Barbra Streisand’s hits were written by numerous famous musicians – and sometimes actors. For example, one of her # 1 singles would not exist without the contributions of an actor who appeared in the Burt Reynolds comedy Smokey and the bandit. Interestingly, the actor in question expected that one of the songs from the same album would surpass the hit he wrote for Streisand.
The Helen Reddy hit, written by a ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ actor who inspired a song by Barbra Streisand
Paul Williams may not be a household name, but he has appeared in a number of notable films. For example, he had roles in Battle for the planet of the apes, Phantom of paradiseand Oliver’s stones The doors. He also played Little Enos in Burdette Smokey and the bandit. Although it didn’t appear in the 1970 version of A star Is Born, he made a huge impact on writing one of his signature songs.
Williams told The Tennessean that he wrote Helen Reddy’s song “You and Me Against the World”. Streisand wanted him to write a similar track for A star Is Born. The ultimate product was “Evergreen (love theme of A star Is Born). “Streisand’s actions during the making of” Evergreen “surprised Williams.
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“The first thing she said was, ‘Can you use this? ” Williams remembered. “She took a guitar and (played the melody). I said, “Oh my god, it’s beautiful.” She was like a little kid. It’s a side of her that I had never seen before. ”
Williams’ lyric and Streisand’s melody paid off during the awards season. According to The Billboard Book of Number 1 HitsThe title won both an Oscar for Best Song and the Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance for Women.
In addition, “Evergreen” reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. With the exception of “The Way We Were,” another ballad that is tied to one of her films, it performed better in the table than all of Streisand’s other singles. Oddly enough, Williams was expecting one of the other songs from the soundtrack of A star Is Born to surpass “Evergreen”.
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“To be honest, the song I thought would get out of the picture was a song called ‘With One More Look at You’ that I wrote with Kenny [Ascher]”Williams said to The Tennessean.” She sings it in a take at the end of the picture, which I think is one of her most brilliant performances. ”
Williams noted, however, that unlike “With One More Look at You,” Streisand continues to include “Evergreen” in their albums. She even recorded “Evergreen” as a duet with R&B superstar Babyface on her album Partner: Film partners sing Broadway. Regardless of Williams’ expectations, “Evergreeen” remains an evergreen example of 1970s pop.