Cafe Pompeii, Eden Roc Hotel
45th and Collins
Miami Beach, Florida
March 19—23, 1963
March 25—26, 1963
Cafe Pompeii was another stop on Barbra Streisand's promotional tour for her first album. Barbra performed for the tanned, elderly Miami crowd.
In his book, Truth Be Told: Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions, the venerable Larry King wrote, “I'll never forget when I first met Barbra Streisand. She was relatively unknown and singing at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach. Her manager called me up and said, ‘Nobody's coming. The waiters are standing on the tables applauding, but nobody else is here. Will you put her on the radio?’”
Streisand appeared on Larry King's WPST show, “Miami Undercover,” in March 1963. King said that before her interview she told him, “I know you don't know me. But you are going to know me, Larry King, you are going to know me.”
Miami Herald Review—March 21, 1963
TALENT-LADEN FRANCHI AND BARBRA SHINE
by Jack Anderson
SINGERS Barbra Streisand and Sergio Franchi makes a curious and not altogether harmoniously mixed bag of musical fare in the Eden Roc's Cafe Pompeii this week.
We mean their joint appearances on the same bill, not their respective talent and personalities which are enormous and engaging.
Miss Streisand is the freshest, most provocative singer to walk into the show business clearing in many years, as anybody knows who has seen her appearances on Johnny Carson's NBC Tonight TV show.
Franchi is a lean, strikingly handsome Italian baritone with a voice of unbelievable range and color. He, too, was flushed out of obscurity by television - on Ed Sullivan's CBS show.
To anybody unfamiliar with the technique and repertoire of either singer, their juxtaposition in the Cafe Pompeii on the same show would seem to be a happy combination. A regular Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald team. But not on your life, cats.
Miss Streisand, a big girl with fey green eyes and the profile of an Egyptian princess of ancient dynasty, is an avante-garde singer.
Her hands grope the air, her head rocks back and out comes singing of the most off-beat exciting kind. And songs of content and arrangement miles outside the standard pale.
The one of two standards she belts out are her own tongue-in-cheek versions -- such songs as "Lover, Come Back to Me," "Big Bad Wolf," and "Happy Days Are Here Again" - done with a sort of mad mockery. The "Happy Days" anthem of the New Deal sounds in Miss Streisand's treatment as if it had been a Republican idea.
[...] Franchi is an irresistible crowd pleaser. He sings in English, French, Italian, and Hebrew a whole row of standard ballads with vocal command and subtlety.
It's unfortunate that two such disparate talents should have to share the same bill. It's debatable whether the same audience can respond with the appreciation they equally deserve.
Miss Streisand, incidentally, will appear on Sullivan's show Sunday. The Cafe Pompeii will be closed that night while she wings to New York and back. The show will resume on Monday.
Below: Streisand in the local Eden Roc ad; Barbra and Elliott Gould snapped by a photographer at Miami airport, 1963.
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