Barbra Streisand isn’t just one of Columbia Records’ biggest artists – she’s also the major label’s most loyal.
Streisand recently celebrated 57 years since she first signed with the label in 1962 with an adorable throwback picture of the budding star, grinning ear to ear, signing her contract while Goddard Lieberson (Columbia Records president from 1956-71, and 1973-75), Marty Erlichman (Streisand’s manager, who just celebrated his 90th birthday) and David Kapralik (Columbia Records A&R) look on.
The 57-year anniversary handily makes her the longest-running continuous artist on Columbia. Over the course of her storied career, from 1963’s Grammy-winning The Barbra Streisand Album to 2018’s Walls, the singer-actor-director-icon became the first artist to score a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in six consecutive decades. She boasts 11 albums to top the Billboard 200, starting with People hitting No. 1 in 1964.