Columbia Records Convention

Century Plaza Hotel

Los Angeles, California

August 2—3, 1974

Streisand with music stand

(Photo, above: Streisand sang some songs to the Columbia Records audience while referencing the sheet music on her music stand. Credit Image: Globe Photos/

At the Columbia Records convention in 1974, it was announced that Streisand signed with Columbia Records for another five years—although her manager, Marty Erlichman, told Billboard Magazine that he had a verbal agreement with Columbia but no signed contract yet.

Billboard Magazine reported that Streisand “previewed some four songs from the new package [note: Butterfly] to tumultuous approval in the Saturday closing spot at the CBS convention.” [Note: Song titles unknown.]

Streisand on stage singing

Columbia Records VP, Charles Koppelman, told columnist Joyce Haber: “This album [Butterly] is not only one of the best, it'll be one of the biggest Barbra's ever made. She wouldn't be closing our convention in August singing songs from it if I didn't think so.”

1974 Columbia Records convention

At the Columbia Records convention, Barbra also sang her hit “People” and said: “I've been singing this song for ten years, but I only just learned what it meant...”


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