The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on February 2nd of 1974 Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” topped the Billboard hit parade, becoming her first number one. It would go on to win an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Alan Bergman and his wife Marilyn wrote the lyrics to this song, and Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music. The Bergmans also wrote lyrics for “The Windmills Of Your Mind” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” Streisand recorded this song on September 12, 1973 with Marty Paich doing the arrangements. The song was released as a single later in the month, and the movie came out on October 19, 1973. The film was very successful and helped popularize the song, which entered the Top 40 on December 22, 1973 and became Streisand’s first #1 hit on Groundhog Day, 1974. Carol Kaye, who was a top session player in the ’60s and ’70s, played bass on this track, and told us that it was one of her most memorable sessions, requiring a total of 33 takes. The song failed however to really catch on in the UK topping off at #31.