" 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)" 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... Read More