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Monthly Archives: October 2003
Friday, October 31, 2003
Bette’s CD is positioned at number 29 on the top 200 album chart…
Internet Charts: Positioned at number 5
Photo: Lawrence Lucier
Bette and Donna
PEOPLE WHO have never attended one of Bette Midler’s “Hulaween” blowouts to raise money for the New York Restoration Project just haven’t lived. (This is Bette’s dream charity that restores parks and parkways to the real people of the city.)
The other night the Divine Miss M., looking all of 25 years old these days, appeared at the Marriott Marquis as her svelte new self. She is on “The South Beach Diet,” and even gave away copies of the book in her goodie bag.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Click on images for a larger view….
I will be posting pics and an article once I get back to Nashville, but don’t want anybody waiting on pins and needles for the main information….
Bette’s tour manager carried my gift basket to her backstage while she was in hair and make-up…so she got your e-mails….I was able to briefly say hello during the festivities before she was whisked away.
The Fab 5, Joy Behar, and the auctioneer from Cristie’s, Nicholas Maclean…Caroline Rhea also helped out. Bette sat with Martin, Caroline, Joy, Marc Shaiman, Jann Wenner, Chris Botti, A male model, and the guests of honor…Ellen and Richard Levine.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
The St. Paul, Minnesota show will go on sale Nov. 3rd at 10am at the Excel Center, ticketmaster locations, or at ticketmaster.com. (Thank you Kate for the information…much obliged and thanks for the compliment:-))
And many thanks to Tiffany for this important information on the date change in Detroit!!!:
This email is in regard to your ticket purchase for Bette Midler at The Palace-Auburn Hills, on Thursday, January 1st, 2003 at 8:00 pm. That event has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 10th, 2003, also at 8:00 pm. All original tickets will be honored at the new show, or refunds are available at your
original point of purchase.
Keep the e-mails coming…I can’t respond to you individually becuase of the time factor and me being sick…but don’t worry about sounding silly…everything sounds heartfelt to me and nothing has been corny or silly….you;re just showing someone you care….thank you…this has been a good turnout…so those of you who are afraid and haven’t chimed in don’t worry what you sound like…it’s just me and hopefully Bette who will see these…and I’m not here to judge:-)
As I wrote yesterday, I am now in NYC for Hulaween, albeit very ill with a sinus infection. However, due to my own Dr Feelgood, hopefully I should be just fine by tomorrow night in time for the festivities. Even if something should happen that I can’t make it, Barry will, along with Snook and Lady Puffy….
To the point: I have a gift basket that will be given to Miss M with assorted little goodies that lean toward the personal and just rather earthy and cute. In the basket I will have a fairly nice check to contibute to Bette on behalf of Bootleg Betty and the readers. I had someone send me a nice e-mail from Brazil to present to Bette just thanking her, showing appreciation, and also encouragement on her new tour. I thought how nice it would be to collect an envelope full of small e-mails of appreciation and encouragement to go along with the donation….SO…
New York Daily News –
For wave of chart acts,
life begins at 40
Mr. Jim Farber
Tuesday, October 28th, 2003
Call it elder power. Right now, 25% of Billboard’s Top 40 albums were either recorded by stars past the age of 40 or are enjoyed by listeners in that seasoned range.
Barbra Streisand, 61, just sold more than 160,000 copies of “The Movie Album,” double the opening week sales of her previous CD. Bette Midler, 57, saw her latest work (“The Rosemary Clooney Songbook”) start way up at No. 14. Two weeks later, the CD holds in the Top 25.
By Greg Morago
The Hartford Courant
October 28, 2003
“Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook” (Columbia Records)
Rosemary Clooney had to be talked into recording “Come On-a My House” in 1951. It turned out pretty well. More than 50 years later, Bette Midler had to be talked into recording the same song on a tribute album to Clooney. It, too, turned out to be pretty good.
Darn good, in fact. “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” a project that friend Barry Manilow had to persuade Midler to cram into her busy schedule, is a labor of love that bursts with appreciation for the talents of one of the classic singers of the 20th century. Clooney died last year, leaving the American standards with one less (and there are precious few) interpreter. And what an interpreter. Clooney touched songs such as “You’ll Never Know,” “Hey There,” “Tenderly” and “White Christmas” and made them as much a part of the American experience as baseball and apple pie.
Monday, October 27, 2003
Sketch: Sammy Miro
(I feel like a star, Sammy…Thank you!…LOL)
Heading for the Big Apple, Folk! Making my way to Hulaween. I will of course keep you abreast of any happenings, but I won’t be as easily accessible and timely news will almost be impossible.
I think my chances of meeting Miss M are slight to none, and I’m not really all that positive that I’ll try (oops the percentages just got lower:-))… But I will try to report to you the proceedings as quickly and as accurately as possible.
When Rolling Stone magazine founder/owner Jann Wenner and Bette Midler throw a party, the music community gets in line for a ticket. And when the party is to celebrate the 80th birthday of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town.
So a few weeks ago in New York City, you would have found Michael Douglas, Barry Diller, Bobby Short, Steve Van Zandt, Diana Ross, and Boston’s own Peter Wolf in the same room. Wolf, an Atlantic recording artist when he was with the J. Geils Band, entered the party singing duets with Ahmet and Midler, accompanied by Paul Shaffer of “Late Night With David Letterman” fame.