Even the quiet moments of Barbra Streisand’s life can flip into gold.
The EGOT winner appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” for the primary time this week and confirmed a little-known secret: She impressed Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Streisand recounted that it began with a non-public second in mattress.
Stern reminded the multitalented icon that she had “a real bad opinion of men” earlier than she met James Brolin, her partner of 25 years. She recalled laying in mattress with him earlier than tying the knot, just for him to profess: “I don’t wanna fall asleep because then I’ll miss you.”
That line would quickly conquer the world as a topping chart hit.
“Can you believe it?” Streisand advised Stern. “He said that to me, and I repeated it on TV with Barbara Walters. I mean, what a thing to say… We were both spooning, you know — we’ve done our bits or whatever — and I’m about to fall asleep, and he says that to me.”
Streisand recalled her response quite vividly: “Oh my god, OK, yes, I’ll marry you.”
The couple did that on July 1, 1998, at their Los Angeles dwelling and seemingly thought nothing extra of the pillow speak. However, songwriter Diane Warren was at all times searching for inspiration and fatefully occurred to catch Streisand’s 1997 interview.
“Someone told me there was an interview with Barbra Streisand and her husband, and he had said how he doesn’t like to go to sleep, you know if he misses her, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a cool idea for a song if I can figure that out,’” Warren advised Shortlist in 2016.
“That’s where I got the title from,” she continued. “And I kept it in the back of my head, and when that movie came round, I thought, ‘You know, I’m gonna write this song because it could be about the end of the world ― it could fit that storyline, or it could fit this love story.’ ‘I could stay awake just to hear you breathing.’ I’m like, that’s a great opening line.”
The relaxation is popular culture historical past as “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” reportedly grew to become Aerosmith’s first No. 1 hit, bought tens of millions of copies within the U.S. alone — and have become the lead single for the “Armageddon” (1998) soundtrack.
When talking to Stern, Streisand added, “It was a powerful line, right?”