Bette Midler almost snubbed ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’

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Bette Midler almost snubbed ‘Wind Beneath My Wings
By Jamie Harris
Monday, Dec 8 2014, 9:23pm EST


Bette Midler has revealed that she almost rejected one of her biggest hits.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the singer said that she nearly didn’t record ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in the late ’80s.

“I thought it was a country song and I thought people would be angry at me for covering a country song,” she explained.

“Both of my producers said at the time, ‘If you don’t sing this song, we’re going to kill you!’ The point of it is, the movie [Beaches] and the quality of that picture, the way it resonated with people had a lot to do with the success of the song I think.”

Midler also spoke about her 30-year marriage to Martin von Haselberg, describing him as “the wind beneath [her] wings”.

“We used to fight bitterly, we came to the conclusion that we wanted to raise a child, we wanted to raise a really wonderful child, we never wanted to hurt that kid in any way and we stayed together until it got better, and it did get better and it was really fascinating,” she said.

Midler will perform in the UK for the first time in 35 years in 2015, taking to the stage in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London between July 9 and 19.

The 69-year-old released her new album It’s The Girls! – a collection of covers of famous girl group hits – last month. The album made its debut at number six in the UK Albums Chart.

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