In a special show for Radio 2, actress and singer Bette Midler celebrates the music of her favourite girl groups.
The programme features tracks from 1930s stars The Boswell Singers and war-time favourites The Andrews Sisters, all the way through to The Spice Girls and Wilson Phillips. And there’s a selection of hits from The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Shangri-Las, The Dixie Cups, and many more.
Bette said: “A long, long, time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony. It almost didn’t matter what the songs were… it was the sound of human voices blending together. I never recovered from that initial assault on my senses and, in particular, I loved female voices singing together. Growing up when I did, I was lucky enough to hear and fall in love with so many great girl groups – these girls had A SOUND!”
Plus, there are new examples of how the music of these girl groups has influenced Bette Midler’s own recordings.
Presenter/ Bette Midler, Producer/ Malcolm Prince for the BBC