Woman In Love – Barbara Streisand

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on October 25th of 1980 “Woman In Love” becomes Barbra Streisand’s fifth US number one single. The song, written by The Bee Gees’ Barry and Robin Gibb, was taken from the multi-Platinum selling album “Guilty”. After the success enjoyed by the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, the band was asked to participate in musical endeavors for other artists, and Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write an album for her. This album ultimately became Guilty. “Woman in Love”, as the lead single, became one of the most successful songs of Streisand’s music career. It was Streisand’s best-selling album. 1980 was the fourth successive year Streisand had a US #1 hit. Her streak started in 1977 with “Evergreen.” In 1978 it was “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” a duet with Neil Diamond. The following year it was “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” a duet with Donna Summer. Two other songs from the album hit US Top 10, and both were duets with Barry Gibb: “Guilty” and “What Kind of Fool.” “Guilty” won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal by Duo or Group. In the UK this was Streisand’s first #1. Having made her British chart debut in 1966 with “Second Hand Rose,” the 14-year-279-day interval between her first chart appearance and her first number one was then the fourth-longest wait in UK chart history. Of note Streisand has openly stated that she doesn’t like “Woman in Love” because she doesn’t believe in the meaning of the lyrics.