BETTE MIDLER & BARRY MANILOW
Peter Cunningham Photographer
The picture of Barry above is two years later at The Bottom Line when he was headlining his own band and making the first of many hit songs in a long professional career. My unscientific impression is that Barry found his audience more among married suburban women. While Bette, with her larger-than-life Broadway persona, eventually found a wide acceptance, the two initially appealed to very different segments of the American culture.
In researching this post, the always reliable internet told me that the two are no longer speaking. I find this very hard to believe. The approach of the inevitable has a way of sanding splintered corners, highlighting our common life experience. Or not.