Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)

"Evergreen" (also called "Love Theme from A Star Is Born") is the theme song from the 1976 film A Star Is Born. It was composed and performed by Barbra Streisand with lyrics by Paul Williams,[1] and arranged by Ian Freebairn-Smith.[2] The song was released on the soundtrack album to A Star Is Born.

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
Evergreen - Barbra Streisand
Single by Barbra Streisand
from the album A Star Is Born (soundtrack)
B-side"I Believe in Love"
ReleasedJanuary 1977
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
"My Heart Belongs to Me"


As composers, Streisand and Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song. the first woman to be so honored as a composer.[1] Streisand also earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. She and Williams also won Golden Globes for Best Original Song.

The song's opening couplet, "Love, soft as an easy chair; love, fresh as the morning air", almost did not appear that way. Williams wrote the "morning air" line first, but told Streisand to "flip those two first lines, because it sings better".[3]

In 1997, the track appeared on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute.

Chart performance

In the US, the single became Streisand's second number 1 single and spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks atop the easy listening chart. This was Streisand's second number-one song on the Hot 100 (following "The Way We Were" in 1974), and her third on the adult contemporary chart ("The Way We Were" and 1964's "People").[4] In its year-end chart for 1977, Billboard ranked the platinum-certified single, which sold more than 2 million copies, the fourth-biggest single of the year. In the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at #3 in 1977.[1]

Weekly charts

Chart (1977) Peak
Australia KMR[5] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 27
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [8] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 3
Spain Top 40 Radio[12] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[15] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [16] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1977) Rank
Australia[5] 34
Canada RPM Top Singles [17] 2
New Zealand [18] 14
UK [19] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[20] 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary [21] 2
U.S. Cash Box [22] 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


At the 49th Academy Awards the song winning Academy Award for Best Original Song and Barbra Streisand became only woman in history to win Academy Award for Best Actress and Academy Award for Best Original Song. At the 34th Golden Globe Awards the song wins Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. At the 20th Annual Grammy Awards the song was nominated in three categories, winning in two for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Song of the Year tying with "You Light Up My Life". The song was also nominated for Record of the Year.

Other versions

Streisand also recorded versions of the song in Spanish ("Tema de Amor de Nace Una Estrella"), French ( "De Reve en Reverie") with lyrics by Eddy Marnay, and Italian ("Sempreverde") with lyrics by Luigi Albertelli. The Spanish version was released as a track on the 1996 CD single, "I Finally Found Someone", a Streisand duet with Bryan Adams, and on the import CD version of the A Star is Born remastered soundtrack. The French and Italian versions have not yet been released commercially.

British singer Hazell Dean recorded a dance version of the song in 1984, and reached #63 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

In 2002, Philippine rap group Salbakuta sampled Streisand's single in their song S2pid Luv.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Songwriter Interview: Paul Williams by Carl Wiser".
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum – 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  7. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Star is Born". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From %22A Star Is Born%22 (Evergreen)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  12. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  14. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Cash Box Top 100". Cashbox. March 19, 1977. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  17. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. December 31, 1977. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Top 100 1977 – UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Billboard Easy Listening Charts Singles". Billboard Magazine. December 24, 1977. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  22. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1977". Cashbox. December 31, 1977. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From A Star Is Born". Music Canada. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 13, 2016. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Evergreen in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 13, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

External links

16 Most Requested Songs (Johnny Mathis album)

16 Most Requested Songs is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 1986 by Columbia Records and features 12 tracks representing his time with the label from 1956 to 1963, including his Billboard top 10 hits "Chances Are", "It's Not for Me to Say", "The Twelfth of Never", "Gina", and "What Will Mary Say" as well as his signature song, "Misty". The remaining four selections ("Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)", "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story", and "Didn't We") were recorded with Columbia between 1969 and 1977.

On August 4, 2000, the album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies.

20th Annual Grammy Awards

The 20th Annual Grammy Awards were held February 23, 1978, and were broadcast live on American television. They were hosted by folk music legend John Denver, and recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1977.

49th Academy Awards

The 49th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty.

This Academy Awards ceremony is notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by fellow Australian Heath Ledger 32 years later; Finch had suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-January. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with the shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and two seconds of screen-time in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each, but Best Picture and Best Director ultimately went to Rocky.

Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, fifteen years apart.

Network became the second film (after A Streetcar Named Desire) to win three acting Oscars, and the last, as of the 90th Academy Awards, to receive five acting nominations. It was also the eleventh of fifteen films (to date) to receive nominations in all four acting categories.

This year's Academy Awards is also notable for the first ever female nominee for Best Director, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties. Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer, and as of the 90th Academy Awards, the only person to win Academy Awards for both acting and songwriting.

No honorary awards were given this year.

ABC had the Oscars from 1960–70 and had regained them for 1976. For the second straight year, the ceremony was scheduled directly opposite the NCAA championship basketball game on NBC, won by Marquette in Al McGuire's final game as head coach.

A Star Is Born (1976 film)

A Star Is Born is a 1976 American musical romantic drama film about a young singer (Barbra Streisand) who meets and falls in love with an established rock and roll star (Kris Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline.

The film is a remake of the 1937 original drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which had also been adapted in 1954 as a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. The story was again adapted in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

A Star Is Born (1976 soundtrack)

A Star Is Born is the soundtrack album to the 1976 musical film of the same name, performed by its stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The album was very successful, holding the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks and eventually was certified 4× Platinum by RIAA for more than 4 million copies with a reported 15 million copies worldwide in the liner notes of the Streisand's album Release Me.

According to the liner notes of Barbra's compilation box set Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in New Zealand, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy and Mexico. The import version of the CD adds the Spanish version of Evergreen as a bonus track.

Barbra Live

Barbra Live was the sixth concert tour by American recording artist Barbra Streisand. Visiting North American and European markets, the tour was Streisand's first tour since 2006.

Barbra Live was the 22nd best-selling tour in the world during 2012. It earned $40.7 million and sold 154,287 tickets.In April 2013 it was officially announced that Streisand would continue the tour through Europe in the summer of 2013.The shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center were filmed and released on CD and DVD as Back to Brooklyn.

Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1977

This is a list of Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1977.

Fly Like an Eagle (song)

"Fly Like an Eagle" is a song written by Steve Miller for the album of the same name. It went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of March 12, 1977, kept from the top spot by "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" by Barbra Streisand. The single edit can be found on Greatest Hits (1974–1978). The song has an unusually mellow and "dreamy" feel. It is usually played in tandem with "Space Intro", but the song also segues into "Wild Mountain Honey".

Grammy Award for Record of the Year

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards (alongside Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year) presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

Since the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013, mastering engineers are considered nominees and award recipients in this category.Record of the Year is related to but is conceptually different from Song of the Year or Album of the Year:

Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer and/or mixer for that song. In this sense, "record" means a particular recorded song, not its composition or an album of songs.

Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually wrote the lyrics and/or melodies to the song. "Song" in this context means the song as composed, not its recording.

Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. In this context, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (Johnny Mathis album)

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on August 15, 1977, by Columbia Records and found him firmly planted in the cover album genre once again in that no original songs were included. Allmusic's Joe Viglione did feel, however, that "they seem to be trying to cover all the bases here," meaning that it had a variety of selections, including a standard from 1939 ("All the Things You Are"), a hit that charted in both the 1950s and '60s ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"), a country crossover ("The Most Beautiful Girl"), and recent offerings from stage ("One", "Tomorrow") and screen ("Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", "I Always Knew I Had It in Me").

Although the album did not reach Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart, it did spend a week in the issue dated September 17, 1977, at number 201 on the Bubbling Under the Top LP's chart, which, according to Joel Whitburn, "listed albums that were on the rise in sales that did not quite achieve the sales necessary to make Billboard's main 200-position pop albums chart." For its release in the UK, the album was entitled Sweet Surrender, which was also the name of the song that was added on to the original track listing but had first appeared on his 1973 album Me and Mrs. Jones. Sweet Surrender spent its one week on the UK album chart at number 55 but received Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units in the UK from the British Phonographic Industry on January 4, 1978.In 1995 the title track from the album was used in the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar but was not included on the soundtrack recording.

Let the River Run

"Let the River Run" is a song first featured in the 1988 film Working Girl, with music and lyrics by Carly Simon. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989. The song also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 46th Golden Globe Awards, tying with "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier from Buster, in 1989, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1990.The Working Girl soundtrack also contains a choral version of the track featuring The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City. The album peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200.

List of Cash Box Top 100 number-one singles of 1977

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List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1977 (U.S.)

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New Zealand Top 50 singles of 1977

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The Continental (song)

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In 1952 Harry James released a recording on the album Hollywood's Best (Columbia B-319 and CL-6224) with Rosemary Clooney on vocals.

A later version by Maureen McGovern reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart in 1976.

Steve Howe recorded it as a duet with Graham Preskett on The Steve Howe Album in 1979.

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