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Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)

"Evergreen" (also called "Love Theme from A Star Is Born") is the theme song from the 1976 film A Star Is Born. It was composed and performed by Barbra Streisand with lyrics by Paul Williams,[1] and arranged by Ian Freebairn-Smith.[2] The song was released on the soundtrack album to A Star Is Born.

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
Evergreen - Barbra Streisand.jpg
Single by Barbra Streisand
from the album A Star Is Born (soundtrack)
B-side"I Believe in Love"
ReleasedJanuary 1977
Format7"
Recorded1976
Genre
Length3:04
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
(1975)
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
(1977)
"My Heart Belongs to Me"
(1977)

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BackgroundEdit

As composers, Streisand and Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song. the first woman to be so honored as a composer.[1] Streisand also earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. She and Williams also won Golden Globes for Best Original Song.

The song's opening couplet, "Love, soft as an easy chair; love, fresh as the morning air", almost did not appear that way. Williams wrote the "morning air" line first, but told Streisand to "flip those two first lines, because it sings better".[3]

In 1997, the track appeared on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute.

Chart performanceEdit

In the US, the single became Streisand's second number 1 single and spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks atop the easy listening chart. This was Streisand's second number-one song on the Hot 100 (following "The Way We Were" in 1974), and her third on the adult contemporary chart ("The Way We Were" and 1964's "People").[4] In its year-end chart for 1977, Billboard ranked the platinum-certified single, which sold more than 2 million copies, the fourth-biggest single of the year. In the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at #3 in 1977.[1]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

AwardsEdit

At the 49th Academy Awards the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Barbra Streisand became the only woman in history to win the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. At the 34th Golden Globe Awards the song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. At the 20th Annual Grammy Awards the song was nominated in three categories, winning in two for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Song of the Year tying with "You Light Up My Life". The song was also nominated for Record of the Year.

Other versionsEdit

Streisand also recorded versions of the song in Spanish ("Tema de Amor de Nace Una Estrella"), French ( "De Reve en Reverie") with lyrics by Eddy Marnay, and Italian ("Sempreverde") with lyrics by Luigi Albertelli. The Spanish version was released as a track on the 1996 CD single, "I Finally Found Someone", a Streisand duet with Bryan Adams, and on the import CD version of the A Star is Born remastered soundtrack. The French and Italian versions have not yet been released commercially.

British singer Hazell Dean recorded a dance version of the song in 1984, and reached #63 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

In 2002, Philippine rap group Salbakuta sampled Streisand's single in their song S2pid Luv.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Songwriter Interview: Paul Williams by Carl Wiser".
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum – 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  7. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Star is Born". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  12. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  14. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Cash Box Top 100". Cashbox. March 19, 1977. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  17. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. December 31, 1977. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Top 100 1977 – UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Billboard Easy Listening Charts Singles". Billboard Magazine. December 24, 1977. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  22. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1977". Cashbox. December 31, 1977. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From A Star Is Born". Music Canada. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 13, 2016. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Evergreen in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 13, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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