On this day in music history: December 2, 1978…

On this day in music history: December 2, 1978 – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks (non-consecutive). Written by Marilyn & Alan Bergman and Neil Diamond, it is the third number one single for the pop superstar duo. The song is originally written for a short lived TV series created by Norman Lear (“All In The Family”, “Sanford & Son”, “The Jeffersons”), the song is not used when the shows original concept is changed. Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond initially cut solo versions of the song which appear on their then current albums. A radio station PD in Louisville, KY edits the two versions together, creating a new duet version. The response is so overwhelmingly positive that pair go into the studio and re-cut the song as an actual duet which is rush released as a single in October 1978. Entering the Hot 100 at #48 on October 28, 1978, the single races to the top of the chart five weeks later. It relinquishes the top spot to Chic’s “Le Freak” for one week on December 9, 1978, falling back to #3. It leaps back to the top for one more week on December 16, 1978, before “Le Freak” retakes the number one spot. Streisand and Diamond turn in a highly memorable live performance of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 27, 1980. Without any introduction, the singers walk on to the stage from opposite ends to rapturous applause, even before they can begin singing. Though they lose the Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group Grammy to The Doobie Brothers “Minute By Minute”, the performance is regarded as one of the greatest moments in the televised history of the awards show. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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