Guilty (Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb song)

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Single by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
from the album Guilty
B-side "Life Story"
Released October 1980
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1980
(Middle Ear, Miami Beach)[1]
Genre Pop, smooth jazz
Length 4:23
Label Columbia (US)
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Woman in Love"
"What Kind of Fool"
Barry Gibb singles chronology
"I'll Kiss Your Memory"
"What Kind of Fool"

"Guilty" is a vocal duet between Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb. The song was written by all three Bee Gees: Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. Released as a single from Streisand's 1980 album of the same name.[2] "Guilty" peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and #5 on the adult contemporary chart. In the UK, the song reached #34 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. In addition, "Guilty" won a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. The song also appeared on the 2001 Bee Gees compilation, Their Greatest Hits: The Record.[3]

British singer Maria Lawson revealed in her 2008 autobiography Life Starts Now that she recorded a version of the song in 1996 which was scheduled to be her debut solo single, produced by XL Records. This version also featured British rapper Dark Man who at the time was signed to Polydor Records. The song experienced several delays and remains unreleased. There is also a version by Tom Jones and Gladys Knight. It's also used in the film Madea's Witness Protection.

Chart performance[edit]


Human Nature version[edit]

"Guilty (One in a Million)"
Guilty (one in a million) by Human Nature.jpg
Single by Human Nature
from the album Walk the Tightrope
Released August 2004
Format CD single
Recorded Sydney, Australia
Genre Pop
Length 3:50
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Human Nature singles chronology
"When You Say You Love Me"
"Guilty (One in a Million)"
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)"

Australian band Human Nature, released a cover version of the song as the second single from their album Walk the Tightrope. It introduced rapper Kelly K.A.E. The song peaked at No. 33 in Australia.

Music video[edit]

A music video was released to promote the song; with the group and Kelly K.A.E. singing the song in a studio. At one point, you see them flicking through vinyl records, one of which is the album “Guilty” by Streisand. [10]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. Guilty
  2. Guilty (Instrumental)
  3. When You Say You Love Me (Ben Hudson Drums Mix)
  4. Haunted


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 33

Barry Gibb version[edit]

Song by Barry Gibb
from the album The Guilty Demos
Released November 2006
Format Download
Recorded October 1979 at Criteria Studios, Miami
Length 4:02
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb
The Guilty Demos track listing
"Woman in Love"

"Guilty" is a song originally recorded by Barry Gibb as a guideline to Barbra Streisand for her album Guilty. On which Gibb on guitar, Blue Weaver on keyboard and Albhy Galuten on synthesizer.

The demo however sounds like the others, and since Barry sings it in falsetto throughout he had probably not yet decided to make it a duet. (By contrast, parts of "What Kind of Fool" are natural voice.) It was said to have been the last song submitted for the album.[12]


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  2. ^ "Barbra Streisand - Guilty". 
  3. ^ "Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record". 
  4. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1981-01-18. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  6. ^ a b c Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 1/24/81". 1981-01-24. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1981/Top 100 Songs of 1981". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Human Nature - Guilty (One In A Million)". YouTube. March 15, 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "HUMAN NATURE - GUILTY (SONG)". Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1979". Retrieved 2016-10-19.