three of his previous hits; "Mandy" {#1 in 1975}, "It's A Miracle" {#12 in 1975}, and "Could It Be Magic" {#6 in 1975}...
    At the time his "Weekend In New England" was in its second of two weeks at #10 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that was also its peak position on the chart, but he did not perform the song on this special.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 20th 1977, "Weekend In New England" by Barry Manilow peaked at #10 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 21st, 1976 at position #78 and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on January 2nd, 1977 it reached #1 (for 1 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Was track five of side one on his fourth studio album, 'This One's For You', the album peaked at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "This One's For You" (#29) and "Looks Like Me Made It" (#1 for 1 week)...
    Mr. Manolow, born Barry Alan Pincus, will celebrate his 71st birthday in four months on June 17th (2014).
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