Rare Audio: Gone At Last – Bette Midler & Paul Simon – Rehearsal Demo 1973

Mister D: Here is a rehearsal demo of Bette and Paul Simon singing his song, “Gone At Last.” Probably why she sounds so subdued. This started the infamous feud between them. He decided to go a different direction with the song and replaced Bette with Phoebe Snow. Bette didn’t know about it until she heard it on the radio. She did however incorporate the song in her legendary show, Clams On The Half Shell. She and Paul Simon reconciled in 1984 during the recording of “We Are The World” They performed recently together as duet partners at one of the annual Children’s Health Fund benefit.

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