Twenty-five years ago, Aerosmith reached the top of the charts for the first time with the song “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” – and the band became a hit. Barbara Streisand no thanks.
Although the Aerosmith theme dates back to 1998 The disaster A smash hit, the song wasn’t written by the boys from Boston (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford And Joey Kramer). Legendary songwriter Diane Warren She wrote the song, and in Streisand’s new memoir, My Name is Barbara, Streisand claims it was a romantic moment with her husband, James BrolinIt inspired Warren, 67, to write the song.
Streisand recalls that he was lying in bed with Brolin, 83, one night when he told her: “I don’t want to sleep.” When asked why, Brolin replied: “Because I’m going to miss you.” Streisand wrote that this was “a beautiful and poetic thing to say.” I was captured by a moment of complete bliss…physical, emotional and spiritual.
The “Woman In Love” singer shared this anecdote during a 1997 appearance 20/20 with Barbara WaltersAnd according to Streisand, Warrant was watching. She wrote the conversation between Streisand and Brolin, which would become the basis for the song’s chorus: “I don’t want to close my eyes / I don’t want to sleep / ‘Cause I’ll miss you, baby / And I don’t want to.” “I don’t want to miss anything.”
Although Aerosmith has topped the rock charts since they burst onto the scene in the early 1970s, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” is Aerosmith’s first and only No. 1 hit in the United States. The song also earned the band a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. (The band lost to Stephen SchwartzSong “When You Believe”. Mariah Carey And Whitney Houston’s performance Prince of Egypt).
Streisand added, “It’s a pleasure to see so many people responding to Jim’s words. Well, no surprise…me too!”
Warren confirmed that Streisand inspired the song when he spoke to ABC News in 2018. In 2016, Warren reflected on how “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” ended up with Aerosmith while speaking Shortlist. “When I wrote it, I thought I was going to end up like Celine Dion or someone like that, you know, back in the day – I mean, who’s a great singer – but it’s so cool to hear someone like Steven Tyler – this raw, macho rock star, this guy Amazingly powerful – for him to say that lyric, it brought a whole other dimension to it.
Amid this tidbit about Aerosmith, Streisand’s memoir came with a series of surprises, including her claims that she had an affair with Charlie Chaplin’s son, Sidney Chaplin, while working in the Broadway play “Funny Girl.” She also shared some thoughts about her relationship with her ex-husband, Elliot Gouldincluding the “shock” when she learned she was pregnant with their son, Jason Gould.