Music: The Way She Was

The Way She Was

In 1955, 13-year-old Barbra Streisand and her mother met a piano player in the Catskills who steered them to a Brooklyn studio where, for a few dollars, they could record some songs. He accompanied them but, during Mrs. Streisand's efforts, intruded heavily on the vocals. Barbra would have none of that. "No, no," she told him, "we'll just do a little ((piano)) interlude and then I'll come back in." That recording, of You'll Never Know, begins and ends Streisand's new four-CD boxed set, JUST FOR THE RECORD, nicely framing the point that even then her talent -- and chutzpah -- were...

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