|"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"|
|Single by Barbra Streisand|
|from the album A Star Is Born (soundtrack)|
|B-side||"I Believe In Love"|
|Barbra Streisand singles chronology|
"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 American singer, songwriter, actress and director Barbra Streisand with lyrics by Paul Williams, and arranged by Ian Freebairn-Smith. The song was released on the soundtrack album to A Star Is Born.
As composers, Streisand and Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song, making Streisand the first woman to be so honored as a composer. She also earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Streisand 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".
In 1997, the track appeared on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute.
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"). 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.
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||75,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
At the 49th Academy Awards the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Barbra Streisand became the only woman in history to win the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. At the 34th Golden Globe Awards the song won the 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.
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 yet to appear on a CD release.)
Frank Sinatra recorded that song with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra on November 12, 1976, along with "I Love My Wife". However, it remains unreleased.
British singer Hazell Dean recorded a dance version of the song in 1984, and reached #63 in the UK Singles Chart.
Luther Vandross recorded a cover for his 1994 album Songs.
Kenny Rogers sang his own revival for his 1996 album Vote for Love.
In 2002, Philippine rap group Salbakuta sampled Streisand's single in their song "S2pid Luv".
Scottish singer Todd Gordon recorded a big band version with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires for the album Helping the Heroes (2012) produced by Ken Barnes.
In 2021, Randy Rainbow created a parody version "Marjorie Taylor Greene," as a satire about the congresswoman who traffics in conspiracy theories.