Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mister D’s “I’ve Had Too Many Kiki’s” Playlist

Mister D: Yes, ladies and germs, I’ve had so many kiki’s I can’t even remember what the hell is on this playlist….BUT…I’m sure it’s faaaaaaabbbbbuuuullllloooouuuusssssss!!! Oh what the hell, I’ll check: We have some Scissor Sisters, Elton John vs Pnau, former Bangelite, Susannah Hoffs, various artists from the Sparkle soundtack including Cee Lo Green, Jordin Sparks, and the great Ms. Whitney Houston; also new mixes of J-Lo. Plus many surprises!!! Read More

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BetteBack Concert Review: Bette “Unbelievable” Management “Paranoid”

Alton Telegraph
Telegraph Leisure Editor
August 29, 1973

Bette Midler, music’s female Alice Cooper, brought her outrageous show to the Mississippi River Festival to the delight of 4,200 enthusiastic and screaming fans.

Not that Miss Midler is a no talent freak like Cooper. To the contrary, she is a very talented singer and performer.

But her show is bizarre and gimmicky on the same tone as Cooper, although while Cooper enrages his audiences, Miss Midler delights her fans. Read More

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hulaween Tix On Sale

Hulaween L’enfer (I believe this means “Hell”)

To benefit

Bette Midler‘s

New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

The Waldorf Astoria

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tickets start at 650.00 for balcony seats, then next are the ever fabulous $1000.00 seats.

I do believe the Buds get in for a cheaper price or free (but you have to be a member)…Buds spread the word on this….

Tickets then go up to 2500.00 each to 6500.00 Each…for whatever price ticket you pay, you’re helping NYRP provide certain functions… Read More

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BetteBack: Former Harlette, Melissa Manchester, Heads Out On Her Own

Mister D: Bette did record one of Melissa’s songs, entitled, “Easy” but was never released on an album.

Joplin Globe
Veteran Singer Melissa Manchester Finally Breaks Away to Do Solos
August 26, 1973

NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Manchester’s singing has been heard on several hundred TV commercials, anonymously buried in a chorus of jingle singers. But she started doing a solo act this year.

It doesn’t involve singing the praises of hair spray, chewing gum and all that, either. She’s
singing her own songs, getting a few TV shots, working a few clubs and promoting her first album. Read More

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BetteBack Ad: Yes…Bette Midler Played Mississippi River Festival! ~ August 25, 1973

Mister D:  And the tickets were 2-3 dollars?  LOL

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Former Harlette, Gail Kantor, Penning Lyrics To Broadway Bound “I Will, I Can”

Sammy Davis, Jr. Is Inspiration for New Musical I Will, I Can, With Score by Oscar Nominee Patrick Williams
By Kenneth Jones
July 30, 2012

Producers Arlie Cone and Steven Hayes are continuing development of a new musical based loosely on the life and career of Sammy Davis, Jr., which is now entitled I Will, I Can.

In an earlier exploration, the piece was called Yes I Can, but the work is now on a “new path,” a spokesman for the producers said. A winter 2012 workshop reported by Playbill did not materialize. Read More

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Reminder: Donna Maxon ~ “Bette & Barry: Back to the Bathhouse” plays Wednesday and Aug. 15 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Mister D: And if I’m not mistaken, our friend Matthew Parker is one of the background singers!

The New York Post
Revisiting Bette’s hot ‘Bath’
Last Updated: 12:24 AM, July 30, 2012
Posted: 10:35 PM, July 29, 2012

Ask anybody about great but gone music venues in New York, and they’ll go on and on about CBGB, the Fillmore East, Max’s Kansas City and the Savoy Ballroom.

But the Continental Baths? Though it hosted artists as diverse as the New York Dolls, Patti LaBelle and the Manhattan Transfer, it usually goes unmentioned. Read More

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Illustration: Sunday, January 14, 1973

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BetteBack: Where’s Bette Midler?

Daily Journal
Personality Plus
By Robin Adams Sloan
August 28, 1973

Q: Where’s that divine Bette Midler these days? I saw her on TV a few times, but nothing new lately.—P.W., Savannah, Fla.

A: The Divine Miss M sings the theme song “Friends” in the new hit film, “The Last of Sheila.” She is busy now making an album with material ranging from “Higher and Higher” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

Three ABCTV specials are scheduled beginning next March. Bette is also preparing for a 30-stop tour opening at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, III., on August 28 and ending in Philadelphia on Nov. 28. Read More

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BetteBack: “…No gimmick — It’s genuine” ~ August 10, 1973

Lowell Sun
Bette Midler-one of a special kind
 August 10, 1973

NEW YORK: No one could say that success has crept up on Bette Midler-it burst upon her like one of those tropical thunderstorms that sometimes hit her native Hawaii. Unknown only a short time ago, she has become one of the most popular young talents in America today. Her performance on last winter’s Burt Bacharach special was sensational!

When asked when she first realized she had become a star, she replied: “I haven’t realized it yet! It all seems like a fairy tale life. So it’s hard to believe it’s me people are talking about.” Read More

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