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My Name Is Barbra is the first of two studio album tie-ins to Barbra Streisand's Emmy Award-winning CBS-TV debut My Name Is Barbra television special, which aired on April 28, 1965, choreographed by Joe Layton. Barbra's brother Sheldon shot the front cover photograph when she was 5 years-old.

My Name Is Barbra
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1965
GenrePop
Length31:14
LabelColumbia
ProducerRobert Mersey
Barbra Streisand chronology
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The album was certified gold and peaked at #2 on the US charts.

A digitally restored / remastered CD was released.

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Contents

Song informationEdit

  • "Why Did I Choose You?" - On the CD, the long version (3:46) appears, but on the vinyl LP the short version (2:46) appears.
  • "Where Is The Wonder" was contributed by Dion McGregor and his roommate Michael Barr, and one of the few times they were successful in getting one of their songs recorded. It was also released as a single. McGregor and Barr had sent many songs to publishers and been unsuccessful in getting them recorded, so they saw Barbra's rendition as a breakthrough in their songwriting career. Whilst McGregor was not a performer himself, he did become known for his elaborate sleeptalking, as recorded by Barr and chronicled on the Decca LP "The Dream World Of Dion McGregor" the previous year, as well as on several archival releases since.

AccoladesEdit

Streisand won a Best Vocal Performance, Female Grammy award for the album, her third in this category and fourth overall.[1]

In NRARS award, Barbra was named best-selling female vocalist of 1965.[2]

Track listingEdit

Side One

  1. "My Name Is Barbra" (Leonard Bernstein) – 0:53
  2. a. "A Kid Again" (Johnny Melfi, Roger Perry) – 1:27
    b. "I'm Five" (Milton Schafer) – 0:38
  3. "Jenny Rebecca" (Carol Hall) – 3:03
  4. "My Pa" (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – 2:30
  5. "Sweet Zoo" (Jeffrey D. Harris) – 1:36
  6. "Where Is The Wonder" (Michael Barr, Dion McGregor) – 2:18

Side Two

  1. "I Can See It" (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt) – 3:06
  2. "Someone to Watch Over Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:43
  3. "I've Got No Strings" (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) – 2:49
  4. "If You Were the Only Boy in the World" (Nat Ayer, Clifford Grey) – 3:28
  5. "Why Did I Choose You?" (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – CD: 3:46/Vinyl: 2:49
  6. "My Man" (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain) – 2:57

SinglesEdit

  1. "Why Did I Choose You?" / "My Love" 1965
  2. "My Man" / "Where Is The Wonder " 1965

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (26 March 1966). Night of the Grammy a 14-Carat Gala. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 6–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ 'Color Me Barbra' new TV special. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 26 March 1966. pp. 4–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1965". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  5. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1966". Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – My Name Is Barbra". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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