Sunday, June 26, 2011


"Tell Him" is a duet between Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion. It was released on November 3, 1997 as the first single from Dion's Let's Talk About Love and Streisand's Higher Ground albums. On March 24, 1997 Céline Dion became the first artist ever to perform twice on the same Academy Awards night. In addition to singing "Because You Loved Me," she also sang "I Finally Found Someone" from the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces, recorded by Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams. Streisand preferred not to perform that night and Natalie Cole had been scheduled to sing her song instead. But Cole pulled out and two days before the Oscar night, Céline Dion was asked if she could do it. Although nervous, she accepted and managed to perform on the night.

A few days later, Streisand sent Dion flowers and a note: "I watched the tape afterwards, you sang my song beautifully and I regret I wasn't in the room to hear you, next time let's make one together. I really wish your song would have won, you are a wonderful singer." That note wasn't left without an answer and René Angélil called up David Foster to write a song for them, and the result was "Tell Him."On October 7, 1997 "Tell Him" had its first runs on the United States radio waves. This duet was rejected however by non-adult contemporary radio stations. Even if the song was a large adult contemporary hit, Sony Music Entertainment cancelled the U.S. single release, because it didn't have a broad enough support to put the song on top of the charts. However, "Tell Him" was a huge hit outside the U.S.

"Tell Him" peaked at number 2 in the Netherlands and Ireland, number 3 in Belgium, Europe, France and the United Kingdom, number 4 in Italy and Switzerland, and was a top 10 hit in many other countries. The single has sold very well around the world, receiving platinum awards in the Netherlands (75,000), Belgium (50,000), and gold in the United Kingdom (400,000), France (400,000), Australia (35,000), Switzerland (25,000) and Norway (10,000). "Tell Him" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1998.

"Tell Him" was later included on both artists' compilations: Dion's The Collector's Series, Volume One and Streisand's The Essential Barbra Streisand. In 2008, it became also a part of Dion's greatest hits My Love: Essential Collection.

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Jean Soo said...

i love, i love this song!! :) :D

stevebethere said...

Two great voices together...good pick

Have a good week :-)

Ian said...

What a belter of a great song - Thanks for sharing this song - have a great MM xxx

LadyJava said...

ohhh.. I love this song!! So long have not heard this one!

Happy MM!

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