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Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At The Copa) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 28th, 2013



Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on July 29, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Copacabana” is a 1978 song, sung by Barry Manilow and written by Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow, and Bruce Sussman.

It is also known as “Copacabana (At the Copa)”. It debuted on Billboard magazine’s Top 40 chart on July 7, 1978, and peaked at #8. It peaked at #42 in the UK the same year. A remixed version of the song peaked at #22 in 1993. The record earned for Manilow his first (and only, to date) Grammy Award in February 1979 and his first gold single for a song he composed.

The song’s title refers to the famous New York City night club, the Copacabana, and tells the story of Lola, a showgirl, and her lover Tony, a bartender at the club who is murdered by Rico, a Mafia lord who took an interest in Lola.

The recording was used as incidental music in the 1978 movie Foul Play, which starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, and has been featured in over a dozen other films. The single version clocks in at 4:08, the Extended Disco version is titled “Copacabana (At the Copa) (Disco Version)” and is 5:46. As opposed to a commercial 12″ single, the extended version was on the B-side of the 45 and can also be found on Manilow’s first Greatest Hits double album.

Manilow released a Spanish version shortly after the English version. Available as a 12″ disco single, “Copacabana (En el Copa)” didn’t chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but was used by dance club disc jockeys.

In 1985, Manilow and his collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman expanded the song into a full length, made-for-television musical, also called Copacabana, writing many additional songs and expanding the plot suggested by the song. This film version was then further expanded by Manilow, Feldman, and Sussman into a full-length, two-act stage musical that ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre on London’s West End for two years prior to a lengthy tour of the UK. An American production was later mounted that toured the US for over a year. Over 200 productions of the show have since been mounted worldwide.

This one sided US 12″ promo contains the original full length 1978 “Disco Version”.

Copacabana (At The Copa) (Disco Version) 5:46
Written-By – B. Manilow*, B. Sussman*, J. Feldman*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Very Good Plus (company sleeve)


Year Single Chart Position
1978 Copacabana (At The Copa) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1978 Copacabana (At The Copa) U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #6
1978 Copacabana (At The Copa) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #15


Label: Arista – SP-18
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, Single Sided, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Barry Manilow, Ron Dante

This is a special one sided 12″ promo.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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14 Responses to “Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At The Copa) (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Another re-rip, hooray!

    Everytime I hear the intro of this well-known song, I stick to it just to listen to the story of Lola & Tony and how Rico spoils it all. Great lyrics, even after 35 years. My God, 35 years…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Time flies doesn’t it! Have a nice weekend Stefano 🙂


  2. Johan Says:

    Love this, thank you!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Johan 🙂


  3. BrentMadison Says:

    It is worth seeking out the 2005 mixes! Ralphi Rosario’s Club & Pete Lorimer Vocal House are fun!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I really like the 1993 Dan Ford, Ron Dante Remixes too


  4. dazz22 Says:

    not a bad track anyways off to sunny gran canaria for 2 weeks look fwd to 2 weeks of goddies when i get back cya keep up the good work


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have Fun 🙂


  5. ric Says:

    Frivolous and Fun!
    Always takes me back in time.
    Thanks Paul, for Disco Friday…and for Mondays to Thrusdays too!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome my buddy Ric 🙂


  6. vuoksenniska Says:

    Thank you Paul for this great song!
    Fits perfectly to this super hot weather ….now, where is my Pina Colada? 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Vuoksenniska cheers!


  7. johnny Says:

    hello very nice repost since you are reposting could you repost Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning (US 12″ Promo) (John Luongo Remixes), hope yopu consider this one greetings, bye


  8. Mr Nice Guy Says:

    I heard this on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Rachel sang it at her ex fiance’s wedding. His name is Barry. He was marrying Rachel’s friend Mindy. Barry Manilow has another song called “Mandy.”


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