Woman in Love
|"Woman in Love"|
|Single by Barbra Streisand|
|from the album Guilty|
|Released||August 16, 1980|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
(Middle Ear, Miami Beach) 
|Genre||Soft rock, adult contemporary|
|Writer(s)||Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb|
|Barbra Streisand singles chronology|
"Woman in Love" is a song performed by Barbra Streisand and taken from her 1980 album, Guilty. The song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who received the 1980 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. It is her fourth of four Platinum records, and is considered her greatest international hit.
After the success enjoyed by the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, the band was asked to participate in musical endeavors for other artists, and Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write an album for her. This album ultimately became Guilty. "Woman in Love", as the lead single, became one of the most successful songs of Streisand's music career. It reached the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Streisand's fifth (and last to date) number one hit on that chart. It replaced Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" and was replaced by Kenny Rogers' "Lady." "Woman in Love" spent three weeks at the top of the chart. It also spent five weeks atop the adult contemporary chart, her sixth number one on that tally. The song also proved very popular internationally, reaching number one in many countries, including in the UK Singles Chart. The song sold more than 2.5 millions till December 1981, according to Billboard.
About midway through the song, Streisand holds a note for about 10 seconds while singing the line: I stumble and fall / But I give you it all (the word "all" is the one held for that duration). During the chart run of "Woman In Love", Casey Kasem claimed in an edition of the radio program American Top 40 that this was the longest unaltered note held by a soloist in a number-one song. However, this was corrected a few weeks later as at the time, "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, "All Out Of Love" by Air Supply and "Dim All The Lights" by Donna Summer had longer notes held. Streisand has openly stated that she doesn't like the song because she doesn't believe in the meaning of the lyrics. She has rarely performed the song live; she did, however, sing it on a couple of dates on her 2013 European tour.
The music video for the song was taken from various movies.
|A||"Woman in Love"||3:48|
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|Barbra Streisand||Lead vocals|
|Barry Gibb||acoustic guitar, arrangement|
|Pete Carr||Lead Guitar|
|Richard Tee||Keyboards, electric piano|
|Harold Cowart||Bass guitar|
|Denise Maynelli||Background vocals|
|Myrna Mathews||Background vocals|
|Marti McCall||Background vocals|
|Jerry Peel||French horn|
Barry Gibb's version
|"Woman in Love"|
|Song by Barry Gibb from the album The Guilty Demos|
Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
|Writer||Barry & Robin Gibb|
|The Guilty Demos track listing|
"Woman in Love" is the first demo Barry Gibb recorded for Barbra Streisand's album Guilty. This composition by the Gibb brothers Barry and Robin would become the album's very successful first single. And it was due to this demo that Barry Gibb became the first male artist to sing the song, though it was originally recorded for Streisand alone in order for her to sing the song for her album.
The Greek singer Anna Vissi recorded a Greek version of the song ("Το Ξέρω Θα 'Ρθεις Ξανά") for her album Ναι ("Yes") in 1980. Legendary French singer Mireille Mathieu recorded a French version ("Une Femme Amoureuse") in 1980. Danish songstress Gitte Hænning recorded a German version titled "Die Frau, die dich liebt". Eleni Tzoka, a Polish singer of Greek descent, recorded a Polish cover of the song titled "Zrobię ten błąd" (I'll Make that Mistake). The lyrical idea is completely different from the original version. Turkish pop star Nilüfer recorded a Turkish version of the song called "Ben Seni Seven Kadin"(I am the woman who loves you) in 1981. In 1982 the Hungarian singer Kati Kovács sang it in English on Top 12 album.
Czech singer Helena Vondráčková made minor hit in 1980 with her cover "To je štěstí (This Is Happiness)"
Jamaican singer Echo Minott did a 1982 version called 'Man In Love' which provided the rhythm for Dillinger's 'Five Man Army', and for the Massive Attack song of the same name.
In 2006, the Italian singer Filippa Giordano recorded a Spanish version of "Women in Love" called "Me he enamorado de ti". It was released in Mexico on her album, Primadonna.
On February 13, 2006, Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten, released a cover of "Woman in Love" as her first solo single. The track was produced by Robin Gibb who co-authored the song. McClarnon's version peaked at number five in the UK Top 40.
In October 2012, the all-male vocal quartet The Tenors (formerly The Canadian Tenors) released a version in Spanish ("Me he enamorado de ti") on their album "Lead With Your Heart".
In April 2013, Mando sang this song, as Barbra Streisand on the Greek edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar reality show. In October 2015, actor Krzysztof Respondek sang this song live on the Polish edition of this TV show (Twoja twarz brzmi znajomo, season 4), also performing as Streisand.
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