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How Barbra Streisand’s love life changed Aerosmith’s career
It all starts with a celebrity couple. Streisand became engaged to actor James Brolin. Brolin is known for his roles in popular movies like The Amityville Horror, Our Man Flint, and Fantastic Voyage. According to The Ringer, Streisand and Brolin discussed their relationship in a fateful 1997 interview with Barbara Walters. There, Streisand related an anecdote that inspired one of the most famous power ballads of the 1990s.
“And we’re just about to fall asleep, I thought,” Streisand said. “[Brolin] says, ‘I don’t want to fall asleep. And so I say, ‘Why not?’ And he says, ”Cause then I’ll miss you.’”
Diane Warren, the songwriter behind such hits as Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” and Celine Dion’s “If You Asked Me To,” watched that interview. It inspired her to write down a song title: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
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Months later, Warren had the opportunity to write a song for Michael Bay’s action film Armageddon. She wrote “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing,” which would become a famous Aerosmith song. The track prompted different responses from different members of Aerosmith. Kramer had a very specific issue with it which Aerosmith resolved.