Los Angeles, California
October 5, 1963
Concerts, Inc. in association with The House of Sight and Sound put together a triple-header for the evening of October 5th at the Hollywood Bowl: The Dave Brubeck Quartet opened the evening of music; Streisand followed with Peter Daniels conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; and Sammy Davis, Jr. closed the show.
Dave Brubeck recalled that evening and meeting Streisand for the first time. “I had never heard of her,” he said. “Neither had the audience. She was trembling like a leaf backstage before she went on. Then she walked out and killed that crowd. Sammy Davis followed her, and he presented every bit of his showmanship ... But it wasn't easy, after Streisand.”
Barbra taped her appearance on The Judy Garland Show the day before giving this concert. Garland's show was broadcast the day after this concert.
Variety reported: “At $6.50 top, and with 17,450 payees (200 more than there are Bowl seats), gross was $72,650, reports Lou Robin, who promoted event ...”
(Above) A 1960s photograph of the Bowl with its reflecting pool still in place. When Streisand played the Bowl again in 2012, she remembered the pool and how she was frightened she'd fall in!
(Above) Streisand's sailor top, which she wore at the Cocoanut Grove and also at the Bowl, was designed by Barbra while she was in Las Vegas. Hollywood costume designer Donfeld came backstage to visit Barbra and she asked him to make the blouse for her Cocoanut Grove opening. (Streisand, by the way, designed all of her original, non-vintage performance attire during these early years.)
Barbra's Hollywood Bowl Set List
Dave Brubeck Quartet
- Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home
- Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
- My Coloring Book
- Cry Me A River
- Lover, Come Back to Me
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
- Gotta Move
- When the Sun Comes Out
- [Introductions, Thanks]
- Down With Love
- Happy Days Are Here Again
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Below are scans of the 1963 Hollywood Bowl program with Streisand's bio and photos.
Page credits: Program scans by Rafe Chase, from his collection; Set list from "Hollywood Bowl 1963: One Night Only" by Richard Giammanco, Barbrabilia Magazine #4 (Spring); Karen Swenson.
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