Who's That With John Lindsay?
Felt Forum Theater
Madison Square Garden
October 11, 1969
John Lindsay, the mayor of New York city, was running for his second term in 1969. On Saturday, October 11th celebrities who backed the Mayor participated in a $150-a-ticket gala at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden. One hour of the live show (including Streisand's three songs) was televised on New York's Channel 7; the preceding two hours were live at MSG.
The celebrities referenced in the show's title (Who's That With John Lindsay ... Alan, Barbra, Frank, and Harry) were Alan King, Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Harry Belafonte.
Below: A photo of Lindsay in reelection car, holding this magazine with Streisand on the cover.
Introduced as a “Super Superstar” by Merv Griffin, Barbra sang a great version of “Don't Rain On My Parade,” which seguéd into “People.” Barbra dedicated her next song to Mayor Lindsay and his “concern for air pollution” ... then giggled as she began to sing “On A Clear Day.”
Lindsay was reelected.
Streisand, who mostly supported Democrats when she sang for fundraisers, said in a 1998 chat on America Online, “I even helped Republican Mayor John Lindsay because I liked his politics.”
Listen to excerpts from the concert below—which was recorded from the television set when the gala was televised. Click the Play button:
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