If you’ve been reading the blog for the last couple of weeks, you know that Barbra Streisand was the latest winner in my Battle of the Bands, and, if things go according to plan, she’ll be singing against the men’s champion in my first November Battle. I thought I should talk about her as I go through my list of female singers.
It’s hard to deny that Barbra has had a long and successful career in film, on the Broadway stage, and on TV as well as selling millions of records worldwide. She has a tremendous voice and chooses excellent music and projects. It would be hard to capture in this short entry the impact she has had on the entertainment industry… so, I’m not going to try. Instead, let’s get to the music.
Barbra’s first film role was in 1968’s Funny Girl, in which she played actress/comedienne Fanny Brice alongside Omar Sharif. From the movie, here is “Second Hand Rose.”
Barbra starred in a remake of the 1937 film A Star Is Born in 1976, with Kris Kristofferson. She and her record producer at the time, Jon Peters, produced the film. She sang the theme song, “Evergreen,” which she had written with Paul Williams. It became her second #1 hit, topping the Hot 100 for three weeks and the Easy Listening chart for six.
Barbra’s website includes her blog as well as a discography, her biography, and links to all her social media accounts.
Barbra Streisand, your Two for Tuesday, October 11, 2016.