Bette Midler Sings Several Songs At The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute
Bette Midler sings “Beyond the Sea”, segueing into Tom Waits’ “Shiver Me Timbers”. She also sings the naughtily humorous “Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya” This performance is from an Ahmet Ertegun tribute held on April 17th, 2007, at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Ahmet took me under his wing. I think he was madly in love with my stage character. The character I had been on stage was a balls-to-the-wall kind of broad, and he loved that because it was a throwback to his youth when he was watching vaudeville theater and burlesque.
He was like Pan or something, like this bacchanalian kind of a character. In this buttoned-down world of ours, he just had a ball. The thing about him was he loved the game, and he loved the fun, but at the bottom of it was the music. He was as passionate about music as any human being alive. He lived hard, and I think that the curiosity to hear another sound, to hear another song, to hear those chords played a different way, I think that’s what kept him going.