In honor of Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away on August 6, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and more came out to sing some of the composer’s biggest songs.

Last night (September 19) at a memorial for Hamlisch at New York City’s Julliard School, where he was the youngest person to be accepted at just seven years old, Franklin put her own soulful spin on “Nobody Does It Better” from the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, originally performed by Carly Simon. Streisand also sang a song of Hamlisch’s, “The Way We Were” from the film of the same name, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Streisand, who closed out the show, talked about meeting Hamlisch for the first time in 1963 when she was starring in Funny Girl on Broadway. Hamlisch was not only the rehearsal pianist, but was assigned the job of getting everyone’s coffee in the morning. Since Babs wasn’t too fond of coffee, he would bring her chocolate doughnuts.

“He always brought me two, and so our love affair began,” Streisand explained to the crowd.

Liza Minnelli and trumpeter Chris Botti also performed at the memorial in which over 900 people attended.

Hamlisch worked on hundreds of scores including A Chorus Line on Broadway along with films like The Sting, Sophie’s Choice and Ordinary People.

Streisand is heading out on tour this fall, kicking things off in Philadelphia, PA on October 8.

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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