Without demeaning today's talent, it's hard to imagine any of the current crop of artists in the official Top 20 actively performing in 50 years' time. But that's how long Barbra Streisand has been singing, recording, acting and garnering awards.
After issuing her first commercially available single in 1962, the little-known but positive rally, "Happy Days are Here Again", few would have predicted that the beautiful prodigy would blossom into a performer who has now shifted over 140 million records worldwide, hit the top-spot in the US and won Oscars for three separate films. As well as being a startlingly good singer, Streisand could act and make audiences laugh, a true all-round entertainer.
Her popularity has rarely waned with earlier songs such as "The Way We Were", "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond) and the disco-flavoured duet with Donna Summer, "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" standing proud amongst her later soundtrack work such as "Yentl" or her most-recent albums, "What Matters Most" and "Release Me" - in short, she's pretty much got the world in her hands. And doesn't she look great at 70 years old?
All of which adds up to her latest announcement - a European tour. With guest Chris Botti (smooth trumpeter extraordinaire) and full orchestra, she will sweep across the continent after performing just the one (so far) UK show - at London's O2 Arena on 1st June.
[TICKETS: 22/3/2013 9:00], priced from £65, right up to (cough) £450 for the top packages. Her following show is in Amsterdam on the 6th so there is an outside chance of further shows being added when (not if) this one sells out. It is her first UK date for over six years.