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BetteBack February 23, 1991: From A Distance Becomes Anthem Of War

Daily Herald
Styx, Bette Midler songs become anthems of war
February 23, 1991

Since the Persian Gulf War began 36 days ago, Styx’s “Show Me The Way” and Bette Midler’s “From a Distance” have become unofficial anthems for people with family and friends serving in the armed forces .

In each song, the singer asks for strength and courage to make it through life’s difficult times. Bob Spence, program director for Aurora-based Y-108 FM, said the station has increased the rotation of these songs on its playlists.

“Show Me The Way” is a top five song nationwide and gets played every four hours, Spence said.

“From a Distance,” though no longer a top 10 hit, is aired every 24 to 36 hours.

“These two songs, plus any song that has a deep meaning seems to be requested,” Spence said. “We’ve been trying to keep our finger on the pulse the of the community.

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