Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)

For other songs with the same name, see Evergreen.
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
Single by Barbra Streisand
from the album A Star Is Born: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "I Believe in Love"
Released December 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Vocal pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Barbra Streisand, Paul Williams[1]
Producer(s) Barbra Streisand, Phil Ramone
Certification Platinum
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
"My Heart Belongs to Me"

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" is the theme song from the 1976 film A Star Is Born. It was composed and performed by Barbra Streisand with lyrics by Paul Williams,[1] and arranged by Ian Freebairn-Smith.[2] The song was released on the soundtrack album to A Star Is Born.

As composers, Streisand and Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song. the first woman to be honored as a composer.[1] Streisand also earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. She and Williams also won Golden Globes for Best Original Song.

The song's opening couplet, "Love, soft as an easy chair, love fresh as the morning air," almost did not appear that way. Williams wrote the morning air line first, but told Streisand to "flip those two first lines, because it sings better."[3]

In 1997, the track appeared on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute.

Chart performance

In the US, the single became Streisand's second number 1 single and spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks atop the easy listening chart. This was Streisand's second number-one song on the Hot 100 (following "The Way We Were" in 1974), and her third on the adult contemporary chart ("The Way We Were" and 1964's "People").[4] In its year-end chart for 1977, Billboard ranked the platinum-certified single, which sold more than 2 million copies, the fourth-biggest single of the year. In the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at #3 in 1977.[1]

Weekly charts

Chart (1976–77) Peak
Australia KMR[5] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 27
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 18
Spain Top 40 Radio[10] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [14] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1977) Rank
Australia[5] 34
Canada RPM Top Singles [15] 2
New Zealand [16] 14
UK [17] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary [19] 2
U.S. Cash Box [20] 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 75,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


At the 20th Annual Grammy Awards the song was nominated in three categories, winning in two for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Song of the Year tying with "You Light Up My Life". The song was also nominated for Record of the Year.

Other versions

Streisand also recorded versions of the song in Spanish ("Tema de Amor de Nace Una Estrella"), French ( "De Reve en Reverie") with lyrics by Eddy Marnay, and Italian ("Sempreverde") with lyrics by Luigi Albertelli. The Spanish version was released as a track on the 1996 CD single, "I Finally Found Someone", a Streisand duet with Bryan Adams, and on the import CD version of the A Star is Born remastered soundtrack. The French and Italian versions have not yet been released commercially.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. "Songwriter Interview: Paul Williams by Carl Wiser".
  3. Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. 1 2 Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  5. ""A+Star+Is+Born"+(Evergreen)&cat=s Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – A Star Is Born - Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  6. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  8. ""A+Star+Is+Born"+(Evergreen)&cat=s Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – A Star Is Born - Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  9. Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. "Archive Chart: 1977-05-28" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  11. "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  12. "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  13. "Cash Box Top 100". Cashbox. 19 March 1977. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  14. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  15. "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1977-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  16. "Top 100 1977 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  17. "Billboard Easy Listening Charts Singles". Billboard Magazine. 24 December 1977. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  18. "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1977". Cashbox. 31 December 1977. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  19. "Canadian single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From A Star Is Born". Music Canada. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  20. "British single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 April 2016. Enter Evergreen in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. "American single certifications – Barbra Streisand – Evergreen". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 April 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
"Weekend in New England" by Barry Manilow
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
January 15, 1977 – February 19, 1977 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Southern Nights" by Glen Campbell
Preceded by
"New Kid in Town" by Eagles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 5, 1977 – March 19, 1977 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates
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