Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon Sing a Medley of Tunes From Her New Album

Posted on September 16, 2014

Barbra Streisand on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Barbra Streisand hasn't been on The Tonight Show in 50 years and doesn't do many interviews, so it was a real surprise when she showed up as the featured guest last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Yes, Jimmy landed the interview and his singing skills helped seal the deal.

Barbra has a new album out today called Partners in which she sings duets with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Elvis Presley, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton and Stevie Wonder.

To start the show, Barbra sang a medley of songs from the album with Jimmy subbing in for Elvis, Blake and Michael Buble. They were absolutely magical together, and very funny. Jimmy donned a pompadour wig and a red silk scarf to sing the Elvis part of "Love Me Tender." When he showed up in the wig, Barbra cooed "My King!" Jimmy did a quick change into a cowboy hat to play Blake Shelton and sing "I'd Want It To Be You." Jimmy really nailed the Blake Shelton impersonation, causing Barbra to exclaim, "That's actually very good!" She is so funny: we were reminded again of why we loved her so much in her classic comedies such as On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Funny Girl, The Owl and the Pussycat and What's Up Doc?. Her comic timing is still perfect.

Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show


The third song was our favorite. Jimmy put on a bowtie with his tux to impersonate Michael Buble as they sang "It Had to Be You." We wish they'd done the full version of the song. It's one of our favorites from the album, along with "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel and "People" with Stevie Wonder.

Barbra was the only guest and during the interview she critiqued Jimmy's singing by joking "Don't quit your day job." She then said she was just poking fun, that he really was amazing. Jimmy teased her about her diva reputation and said he was expecting her to be a nightmare, but she was so kind and professional and polite. He even gave her his chair behind the desk. Here is the medley:



Photos: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC