The Bizarre Story Behind Neil Diamond And Barbra Streisand’s Iconic “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” Duet

ByQuyen Anne

Mar 14, 2024

The iconic song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” performed by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand in 1978, has a backstory that’s as equally impressive. Initially intended as a theme song for the 1977 TV show “All That Glitters,” its purpose was reimagined due to an unforeseen setback.

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It was reported Diamond’s original piece was out of sync with the producers’ new vision, due to a sudden change in “All That Glitters” overall theme.

Not one to let good music go to waste, Diamond expanded the brief melody into a full-fledged song, delving into the emotional turmoil of a fading love affair. Both he and Streisand recorded their versions separately, capturing the sorrow and longing of lost intimacy. The real magic happened when innovative radio DJs merged these solo performances into a makeshift duet, sparking an unexpected hit that climbed the charts and captured everyone’s hearts.

While “All That Glitters” didn’t leave much of a mark on the entertainment world, the unexpected journey of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” stands as a lasting legacy, cherished as a classic duet. This bizarre yet inspiring story truly shows us how a change in plans can lead to the birth of an enduring masterpiece that lasts for generations.

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