Exclusive: Now that Bette Midler has conquered Broadwayâ€“ and without singing a noteâ€“ there are plans afoot to revive her recording career. Midler has had tons of hits over the last 40 years including â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ and â€œDo You Wanna Dance?â€ But sheâ€™s been absent from the charts for far too long. Iâ€™m told that thereâ€™s a plan afoot for The Divine Miss M to be resurrected with an album tribute to girl groups like the Crystals, the Chiffons and Motown acts like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes. The plan also includes possibly recording some Phil Spector-like Christmas songs with notable back up singers and stars like Darlene Love and others from the current documentary â€œTwenty Five Feet from Stardom.â€ Back in the days of Midlerâ€™s early recordings, she often had people like Cissy Houston backing her up on girl songs such as â€œUptownâ€ and â€œDa Doo Ron Ron.â€ Itâ€™s a great idea, and I hope it comes to pass once Midler has finished up â€œIâ€™ll Eat You Lastâ€ and acceptedâ€“no doubtâ€“ many awards.
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