In Tune: Bette Midlerâ€™s A Gift of Love
BY GREGG SHAPIRO
February 29, 2016
Bette Midler, who turned 70 (!) last December, is a showbiz veteran and one of the LGBT communityâ€™s most beloved diva icons. From her early days singing to gay men in towels at New Yorkâ€™s Continental Baths â€” with her accompanist Barry Manilow â€” and her lengthy career in film (including an Oscar nomination for The Rose) to her legendary concert tours and Las Vegas residencies, the outspoken Midler is one of a kind. The romantically themed A Gift of Love (Rhino), her third domestic hits compilation, includes â€œThe Rose,â€ â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ and â€œFrom A Distance.â€ Midler also dug deep to find the love in songs such as â€œLet Me Just Follow Behindâ€ from Songs For The New Depression, â€œAll I Need to Knowâ€ from No Frills, â€œTo Deserve Youâ€ from Bette of Roses and â€œ(Talk to Me of) Mendocinoâ€ from Itâ€™s the Girls. A Gift of Love is a musical valentine from Midler to her fans.