Monday, September 19, 2016
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Barbra Streisand
Song:The Main Event/Fight
In the late 70s, Barbra Streisand dipped her toe into the disco market. She only recorded a couple of disco songs but both were very successful. The Main Event was a top five hit in 1979. It's the theme from the film The Main Event. At the time, Barbra just had a monster hit with her duet with Neil Diamond You Don't Bring Me Flowers. But she hadn't made a film since A Star Is Born in 1976. The Main Event is a boxing film starring Ryan O'Neal. Barbra plays his manager/love interest. It's a comedy directed by Howard Zieff. When O'Neal agreed to do the film, Goldie Hawn was supposed to be his co-star. When she dropped out, the producers suggested Diana Ross. O'Neal said no but agreed to work with Barbra. The two starred in the very successful 1972 comedy What's Up Doc? Though The Main Event wasn't as good as What's Up Doc?, it did very well at the box office. And the soundtrack did very well. Mike Melvoin composed the score. With Barbra in the cast, they decided to feature her in the soundtrack. There are three versions of The Main Event on the soundtrack album. One version designed for clubs is 11 minutes long. It was released as a 12 inch single. A shorter version was released to radio stations and it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. There is also a ballad version that Barbra sang in the film. The song was written by Bob Esty and Paul Jabara. Jabara was one of the top producers of the disco era. He also produced the duet Barbra recorded with Donna Summer Enough Is Enough which was an even bigger hit. The rest of The Main Event soundtrack is filler and it's out of print anyway. You can get The Main Event on this budget comp. That was the end of Barbra Streisand as disco diva as she returned to more traditional pop with the 1980 album Guilty. Here's a video for The Main Event/Fight by Barbra Streisand. This video is not on Youtube.
BARBRA STREISAND - The Main Event/Fight (from... by vidclassics