The accolades of Barbra Streisand are astounding with dozens of gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit. She has mastered nearly every entertainment medium available and won honors in all the major award institutions, music and acting. Her beginning goes back to a time when she worked as a cabaret singer after high school instead of attending college. It was her Broadway debut that led to a recording contract followed by a lo-o-ong list of gold records.
As with so many recording artists, actors and actresses, Streisand's childhood was plagued with adversity...loss of her father at 15 months old, family life on the brink of poverty, an emotionally abusive stepfather, unsupportive mother, and most of all shyness as a child leaving her often feeling rejected by other children because her looks were considered unusual.
She claims that she learned how to cover her insecurity on stage by studying the flamboyance of the drag queens she met during this time. Still, Streisand is infamous for having avoided live performances for nearly three decades due to a debilitating bout of stage fright. She attributes the phobia to a concert in New York's Central Park in 1967, during which she forgot the lyrics to one of her songs. Source: bio.com
Barbra Streisand Mini-Biography
On this day, a #1 hit recorded as a duet: Barbra Streisand and the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer
More No.1s on this day...1979 Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer were at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'No More Tears, Enough Is Enough', it was also an international hit reaching No.3 in the UK. The single spent two weeks at number one on the U.S. singles chart (making it both singers' fourth chart-topping single in the U.S., as well as Summer's final). On the disco chart, it went to number one for four weeks.
1955 Bo Diddley appeared on US The Ed Sullivan Show television show. The show had requested that he sang his version of ‘Sixteen Tons’, but, when he appeared on stage, he sang his own song ‘Bo Diddley’ resulting in him being banned from further appearances on the show.
1998 A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.
2005 Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day. The tickets, snapped up on the first day of sale, were valued at an estimated £80 million.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...