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Monthly Archives: January 2003
Friday, January 31, 2003
Hello All!!!! Just wanted to drop a line and tell you a few things. I put up some songs, however Bette is not singing in any of them….she co-wrote these with Carole Bayer Sager and Bruce Roberts. This selection will be a little unusual in that I have one song listed sung by 3 different people plus….and an additional 2 songs.
You will be hearing 3 different versions of “Steal Away Again”….respectively by Lisa Hartman, Bruce Roberts, and then Carole Bayer Sager. The other two songs are “You’re Moving Out Today” and “I Could Have Loved You” performed by Carole Bayer Sager and The Moments, respectively…
Mister D: No wonder Bette got frustrated with Hollyweird…:
In this crazy stage show we call life, it’s easy to see why a film that glories in sex and violence would be considered instant box office. But the truth is that “Chicago” has been 27 years in the making. Why so long? We chronicle the musical’s painful journey to the big screen…
1975-77: Bob Fosse’s Broadway production opens to mixed reviews. The show closes after two years.
1975-87: Fosse and Broadway producer Marty Richards talk of adapting “Chicago” for the big screen. Fosse toils over a workable screenplay and finally avows, “It cannot be done!”
Mister D: Thought I’d repost this here due to Maurice Gibbs untimely death
Bette Midler — vocal
END OF TIME
writers: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb (1998)
recorded 1998, US
lead vocal Bette Midler
No released version.
Intended for her Bathhouse Bette album, this was one of the songs cut when the original 15 songs were cut to 12.
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Report: Bruce Vilanch in Talks to Play Edna in Hairspray
By Robert Simonson
January 30, 2003
Comic and writer Bruce Vilanch is in talks to play Edna Turnblad in the national tour of Hairspray, producer Margo Lion told the Baltimore Sun Jan. 30.The information could not be confirmed by any show representative, but Vilanch’s possible involvement has been a topic of discussion in the theatre community for weeks. The beefy, bearded, bespectacled Vilanch is an institution in Hollywood. He writes comic material for many of Tinsel Town’s award programs, including the Oscars and Emmys.
Enron failure: sign of a healthy capitalist system
Commentary By Jonah Goldberg
Ken Lay should be handcuffed to a basement radiator next to a half-starved wolverine. The cadre of cash-outers from Enron’s executive ranks should be forced to watch Bette Midler’s Beaches with their eyelids propped open, like the guy from A Clockwork Orange, for the rest of their lives.
Mister D: If you ask me, those guys should be so lucky. They might have gained a little character and a little humanity HAD they seen it…and commentators like this should dole out credible punishments instead of trying to be insipidly cute and pseudo-hip
Divine Mr. M
By Daryl Sanders
A chance meeting with no less a vocal talent than The Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler, proved to be a catalyst of sorts for singer-songwriter David Mead’s new album.
Mine and Yours (RCA), which was released to record stores nationwide today, features a leaner sound than Mead’s debut effort, The Luxury of Time. His vocals are featured more prominently on the new record, a decision that was in part inspired by a conversation he had with Midler backstage at The Belcourt Theater.
Gaydos and Co-CEO Bernard Fox, who also works in the recording industry, have been collecting equipment that has been used to record the works of artists such as Nat King Cole, Bette Midler , Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and B.B. King. The magic of the museum, Gaydos said, is the collaborative efforts that come about from maintaining, using and searching out pieces for the museum.
For Full Article: Sound Museum
Alex Davidson, Astoria Times-Ledger 1-30-03
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
From the Greenwich Village Gazette: Ernest Barteldes
On Bette Midler: Buzzy performed with Bette Midler in the early days,
when he co-authored her “theme song”, which was called “Friends.” The song was originally intended as a “folky thing that you could play with one microphone placed with an acoustic guitar, but she turned it into a Broadway-like show tune.”
At the time Buzzy played with Midler, she had just finished “Fiddler on A Roof” on Broadway, and she had started performing at the after-hours Continental baths in New York City. He recalls, from that time, Barry Manilow inviting him to write songs with him – which he never did – “I kick myself because of that”.
CD Review By Jack Nichols
It was early autumn, 1970. Manhattan’s Continental Baths, a luxurious house of pleasures, was enjoying its heyday. Peter Silberman, who’d been hired as the Continental’s press agent, called me at the offices of GAY, America’s first gay weekly, inviting Lige Clarke and me to a freebee concert he promised would blow our skirts up. “This singer is an unknown right now,” he told us, “but she won’t be an unknown for long.”
What: Gay movement lecture by Jack Nichols When: 7 tonight Where: Cocoa Beach, FL Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cost: Free :
Excerpt: In 1969, Nichols and Clarke would start a weekly newspaper, Gay, which broke taboos in journalism, entertained contributors such as Allen Ginsberg, and conducted the first interview Bette Midlerever gave to the news media. They would co-author two books, the first memoirs of a male couple. Their public union was novel enough to rate profiles by Mike Wallace and Geraldo Rivera.