Manilow A Fanilow Of Lady Gaga

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Music legend Barry Manilow is a big fan of Lady Gaga!

"She's the real deal," the superstar told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover when he visited Access Hollywood Live on Friday.

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Manilow said he was one of the first in his circle to jump on the Gaga train when she first emerged on the music scene.

"I think I was the first guy on my block to discover Lady Gaga," he said. "And then of course, after we found out that she was a performer, when she sat down at the piano and played and sang, well that was the last straw that you can do that."

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Beyond Gaga, Manilow said he's a fan of rockers the Foo Fighters.

"I am a fan of musicians who tell the truth," he said. "It may not be the kind of music I play all day long, but when I hear somebody tell their truth and not just making noise, I get it and I am a fan. And that's what they do for me."

Manilow just released his latest album, "15 Minutes," earlier this week, and while it is his voice across the record's 16 songs, the legend said he doesn't think of himself as a singer.

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"I don't consider myself a singer, even though I've made a big career out of singing, but I consider myself a musician, that's what I do," he told Billy and Kit. "On my passport it says musician, not entertainer and not singer. In my gut, I'm a musician."

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