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Barbra Streisand made her first recording at age 13 on this date in 1955, singing “You’ll Never Know” and “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” at Nola Recording Studios on West 57th St. (near Carnegie Hall) in Manhattan. “We had a weeks’ vacation a year in the Catskill Mountains, and that’s where my mother found a piano player to make a record with her,” Streisand said in 2014. She included “You’ll Never Know” on her 1991 retrospective set, Just For the Record, writing: “This scratchy acetate was the kind that would wear out after a couple of dozen plays. Mine sat on a shelf for twenty years before I put it on tape.” To hear her “scratchy acetate,” look below. The song’s lyricist was Warsaw-born Mack Gordon (Morris Gittler), who was nominated for the best original song Academy Award nine times in eleven years, and won for “You’ll Never Know.” The music was by Harry Warren (Salvatore Antonio Guaragna).

“You went away
And my heart went with you
I speak your name
In my every prayer
If there is some other way
To prove that I love you
I swear, I don’t know how
You’ll never know if you don’t know now.” –Mack Gordon