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|"Copacabana (At the Copa)"|
|Single by Barry Manilow|
|from the album Even Now|
|B-side||"Copacabana" (Short version)|
|Length||3:48 (short version)
5:40 (long version)
|Writer(s)||Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman|
|Producer||Ron Dante, Barry Manilow|
|Barry Manilow singles chronology|
"Copacabana", also known as "Copacabana (At the Copa)", is a 1978 song which was sung by Barry Manilow and written by Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow, and Bruce Sussman.
Song information 
The song was inspired by a conversation between Manilow and Sussman at the Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, when they discussed whether there had ever been a song called "Copacabana". After returning to the US, Manilow — who, in the 1960s, had been a regular visitor to the Copacabana nightclub in New York City — suggested that Sussman and Feldman write the lyrics to a story song for him. They did so, and Manilow supplied the music.
The song's lyrics refer to a famous night club, the Copacabana: "at the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana". The beginning is set in the late 1940s and tells the story of Lola, a showgirl, and her lover Tony, a bartender at the club who she "loses" in a (probably deliberately) unclear manner, when Rico, a Mafia boss who takes an interest in Lola, calls her over to his table (most likely to try to seduce her); in response, Tony tries to protect Lola from Rico, and in the ensuing fight one of the three shoots another. The ending is set thirty years later in the late 1970s (possibly 1978, when the song was made), where the club has been transformed into a disco. Lola has grown old and is alone, pining for her lost love Tony.
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 since. The single version clocks in at 4:08, the Extended Disco version is titled "Copacabana (At The Copa) (Disco)" and is 5:46. As opposed to a commercial 12" single, the extended version was on the flip side of the 45 and can also be found on Manilow's first Greatest Hits double album.
It debuted on Billboard magazine's Top 40 chart on July 7, 1978, and peaked at #8. It peaked at #42 in the United Kingdom the same year. The track was Manilow's first gold single for a song he recorded and released. Additionally, the lyrics to "Copacabana" earned Manilow his first and only Grammy Award for Pop Male Vocalist in February 1979.
Manilow released a Spanish version titled "Copacabana (En El Copa)" shortly after the English version was released. Though popular in dance clubs catering to Latin audiences, the Spanish version failed to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
A remixed version of the original English release titled "Copacabana (The 1993 Remix)" peaked at #22 on Billboard magazine's Top 40 chart in 1993.
A home demo recording, albeit truncated, is available on the 4 CD/1 DVD box set collection, The Complete Collection and Then Some.... In conjunction to this release, the song was remixed and released as "Copacabana (At The Copa) 1993 Remix".
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.
Amanda Lear version 
|Single by Amanda Lear|
|from the album Forever Glam!|
|B-side||"Do U Wanna See It?"|
|Length||4:17 (album version)
3:26 (single remix)
|Label||Dance Street/ZYX Music|
|Amanda Lear singles chronology|
French singer Amanda Lear recorded her interpretation of "Copacabana" in 2005 and it was released on a single by Dance Street and ZYX Music. Apart from single edit of the song, a longer version also exists, with a slower piano intro. The latter was included in Forever Glam! compilation tracklist, released later in 2005.
Dance song "Do U Wanna See It?" was released on the single as well as music video for "Love Boat" (which actually was an edited version of TV performance). Both tracks come from Amanda's 2001 album Heart.
Track listing 
- CD Maxi-Single (2005)
- "Copacabana" - 3:26
- "Do U Wanna See It?" - 3:51
- music video: "Love Boat" - 3:12
Other cover versions 
- James Last recorded "Copacabana" in 1979.
- Paul de Leeuw released his version under the title "Kopa Koopavond" in 1994.
- DJ Hell recorded his cover version, sampling from Manilow's original, and released it as "Copa" in 1999.
- Kylie Minogue performed the song on her 2008 KylieX2008 tour.
- John Barrowman recorded "Copacabana" on his 2010 self-titled album.
- The Vandals recorded a parody of "Copacabana" called "Dachau Cabana" which was later performed by Bradley Nowell of Sublime.
- Matteo Brancaleoni released his version in 2012 in the album "New Life".
- Mickey Podell-Raber and Charles Pignone, The Copa: Jules Podell and the Hottest Club North of Havana, HarperCollins, 2009, p.199
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- `1979 Grammy Award Nominations and Awards
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