The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show, John F. Kennedy was president of the US, The Beatles hadn’t yet come to America and albums were only being released on vinyl.
Now, more than 50 years later, Streisand will return to the show which has been hosted by Jimmy Fallon since February.
The 72-year-old music legend and gay icon has an ulterior motive: she is promoting the release of her latest album, Partners, which comes out a day after her appearance on 15 September.
Streisand last appeared on The Tonight Show in 1963 to promote her debut album. Longtime host Johnny Carson was then early in in 30 year run as host. He was followed by Jay Leno and, briefly, by Conan O’Brien.
Since that first album, Streisand has gone on to sell more than 71.5 million albums in the US and 245 million records sold worldwide. The multi-Grammy winner holds the record for the most top ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 32 since 1963.
Streisand rarely does talk shows but in recent years has guested on the daytime chatfests The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as The Katie Couric Show. She also made a memorable appearances on The Rosie O’Donnell Show in the 1990s and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1994.
She will be Fallon’s only guest on the night she appears.