The Wall Street Journal
Oct 21, 2014 MUSIC
By ERIC R. DANTON
Bette Midlerâ€™s past few albums have focused on songs made famous by Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney, along with a collection of holiday favorites. She takes a different tack on the classics on her upcoming release, covering songs by iconic girl groups on â€œItâ€™s the Girls!â€ Speakeasy today premieres one of them, Midlerâ€™s version of the Chiffonsâ€™ hit â€œOne Fine Day.â€
Midler stays faithful to the original, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, letting her formidable voice ring out over candy-coated backing vocals and a classic early â€™60s girl-group arrangement loaded with piano, strummed acoustic guitar and sharp drums.
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â€œKids always used to say they were going to run away and join the circus. I always wanted to run away to join a girl group,â€ Midler says by email. â€œâ€˜One Fine Dayâ€™ is just one of those songs, for me, that immediately brings up the same happy feelings as when I first heard it.â€
Midlerâ€™s latest is the 14th studio album in a career that began in the theater and has encompassed roles on Broadway in shows including â€œFiddler on the Roof,â€ singing in a New York City bathhouse and movie roles, along with three Grammys, four Golden Globes, two Oscar nominations and more than 30 million albums sold. She had a No. 1 hit in 1989 with â€œWind Beneath My Wings,â€ which appeared on the â€œBeachesâ€ soundtrack and won a Grammy for record of the year in 1990.
â€œItâ€™s the Girls!â€ is due on Warner Bros. Records on Nov. 4. What do you think of Midlerâ€™s version of â€œOne Fine Day?â€ Leave your thoughts in the comments.