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About People

"People" is a song composed by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill for the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand, who introduced the song. The song was released as a single in 1964 with "I Am Woman", a solo version of "You Are Woman, I Am Man", also from Funny Girl. Andy Williams released a version of the song on his 1964 album, The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits. Ella Fitzgerald recorded the song live on her CBS release Ella Fitzgerald at the Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall. The Tymes had a top 40 hit with the song in 1968. Vic Damone recorded a version on his 1982 album Over the Rainbow. It has been covered by Billy Eckstine, Dionne Warwick, Steve Lawrence, Jack Jones, Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Wes Montgomery, Gabor Szabo, Perry Como, The Supremes and others, but is considered one of Streisand's signature songs. In 1998, Streisand's version was inducted in Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, Streisand's version on the soundtrack of Funny Girl finished at #13 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. 


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People who need people,
Are the luckiest people in the world
We're children, needing other children
And yet letting a grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

Lovers, very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person (one person)
One very special person (one very special person)

A feeling deep in your soul (in your soul)
Says you were half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
First be a person who needs people
People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world

No more hunger or thirst
First be a person who needs people (people need people)
People who need people
Are the luckiest (luckiest) people in the world

People who need people in the world
People who need people (send them your love)
Who need people
People who need people in the world (people who need people)
Send them your love (oh those people)
People who need people in the world (people who need people)
(Send them your love)
(People who need people in the world) people who need people
(Send them your love) people
People who need people in the world
(Send them your love)

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand /ˈstraɪsænd/; April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. more »

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Written by: Carmine Appice, Mark Stein, Tim Bogert, Vincent Martell

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

People" Songwriter
"People" was penned by the talented songwriter duo, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Jule Styne is well-known for his contributions to Broadway music and Bob Merrill for his popular music and Broadway scores.
Originated from a Broadway Musical
The song "People" originally came from the 1964 Broadway musical "Funny Girl". The musical is a semi-biographical plot, based on the life and career of Broadway and film star Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein.
Barbra Streisand's Hit
Sang by American singer Barbra Streisand, the song was a massive hit and became one of her signature songs. It was released in 1964 as a single from her album of the same name, which peaked at number one on the Billboard chart, staying there for five weeks.
Grammy Nomination
"People" earned Streisand her first nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1965.
Notable Charts Performance
The song ranked #13 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1964 and #5 on Billboard's Top 100 Easy Listening survey of the 1960s.
Billy Eckstine’s Cover
Noted jazz and pop singer Billy Eckstine recorded a cover version of "People" in 1969, which was well received and showcased his signature deep, resonant voice.
Streisand’s Memorable Performance
Streisand sang "People" in the musical film adaptation of "Funny Girl", released in 1968 – a performance that remains one of the most memorable parts of her career.
Song's Theme
The song "People" is about human connection and the importance of people in our lives. Its poignant lyrics express the deep emotional need for love and relationships.
"People" had a lasting influence on popular culture. It has been covered by numerous other artists, and Streisand's rendition is considered to be a classic in the American songbook.
Song's Recognition
In 1998, the song "People" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance".

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