Barbra's Singles

People / I Am Woman

People (3:39) (J. Styne, B. Merrill)

I Am Woman (2:53) (J. Styne, B. Merrill)

Released January 1964

PEOPLE 7inch label

About the Single

The people involved in the recording session of Streisand's seminal hit, “People,” were producer Mike Berniker, Arranger/Conductor Peter Matz, Peter Daniels on piano for the session, and Frank Liaco in the recording booth. There was, reportedly, an argument between the producers and Streisand's manager Marty Erlichman about the length of the single and whether or not to cut the interlude to make the song shorter. (They kept the interlude).

Foreign picture sleeves for Streisand's PEOPLE single

(Above: Holland and Denmark picture sleeves of the “People” single.)

Peter Matz said the single of “People” “haunted” him for years. “You see,” he explained, “the version they released was the one with the wrong note on the French horn. Barbra's vocal on that first take was the best, so they went with it, flaws and all.”

Mark Iskowitz's BJS MUSIC GUIDE also noted:

“I Am Woman,” Barbra's unique solo version of the “You Are Woman” duet from Funny Girl, pre-dates the Broadway cast album release by three months and was one of Barbra's last recordings produced by Mike Berniker. Released for first time on CD in 2002 as bonus track on non-U.S./Canada remastered editions of People album.

“People” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1998 as a Traditional Pop (Single). The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Award was established by The Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.

In 2017, "People" was deemed worthy of preservation as part of America's heritage by the Library of Congress.

Time Magazine reported, “These recordings are among 25 new additions to the Library's National Recording Registry, which preserves an ever-expanding list of sound recordings because they are recognized to be 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.' The new additions bring the total number of titles on the registry to 475.”

“It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song 'People' by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress,” said Streisand in a statement. “I believe "People" touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

Below: Columbia Records also released an orange-labeled version of “People.”

Orange label of People

Billboard Charts

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine.

Here's the numbers for this Streisand single:


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