Miles Davis on almost playing with Barbara Streisand

September 29th, 2014

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Barbara Streisand in 1964

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From Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis recalls an evening (c. 1964) that could have had him on stage with a very young Barbra Streisand

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      One night we were playing at the Village Vanguard, and the owner Max Gordon wanted me to play behind a singer. So I told him I didn’t play behind no girl singer. But I told him to ask Herbie [Hancock] and if Herbie wanted to do it then it was okay with me. So Herbie, Tony [Williams], and Ron [Carter] played behind her and the people loved her. I didn’t play and neither did Wayne [Shorter]. I asked Max who she was, you know, what was her name. So Max said, “Her name is Barbra Streisand and she’s going to be a real big star.” So everytime I see her today somewhere I say, “Goddamn,” and just shake my head.

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A 1964 performance of Miles Davis playing “Autumn Leaves”

In 1964, Barbara Streisand appears on “What’s My Line?”

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  1. I remember the first time I saw Barbara … on an afternoon talk show. I thought she was wonderful. It didn’t take her long until she was the top-est of the tops

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