Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, Etta James All Getting Special Awards
3/08/2012 @ 3:16PM
No, Bette Midler does not write songs. But sheâ€™s getting the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, just announced. The award goes to a performer whoâ€™s responsible for covering lots of songwriters and establishing them. Midler has been a major force in this department, deploying her magnificent voice on dozens of hits like â€œDo You Wanna Dance?,â€ â€œFriends,â€ and songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and plenty from the 40s, 50s, and 60sâ€“as well as â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ and â€œFrom a Distance,â€ her two biggest hitsâ€¦.
Meantime, the Apollo Theater Foundation has just announced its inducting Lionel Richie and the late Etta James at their annual gala, also this spring. They follow people like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones in the Legends Hall of Fame. All great choices. Itâ€™s a shame Etta wonâ€™t be here to accept the honor. Plus CitiGroup will get a corporate honor. Their retiring leader, Dick Parsons, has been a major force in keeping the Apollo alive and thriving the last few years. And the Apollo has never looked or sounded better. Plus, the neighhborhood around it has grown and flourished as a result.
- Bette Midler Lifetime Achievement Award (myfoxny.com)
- Bette Midler to be honored by Songwriters Hall (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Midler to receive songwriter gong (bbc.co.uk)