Het is vandaag 65 jaar geleden dat het eerste plaatje van Barbra Streisand werd uitgebracht. Ze was toen amper dertien jaar oud.

You’ll Never Know” is a popular song with music written by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Mack Gordon. The song is based on a poem written by a young Oklahoma war bride named Dorothy Fern Norris. The song was introduced in the 1943 movie Hello, Frisco, Hello where it was sung by Alice Faye (*). In the same year the song was recorded in 1943 by, among others, Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes. The Haymes’ version was also a number one hit for four weeks on the Billboard charts. Sinatra recorded his version at his first recording session at Columbia as a solo artist. (He had recorded at Columbia in 1939 as a member of Harry James’s band.) Sinatra’s version charted for 16 weeks starting July 24 and spent two weeks at number 2. The Sinatra and Haymes records were made during the 1942–1944 musicians’ strike, an American Federation of Musicians strike against the recording companies. As a result, the recordings were made without musicians, with vocal groups replacing the usual instrumental backup. 

The song was the first song that Barbra Streisand ever recorded, in 1955 when she was 13 years old, first (**) released in 1991 as the opening song of her four-disc Just for the Record… box set. The same collection concludes with an orchestrated version of the song, sung as a duet by Streisand (age 45, recorded April 21, 1988) with the voice of her younger self from that 1955 recording. Although uncredited on the CD, this closing cut was arranged and conducted by Rupert Holmes as part of the suspended Streisand-Holmes “Back to Broadway” recording sessions. Barbra dramatized the 1955 recording session as part of the opening of her Timeless concert tour in 2000. A recording of this was featured on the accompanying CD & DVD release: Timeless: Live in Concert. (Wikipedia)

(*) Alice Faye’s film recording is the opening song in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Alice Faye’s film recording appears also in Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 film The Shape of Water. The song is also performed later in the film by Sally Hawkins as part of a dance number with Doug Jones. Hawkins lip-synchs to a new recording of the song by Renée Fleming and the London Symphony Orchestra.

(**) Sic, wat Wikipedia betreft. Maar op YouTube kan men vaststellen dat er toch ook een persing uit 1955 bestaat.

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