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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Audio Auction: Bette Midler LIVE 1972 NYC club concert reel-to-reel tape unheard ONE-OF-A-KIND! (Take A Listen)

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Hiding in an unmarked tape box for over 40 years, here we have an entire, never-before-heard 1972 performance by Bette Midler! This in-house stereo recording was made by Continental Baths deejay Don Fendley in early 1972 (most likely on January 15th).

This 77-minute show was recorded straight through (no edits or interruptions) using at least two onstage microphones, which were likely fed into the DJ booth.

This is Miss M. captured during one of The Baths’ famed Saturday night cabaret shows — and as this historic recording documents, she keeps the audience right in the palm of her hand! Bette proudly introduces her excellent backing band (Michael Federal, Kevin Ellman, Lee Gurst and Barry Manilow), teases club owner Steve Ostrow and praises The Baths toward the end of the show. The evening concludes with a final announcement by the MC: “We ask that the ladies — as soon as they can get themselves together — please leave and we can turn The Baths back to us boys and then we’ll have our disco!” Read More

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler – Steal Away Again – Written By Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, and Bruce Roberts (Demo)

Bette Midler - Steal Away Again
Bette Midler – Steal Away Again – Written By Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, and Bruce Roberts (Demo)

Steal Away Again
(Carole Bayer Sager/Bruce Roberts/Bette Midler)

Baby won't you come and take me by my hand
Won't you come and take me for a ride
We almost got to Disneyland one night
It was abandoned in the light
And then the wind blew in Whisperin"
Some folks are not meant to win
Tell me how would you like it
Say would you like it
Close your eyes and maybe we could roll away again
Tell me how would you like it
Say would you like it
If you and I were crazy we would
Steal away again

Baby won't you come and take me to the sea
Well find ourselves a ship that is heaven bound
We almost sailed away one pearly dawn
But in the light of early morning
Ooo the wind blew in Whisperin
Some folks ore not meant to win

Tell, me how would you like it
Say would you like it
Close your eyes and maybe we could roll away again
How would you like it
Say would you like it
If you and I were dumb enough
We would steal away again Read More

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler – Big Socks – C-Dubs – Size-Queen Radio Mix

Bette on the cover of Interview magazine
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Audio: I Put A Spell On You (Soliban’s Eternal Survival Mix) – Hocus Pocus Anniversary – Bette Midler

Bette Midler - Hocus Pocus
I Put A Spell On You (Soliban’s Eternal Survival Mix) – Hocus Pocus Anniversary – Bette Midler
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973

Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973
Bette Midler - Superstar - (Burt Bacharach Special) - 1973

Audio: Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973

  • Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett wrote this song, which is about a woman who falls for a rock star, has a tryst with him, but then in a bout of delusion awaits his return, apparently falling for it when he said he loved her.
    The word “Groupie” was just entering the lexicon when Russell and Bramlett wrote this song in 1969; Rolling Stone popularized it when they titled the cover story of their February 15, 1969 issue “The Groupies and Other Girls.” Groupies were often romanticized and admired for their style and fashion, but they were also at times denigrated as rock star playthings with a loose grip on reality, which is how they are portrayed in this song.
  • Delaney & Bonnie were the first to record this song, releasing it as the B-side of their 1969 single “Comin’ Home.” At the time, the song was called “Groupie (Superstar).” Rita Coolidge then began performing the song on Joe Cocker’s 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. A young Bette Midler started performing the song later in the year, and Richard Carpenter heard the song for the first time when Bette Midler performed it on The Tonight Show. Richard knew it could be a hit for the Carpenters, so he reworked the song in their style and recorded it, resulting in the most successful version. (Thanks to Dan Levitin, who got this from an interview with Richard Carpenter.)
  • A line in the second verse was considered too lyrically risqué at the time and was changed by Richard Carpenter to better fit the duo’s image. The Carpenters’ version of the lyric, “And I can hardly wait to be with you again” is “And I can hardly wait to sleep with you again” in the original version.
  • Richard Carpenter received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for this song. It was the second of five nominations Carpenter received for his arrangements. He didn’t win any, although this is an impressive accomplishment. 
  • When the Carpenters version became a hit, Bette Midler took some shots at Karen Carpenter, often mocking her wholesome image. Karen claimed the jokes didn’t bother her, and after her death, Midler apologized in Redbook magazine and said she often thinks of Karen.
  • In 1987, a movie called Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story was released and shown at film festivals. The director, Todd Haynes, didn’t secure the rights to the songs, and the film was pulled after Richard Carpenter filed suit.
  • The alternative rock band Sonic Youth covered this in 1994 for the Carpenters tribute album If I Were A Carpenter. Released as a single with Redd Kross’ version of “Yesterday Once More” as the listed flip side, it peaked at #45 in the UK. Sonic Youth’s version later featured in the 2007 movie Juno where Jason Bateman’s character plays it to Juno. It is included on the film’s soundtrack.
  • In the movie Tommy Boy, Chris Farley and David Spade cry their eyes out listening to this song, which plays as they are driving along. They hit a moose before the song ends..
  • Luther Vandross did a medley of this song and “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” that reached #87 in 1984.
  • Ruben Studdard brought this song to a new audience when he performed it on Season 2 of American Idol. He won the competition, and “Superstar” was released as his first single along with “Flying Without Wings,” which for chart purposes was designated as the A-side and reached #2 behind “This Is The Night” from Clay Aiken, who finished second to Studdard on the show.
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Bette Midler – Moonlight Dancing (Enigmatic Dub with Acapella Intro) – Audio

    Bette Midler – Moonlight Dancing (Enigmatic Dub with Acapella Intro) – Audio

    Moonlight Dancing by Bette Midler
    (From the album, Some People’s Lives)

    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit of moonlight dancin’
    Underneath the starry sky?
    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit of moonlight dancin’?
    Just the moon and you and i.
    Mmm, just the moon and you and i.
    Moonlight dancin’, mmm, moonlight dancin’.
    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit of late night romance
    Underneath the starry sky?
    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit of late night romance?
    Just the moon and you and i.
    Mmm, just the moon and you and i.
    Moonlight dancin’, mmm, moonlight dancin’.
    Ohh, nobody’s gonna be there.
    Ohh, so don’t you want to go where
    We could dance across the sky,
    Leave the world behind us?
    Nothin’ that we couldn’t do.
    Yeah, we could dance across the sky,
    Leave the world behind us.
    Just the moon and me and you.
    Mmm, just the moon and me and you.
    We could hide inside the rhythm
    ’til the morning finds us.
    Share a little ecstasy.
    Yeah, we could hide inside the rhythm
    ’til the morning finds us.
    If you come away with me
    I’ll show you how it feels to be
    Moonlight dancin’. mmm, moonlight dancin’.
    Oh, we gonna sail on the wind.
    Oh, so don’t you want to begin?
    Moonlight dancing, mmm, moonlight dancing.
    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit?
    How ’bout a little bit, a little bit of moonlight dancin’?
    Just the moon and you and i.
    Moonlight dancin, mmm, moonlight dancing.
    Ooooh, ahhh . . . Read More

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    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Audio: Twist the Bones (Hocus Pocus) | JonnyJuke REMIX

    Twist the Bones (Hocus Pocus) | JonnyJuke REMIX

    Hocus Pocus
    Audio: Twist the Bones (Hocus Pocus) | JonnyJuke REMIX
    Published on Oct 17, 2015
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    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Audio: Bette Midler – I Put A Spell On You (Thee Werq’n B!tches Radio Edit)

    Bette Midler – I Put A Spell On You (Thee Werq’n B!tches Radio Edit)
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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Bette Midler Takes In Punk Icon Patti Smith’s New Show For Her New Audible Book (This should dispell rumors that they disliked one another)

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    Bette Midler Takes In Punk Icon Patti Smith’s New Show For Her New Audible Book
    September 23, 2018


    Just got back from Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane Theater, doing a new show for her new Audible book. She is so brilliant. What prose, what poetry and what a life!! I am in awe. – Bette Midler

    Audible Presents ‘Patti Smith: Words and Music’, New York
    23 September:  Those In Attendance Were –

    • Alexander Skarsgard\
    • Bette Midler
    • Calvin Klein
    • Ezra Miller
    • Lenny Kaye
    • Patti Smith
    • George Stroumboulopoulos

    Patti Smith takes the stage at the Minetta Lane Theatre for the second of her ‘Patti Smith: Words and Music’ performances on Sept. 23., 2018.

    “There are two ways to look at this: It’s a disaster — or it’s magical.” Read More

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    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Audio: Tenterfield Saddler -Bette Midler – Kiss My Brass – Australia – 2005 – (The Real One)

    Mister D: This version is quite different than the Peter Allen tribute. Mainly the key changes and the addition of the Harlettes. It really does bring the song to life and, yes, I would say it makes it more emotional and dramatic. I just wish the sound quality was better.

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