Express.co.uk - By Jane Clinton
THEY met her when she was an 18-year-old new kid on the block performing in a tiny club. Wearing an outfit of her own creation (a white blouse and a long herringbone skirt) she opened her mouth, began to sing and brought one woman in the audience to tears.
“I started to cry and I did not stop throughout this little gig in Greenwich Village,” says celebrated lyricist Marilyn Bergman who was with her husband and co-lyricist, Alan Bergman.Read more »
Talk about the ultimate engagement gift. When young Brooklynite Alan Bergman wanted to mark his upcoming marriage to fiancé Marilyn Katz, he wrote a song for her called "That Face," and arranged for Fred Astaire to record it.
The Bergmans, now three-time Academy Award winners for their song lyrics, have been married for 54 years. And for many of them, there has been another woman in their life — the singer they call their "muse" and close collaborator, Barbra Streisand.Read more »
Streisand dialed down the diva 'tude for 2009's Love Is the Answer, a relatively restrained collaboration with jazz star Diana Krall that led to the legend's first club date in decades. Here Babs goes bigger, singing the natural-fiber stuffing out of 10 dramatic tearjerkers by her old pals Alan and Marilyn Bergman (''The Way We Were,'' ''You Don't Bring Me Flowers''). On ''So Many Stars,'' she even does a few bars in Portuguese, just because she can. B+
Alan and Marilyn Bergman - Huffingtonpost.com
On August 23, Columbia Music will debut Barbra Streisand's new album "What Matters Most," in which she performs only songs with lyrics by noted award-winning (Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Cable-Ace) lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. They write below:
To hear Barbra Streisand sing a song we've written is to know why we chose to become writers.Read more »
Did you know that Alan Bergman wrote "That Face" to propose to his wife Marilyn? Watch this new video on AARP.com to hear the full story behind the song from Alan and Marilyn and listen to Barbra's completely new recording of it now! "That Face" is just one of the tracks included on her new album What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, in stores August 23!
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Last month, Vincent & Douglass were lucky enough to meet Barbra on the set of her new movie My Mother's Curse in Las Vegas after pre-ordering "What Matters Most" from the Official Barbra Streisand Music Store.
You, too, could be the winner of a trip to the movie's premiere next spring! Visit the Official Barbra Streisand Music Store to pre-order the album and for complete sweepstakes rules and details. Good luck!
The New York Times has an exclusive first listen of the enchanting bossa nova track "So Many Stars" from Barbra's new album What Matters Most, available everywhere August 23, and a new interview with Barbra and Alan & Marilyn Bergman telling the story behind the song. This recording even includes Barbra singing a few lyrics in Portugese. Have a listen!Read more »