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Melissa Manchester

Manchester was born in the Bronx area of New York city to a musical family of Jewish descent. Her father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Manchester started a singing career at an early age, learning the piano and harpsichord at the Manhattan School of Music and Arts, singing commercial jingles at age 15, and becoming a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts.

She studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon. Manchester then appeared on the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow, who took her on as a backup singer in 1971.

Her debut album, Home to Myself, was released in 1973; Manchester co-wrote many of its songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Two years later Manchester’s album Melissa produced her first top ten hit, “Midnight Blue”. Manchester collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write Loggin’s 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Whenever I Call You Friend”. At this time, she guest-starred on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow to teach a main character, who was a singer-songwriter, the essentials of the craft. In 1979 Manchester made the top ten with her version of Peter Allen’s “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.

In the Friends episode titled "The One With All the Jealousy", Chandler advises Ross to "keep it inside.
Learn how to hide your feelings! ... Don't cry out loud", a quote from Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud".
Melissa Manchester (born on February 15, 1951 in New York, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

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