Long before Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga brought their remake of A Star Is Born to the silver screen — and the Billboard charts — Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand did the same, telling the story of a burgeoning singer who falls in love with a seasoned rock star.
The soundtrack to Streisand and Kristofferson’s reworking of the original 1937 movie and its 1954 remake, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, was released in November 1976. The set reached No. 1 on the Feb. 12, 1977-dated Billboard 200, where it ruled for six weeks.
But it was standout single “Evergreen,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, that marked a turning point in Streisand’s career. Co-written with Paul Williams, it was only her second composing credit. “I was very impressed [at the time] with people like Joni Mitchell, who could write and sing their own songs, so I started to take guitar lessons,” Streisand told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. “I played [“Evergreen”] over and over, driving my family crazy.”
The tune went on to win best original song at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, while she and Kristofferson won Golden Globes for best actor and actress in a motion picture musical or comedy, respectively.
They’re both going strong; Kristofferson released The Cedar Creek Sessions in 2016, and Streisand’s Walls hit No. 12 on the Billboard 200 last November. Cooper and Gaga’s Star, meanwhile, is up for multiple accolades at the 91st annual Oscars on Feb. 24, including best picture and original song, for their top five Hot 100 hit, “Shallow.”