Midnight Blue – Melissa Manchester | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) and Adult Contemporary (#1); 1975

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Although Melissa Manchester released her first album at the height of the singer/ songwriter movement, her style owed more to the traditional club female songstresses than the confessional singers of the day. Like her sometime co-writer Carole Bayer Sager, Melissa attended Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art where she took a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. Her masterful piano-and voice club performances caught the ear of Bette Midler, who hired Melissa on as one her back-up singing Harlettes and used her talents on 1972’s The Divine Miss M. Melissa’s debut, Home To Myself, appeared the next year, followed by Bright Eyes and Melissa. The latter was a more commercial affair prompted, in part, by the influence of her label’s new owner, starmaker Clive Davis. Midnight Blue – written by Manchester and Sager – showcased the sophisticated, sexy style that made her one of the decade’s top performers.

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Produced by:

  • Melissa Manchester
  • Carole Bayer Sager

Lyrics Written by:

  • Vini Poncia
  • Richard Perry (exec.)