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Born on this day: February 2, 1927 - Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (born Stanley Gayetzky in Philadelphia, PA). Happy Birthday to this jazz icon on what would have been his 88th Birthday.
Born on this day: February 2, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Graham Nash (born Graham William Nash in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK) of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Happy 73rd Birthday, Graham!
On this day in music history: February 2, 1974 - "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand hits #1 the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks (non-consecutive). Written by Marvin Hamlisch, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman, it is the first chart-topping single for the Oscar-winning singer and actress. The song is written as the theme to the Sydney Pollack drama starring Streisand and Robert Redford. Like the film, the theme is a runaway success. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on November 24, 1973, it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. After one week at the top, it is temporarily displaced by "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, then returns to the number one spot for two more weeks on February 16, 1974. The original hit single version of the song differs from the one appearing on the soundtrack album, with the single version containing a different (and most say) superior vocal take than what was released on the album. To date, the original 45 mix has yet to be reissued on CD or in any other digital form. "The Way We Were" will win the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year as well as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Song. The song will become a pop standard, being covered numerous times over the years, including versions by Gladys Knight, Shirley Bassey, Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, Dave Koz, and comedianne Gilda Radner. "The Way We Were" is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.