Saturday, November 17, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Mr. Goldstone From “Gypsy”

Bette Midler - Mr. Goldstone From "Gypsy"


Awards and nominations

Midler won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Gibb was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the production was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

The film was nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Midler, and won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction (Michael Rafter). Read More

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On this day in history, Bette Midler released the album, “Broken Blossom” November 17, 1977.

On This Day In History: Broken Blossom – Bette Midler – Album Was Released Nov 17, 1977

Bette Midler - Broken Blossom

Mister D: What are ya’lls favorite songs from this album? Anybody remember when you first bought it? What was your first reaction to hearing it?

On this day in history, Bette Midler released the album, “Broken Blossom” November 17, 1977.

Broken Blossom is the fourth studio album by American singer Bette Midler, her second album release in 1977 and her fifth on the Atlantic Records label. Just as Midler’s three previous studio albums Broken Blossom includes songs from a wide variety of genres, ranging from Edith Piaf‘s signature tune “La vie en rose“, Phil Spector-esque covers of Billy Joel‘s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and Harry Nilsson‘s “Paradise” and hard rock like Sammy Hagar‘s “Red”, to a jazzy duet with Tom Waits, “I Never Talk to Strangers”, and a rendition of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes“, originally from Walt Disney‘s 1950 film version of Cinderella. The album reached #51 on Billboards album chart. Read More

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Diva Las Vegas

Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas

Awards
Won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations

  • 1998
    American Comedy Awards, USA
    Won, American Comedy Award
    Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication
    Bette Midler
  • 1997
    Awards Circuit Community Awards
    Won, ACCA
    Best Documentary Feature
  • 1997
    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
    Bill Brigode (co-producer), Bette Midler (executive producer), Douglas C. Forbes (co-producer), Marty Callner (producer), Randall Gladstein (co-producer), Bonnie Bruckheimer (executive producer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special – Multi-Camera Production
    Jeff U’ren (editor), Troy Okoniewski (editor)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program
    Bette Midler (performer)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries or a Special
    Allen Branton (lighting designer), Peter Morse (lighting designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Music Direction
    Bobby Lyle (music director)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (costume designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
    Robert Ramos (hairstylist)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special
    Don Worsham (production/re-recording mixer), Kooster McAlister (production mixer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (production designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program
    Marty Callner (director)

    Source: IMDB Pro

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    Old #FLOTITS! I’m Laughing Bette Midler – This Reminds Me Of The Good Old Days And The Past 50 Years You’ve Been Talking About Tits!

    New York Post
    Bette Midler slammed for calling Melania Trump ‘FLOTITS’
    By Yaron Steinbuch
    November 16, 2018

    Mister D: Personally, I’ve been keeping myself out of the fray as far as name-calling. In fact, I’ve been doubling down on the Democrats, because they have to get better. We cannot afford  to keep revoting the same people in who are not working for us, but the 1%. They are both corrupt and evil parties in their own way. We need desperately to get corporate money out and let campaigns become grassroots like they used to be. Almost every politician is a sell out and that includes Obama and Hillary.

    But what kills me is all the name-calling from each side who think they have the moral high ground. And frankly, neither party does. Everything has been exposed since Trump ran and got into office. Presidents, First Ladies, GOP, DNC, MSM. It truly is a goldmine of farce and propaganda. Some of us are really waking up, but it’s taking the masses quite awhile to catch up. You don’t have to be intelligent to see it, you just have to be open and aware. It’s like Bernie Sanders said, research everything, even what I say. You do that, then watch TV news and you’ll see how much of the truth is edited out by all. Read More

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    Carmen Ruby Floyd, Bette’s Understudy in Hello Dolly!, Will Play At The Historic Birdland Jazz Club

    WKBW Buffalo
    Carmen Ruby Floyd, Bette’s Understudy in Hello Dolly!, Will Play At The Historic Birdland Jazz Club
    By Ashley Rowe
    Nov 14, 2018

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    Carmen Ruby Floyd, Bette’s Understudy in Hello Dolly!, Will Play At The Historic Birdland Jazz Club

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – On November 16, a Buffalo native will be performing at the historic Birdland Jazz Club in New York City – a venue where Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Marilyn Monroe once frequented.

    Carmen Ruby Floyd has been rehearsing for weeks for her headlining act. It’s an important show for her, as this will be her first solo gig since ending her run in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. Floyd was the understudy for the legendary Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters in the role of Dolly Levi. Read More

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    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Bette Midler’s NYRP: The hidden power of community gardens (very interesting too)

    The Architects Newspaper
    The hidden power of community gardens
    By SUSANNAH DRAKE
    November 13, 2018

    Bette Midler and Executive Director Deborah Marton
    Bette Midler and Executive Director Deborah Marton

    As a follow-up to my conversation with Commissioner Silver, I contacted Deborah Marton to speak with her about the New York Restoration Project’s work with under-served communities in New York. The group’s mission states:

    New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. Read More

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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Audio Auction: Bette Midler LIVE 1972 NYC club concert reel-to-reel tape unheard ONE-OF-A-KIND! (Take A Listen)

    Bette Midler - Rare Tracks Auctioned Off On Ebay

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    Hiding in an unmarked tape box for over 40 years, here we have an entire, never-before-heard 1972 performance by Bette Midler! This in-house stereo recording was made by Continental Baths deejay Don Fendley in early 1972 (most likely on January 15th).

    This 77-minute show was recorded straight through (no edits or interruptions) using at least two onstage microphones, which were likely fed into the DJ booth.

    This is Miss M. captured during one of The Baths’ famed Saturday night cabaret shows — and as this historic recording documents, she keeps the audience right in the palm of her hand! Bette proudly introduces her excellent backing band (Michael Federal, Kevin Ellman, Lee Gurst and Barry Manilow), teases club owner Steve Ostrow and praises The Baths toward the end of the show. The evening concludes with a final announcement by the MC: “We ask that the ladies — as soon as they can get themselves together — please leave and we can turn The Baths back to us boys and then we’ll have our disco!” Read More

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    Video: MARTHA (Tom Waits) by Sam Harris as “Tom Frost” (Bette Midler’s version included along with a snippet of Rolling Stone talking about the performance.)

    Sam Harris sings Martha

    Mister D: I just love the way Sam Harris covers songs associated with Bette Midler. You can  tell he is very influenced by her. And it shows.

    MARTHA
    Music & Lyrics, Tom Waits

    Operator, number please, it’s been so many years
    Will she remember my old voice while I fight the tears
    Hello, hello there, is this Martha, this is old Tom Frost
    And I am calling long distance, don’t worry ’bout the cost
    Cause it’s been forty years or more, now Martha please recall
    Meet me out for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all

    And those were the days of roses, of poetry and prose
    And Martha all I had was you and all you had was me
    There was no tomorrows, we packed away our sorrows
    And we saved them for a rainy day

    And I feel so much older now, and you’re much older too
    How’s your husband, and how’s your kids,
    you know that I got married too
    Lucky that you found someone to make you feel secure
    Cause we were all so young and foolish, now we are mature

    And those were the days of roses, of poetry and prose
    And Martha all I had was you and all you had was me
    There was no tomorrows, we packed away our sorrows
    And we saved them for a rainy day

    And I was always so impulsive, I guess that I still am
    And all that really mattered then was that I was a man
    I guess that our being together was never meant to be
    And Martha, Martha, I love you, can’t you see

    And those were the days of roses, of poetry and prose
    And Martha all I had was you and all you had was me
    There was no tomorrows, we packed away our sorrows
    And we saved them for a rainy day

    And I remember quiet evenings, trembling close to you

    Written by: Tom Waits
    Published by: Fifth Floor Music Inc. (ASCAP), ©1973
    Official album release: “Closing Time”


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    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Auction: Bette Midler Items will be auctioned off in Julien’s Bob Mackie Collection November 17, 2018 (Photos Included)

    The Bob Mackie Collection

    Auction: Bette Midler Items will be auctioned off in Julien’s Bob Mackie Collection November 17, 2018

    JOIN JULIEN’S AUCTIONS AS WE CELEBRATE THE TIMELESS GLAMOUR AND INIMITABLE STYLE AND GENIUS OF LEGENDARY FASHION AND COSTUME DESIGNER BOB MACKIE IN PROPERTY FROM COLLECTION OF BOB MACKIE. THIS FASHION AUCTION EVENT OF THE SEASON FEATURING OVER 200 CREATIONS FROM THE RENOWNED DESIGNER WILL TAKE PLACE MID–NOVEMBER 2018 IN A LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION AT JULIENSLIVE.COM

     Cher. Carol Burnett. Diana Ross. Bette Midler. Raquel Welch. These are just some of the entertainment icons and muses Bob Mackie has designed for and whose legendary designs have captured the public imagination and made headlines around the world. Highlights of this one–of–a–kind fashion event will feature Carol Burnett’s colorful costumes worn on The Carol Burnett Show including a pair of costumes worn by Burnett and Joel Grey in a “Commedia Dell’Arte” skit with Grey and Burnett as Punch and Judy dolls (estimate: $2000–$4000); a coral jersey gown and embellished bolero worn on the show by Burnett (estimate: $1,000–$2,000) and a colorful custom-made crepon gown worn by Burnett to The People’s Choice Awards in 1977 (estimate: $2000–$4000). The sale will also include several of Cher’s most iconic, headline-making ensembles worn in the 1970s including her 1974 Academy Awards custom made hand painted silk ensemble comprised of a cape, a bandeau top with scarf and a low waisted layered skirt (estimate: $4,000–$6,000); a spaghetti strapped jersey gown worn on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); a marigold jersey jumpsuit worn while performing “Everyday People” with Sonny on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); a large Mother Goose costume worn by Cher in a skit with Bette Midler on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and more.  In a testament to Bob Mackie’s continued fashion legacy, the auction will also feature a petal pink satin gown worn by Julia Louis–Dreyfus to the 1998 Emmy Awards (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); Raquel Welch’s figure-hugging nude jersey gown embellished with topaz and white faceted glass and rows of gold bugle beads worn on the Cher Show (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); and a black custom-made gown worn by Lauren Bacall in 1970 in the Broadway show Applause and to the 24th Annual Tony Awards where she won for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in the Musical Applause (estimate: $3,000–$5,000). Read More

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    Friday, November 9, 2018

    Audio: Bette Midler – Steal Away Again – Written By Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, and Bruce Roberts (Demo)

    Bette Midler - Steal Away Again
    Bette Midler – Steal Away Again – Written By Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, and Bruce Roberts (Demo)

    Steal Away Again
    (Carole Bayer Sager/Bruce Roberts/Bette Midler)

    Baby won't you come and take me by my hand
    Won't you come and take me for a ride
    We almost got to Disneyland one night
    It was abandoned in the light
    And then the wind blew in Whisperin"
    Some folks are not meant to win
    Tell me how would you like it
    Say would you like it
    Close your eyes and maybe we could roll away again
    Tell me how would you like it
    Say would you like it
    If you and I were crazy we would
    Steal away again

    Baby won't you come and take me to the sea
    Well find ourselves a ship that is heaven bound
    We almost sailed away one pearly dawn
    But in the light of early morning
    Ooo the wind blew in Whisperin
    Some folks ore not meant to win

    Tell, me how would you like it
    Say would you like it
    Close your eyes and maybe we could roll away again
    How would you like it
    Say would you like it
    If you and I were dumb enough
    We would steal away again Read More

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