Growing up with a tough upbringing, music was Manilow's only solace. At the age of seven he learned to play the accordion and the piano, and after sampling a taste of the music world, he decided he wanted to be in it. By the year of his barmitzvah he was singing.
Anti-Israel activists bombarded Coldplay's official Facebook page with messages of Palestinian solidarity this week after the British band backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.
On Wednesday the band alerted fans to the Freedom for Palestine single and posted a link to its website.