Monthly Archives: February 2003

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Radio Plans Shift in Tone as Drumbeat of War Builds

New York Times
February 24, 2003
Radio Plans Shift in Tone as Drumbeat of War Builds

FTBInMyLife.jpgAfter the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, listeners denounced many radio stations for playing songs insensitive to a nation in mourning. Now, program directors are planning to adjust their playlists if the United States goes to war with Iraq.

Expect to hear more patriotic tunes, and songs that appear right for the moment. The changes most likely will occur on stations with the broadest appeal, like those with top 40’s and country formats. Read More

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Arif Mardin Up for Best Producer Tonight…Again

Mister D: I know this is an extremely long article, but Mr. Mardin is responsible for some of the best charts and production of many of Bette’s albums, including the songs “From A Distance” and “Wind Beneath My Wings”. Those were just the award winning songs, too. Anyway, I think it’s just good manners to acknowledge the people who helped Ms. Midler along the way… and this is a great article on the history of Mr. Mardin…wish him luck tonight…. Read More

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Saturday, February 22, 2003

‘Father Of The Grammys’

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2003

The Grammy Awards used to be a hotel ballroom event for a few hundred executives in the recording industry.

That all changed when Pierre Cossette first brought the awards to a national television audience in 1971.

Now, more than a billion people worldwide watch the Grammys.

Pierre Cossette visited The Saturday Early Show to discuss his autobiography, “Another Day in Showbiz: One Producer’s Journey,” which follows his beginnings in the music business to becoming the “Father of the Grammys.” Read More

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Hey Seattle: Sounds Interesting

Mekeisha Madden; The News Tribune

The multifaceted group the Righteous Mothers will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, at 25701 14th Place S. in Des Moines.

A band that plays jazz, gospel, rock, blues and folk, the Righteous Mothers have been entertaining crowds for over 20 years and vow never to take themselves too seriously.

The Seattle Weekly described the Righteous Mothers as a cross between the Weavers, Bette Midler and the Roches.

Admission is $10 and will be available at the door. The concert follows a church service. Read More

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Friday, February 21, 2003


New Songs Are Up: Wanna Dance? Let’s Disco!!! Starts off beautifully then goes into some remixes of some of Bette’s more upbeat material…don’t listen to them right before you go to bed because you won’t be able to fall asleep!

Put up a New Section: In Print-Books and Articles. This will be a section that grows weekly…haven’t quite decided how I will do this yet, but enjoy as I experiment…

Added a new staff member: Moronica, the Bootlicking Turkey (she’s a mixture of names that I’ve been called-don’t hate her because she’s of mixed terminology). She will handle the small percent of hateful comments that comes over the internet. She says she can smell, hear, and spot another turkey a mile away. But she’s the kindest, gentlest turkey you’ll ever meet. Since the majority of mail is positive, she will bide her time outside eating acorns and drinking rain…all the while keepin’ an eye out for the man with a gun…she is not looking forward to being a feast, ya dig? That’s why she got this thankless job….so be kind… Read More

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Bette History

February 23: In 1994, a Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye’s suit had accused Midler of stealing her life story for the 1991 movie “For The Boys.”

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Thursday, February 20, 2003

A Life In A Song

A life spent making a difference

“It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face.

You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.

You always walked a step behind.”

Bette Midler’s song has been used in various situations as a badge of honor for those individuals who stand in the shadows and make a difference with their actions. Those individuals who shun the limelight and ask no quarter for their efforts; often go unrecognized for the differences they make. Read More

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From This Month’s “In Style” Magazine

Guess Who’s Serving You Dinner? A Future Academy Award winner, perhaps. Today’s stars recall how time spent waiting or their big break often meant waiting on customers

Date: 03-01-2003; Publication: In Style; Author: Elyssa Lee

With its irregular hours, heavy memorization and fickle patrons, waitering is without a doubt the perfect prep school for becoming a performer. From Gwyneth Paltrow to Al Pacino to Sandra Bullock, many stars once added the time-honored job title of “waiter” (and sometimes “busboy” or “hostess”) to their resume. In fact certain restaurants seem to have had a better eye for spotting talented up-and-comers than Woody Allen. The Coffee Shop in N.Y.C. (above) has seen Taye Diggs, Jennifer Esposito, Maxwell and Selma Blair all vie for employee-of-the-month honors. Here, celebrities reveal the thrills, chills and, um, spills from their waitering days. –Elyssa Lee Read More

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Am I Gonna Have To Start Watching This Show…Another Bette Reference

From The Dallas News:

Also moving on to the finals is Vanessa Olivarez, the Bette Midler-esque singer from Atlanta whom judge Simon Cowell criticized for her weight. Her spunky comeback may have won her votes, as she good-naturedly shot back that having a substantial rear-end “worked for J. Lo.”

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Today In Bette History

Feb 20: In 1991, producer/composer Quincy Jones became the all-time non-classical Grammy winner when he won six awards at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. Bette Midler won Song of the Year for a second year in a row with the tune “From A Distance.”

Mister D: Technically, the songwriter, not the performer, get this award

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