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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Gay icons like to dress up’: Bob Mackie on Cher, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, and dressing Elton John

Guardian
‘Gay icons like to dress up’: Bob Mackie on Cher, Tina Turner and dressing Elton John
By Hannah Marriott
August 20, 2018

Bette Midler, Elton John, Cher, Bob Mackie, and Flip Wilson

You could dine out for a lifetime on Bob Mackie’s stories. After 60 years of designing sequin-encrusted stage costumes for Cher, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross, to name a few, the 79-year-old has anecdotes to spare. He sprinkles them into the conversation like glitter.

He once dressed Elton John as Donald Duck, complete with tail and webbed feet, making it very difficult for the Rocket Man to play the piano. He worked with Tina Turner during her post-Ike transformation, when “she wanted to look like a sexy cave woman”. Barbra Streisand, he says, “was always questioning everything. ‘Does this really look good? Can we try on three or four, then decide?’ With that kind of sensibility, you work harder, believe me.” Read More

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Melissa Manchester Talks Bette Midler In Recent Interview With Richmond Magazine

Richmond Magazine
Q&A: Melissa Manchester
The award-winning singer-songwriter performs at Richmond’s Tin Pan Aug. 4
by Don Harrison July 31, 2018 11:23 AM

bette midler, melissa manchester

RM: You caught your big break with Bette Midler. How’d that happen?

Manchester: Well, I met Barry Manilow, we were both jingle singers, and he became Bette’s new music director and he introduced me to her. I was one of the original members of what came to be known as the Harlettes. It was a fantastic experience. She’s a brilliant woman. At that time, she was cutting-edge, and she’s always had her own vision — she’s just a unique person with a unique sense of herself. It was remarkable each night to watch her take the audience to another place. Read More

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Banned Karaoke Songs! And Yes, Bette Midler Is On The List

Readers Digest
Banned Karaoke Songs!
posted by Kelly Bryant –
Jul 31, 2018 6:01AM

Sure, there may be songs you wish were banned from karaoke playlists, but these tunes are actually prohibited from being used at karaoke night. The horror!

“Hello” — Adele

Adele

Broadimage/REX/ShutterstockDon’t expect to find this Adele power ballad in any karaoke songbooks. In 2017, the British songstress chose not to issue a new license for her music, according to MSN. Seems like the only places you’ll truly be able to belt out her emotional tunes will be in the shower or in your car. Guess this is goodbye to “Hello.” Check out some more things that you won’t believe are banned in the U.S. Read More

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Oh My Lord This Is Just Tacky Bad Camp. Brace For It! Video: Carter’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy

The REPROBATE
Lynda Carter’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy
Posted on July 24, 2018 by reprobatemagazine

After her career as Wonder Woman ended, Lynda Carter starred in a number of TV specials in the early 1980s. These were typical of the star vehicles that littered USTV in the 1970s and early 1980s, consisting of Carter performing a variety of MOR and country songs, sometimes with special guest stars like Kenny Rogers, Tom Jones and Leo Sayer, alongside humorous skits.

In her original 1980 special, she also added a bit of rock ‘n’ roll into the mix. Well, sort of. Her “rock ‘n’ roll fantasy” consisted of her dressing up like Tina Turner (let’s see a white performer get away with that today) and that famous rock idol Bette Midler for a medley of hits. Read More

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Best vegan pizza’s in NYC – One venue has a pizza named after Bette Midler

AM New York
Best vegan pizza NYC: Vinnie’s, Screamer’s, Double Zero and more
By Nicole Levy and Alison Fox
Updated July 10, 2018 6:23 PM

Bette Midler, Two Boots Pizza, The Earth Mother

Bette Midler, Two Boots Pizza, The Earth Mother

Two Boots

This East Village-born chain dating back to 1987 is like death and taxes: It will always be there. And for vegans desperate for a quick bite, that’s a good thing. The V for Vegan pie with daiya, its plethora of veggies (artichokes, onions, mushrooms) and its crisscrossing red pepper and basil pestos will satisfy your taste buds and your need for a fast hunger fix (prices range from $12.95 for a small pie to $28.95 for a large). The veggie-smothered, whole wheat-crusted Earth Mother — named after community garden savior and star Bette Midler — is a good option for the calorie conscious. With nine different locations in the city (including at Citi Field), a slice in one of Two Boots’ whimsically-decorated psychedelic shops is never far away. Read More

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Pride Month: ‘Why Is June So Gay?’

Yahoo Lifestyle
‘Why Is June So Gay?’
By Beth Greenfield
June 2, 2018

Welcome to Yahoo Lifestyle, Pride Edition, commemorating June — Pride Month — with a collection of stories celebrating the resilience of LGBTQ people, from celebs, including Adam Rippon and Karamo Brown, trans women finding their inner power through a unique beauty clinic, and queer youth finding vital support from their gay elders after aging out of the foster system. And so, as they shout in the streets: “We’re here, we’re queer — get used to it!” Read More

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Buzzy Linhart Suffers Major Seizure, Recovering in Hospital – He Wrote Bette’s Signature Song – “Friends”

VVN Music
Buzzy Linhart Suffers Major Seizure, Recovering in Hospital
6:52 PM -News-, Buzzy Linhart
by VVN Music

Buzzy Linhart, Bette Midler

Multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Buzzy Linhart suffered what is described as a “major seizure event” on Tuesday (May 29) and remains in the hospital recovering.

Buzzy’s son, Xeno David Rasmusson, posted about the situation on Tuesday:

Hey Friends, my father Buzzy Linhart had a major seizure event this morning and is in the ICU at Alta Bates in Berkeley. He is sedated, intubated and resting after a lot of testing today. MRI came back normal, so we are hopeful he will emerge from sedation in the morning. Room mate Lenny acted quickly so the care was delivered quickly, so for now all we can do is rest, pray, and fire up the Buzzy Linhart music. @linhartbuzzy #buzzylovesyou Read More

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Brief Look At The Life Of Illustrator Richard Amsel – Did Some Of Bette Midler’s Iconic Album Covers And More

Salem House Press
Illustrator of the Week: Another Look at Richard Amsel
Author: awalkthroughsalem
MAY 29, 2018

Bette Midler, Clams, Illustration

Amsel quickly found popularity within New York’s art scene, and his illustrations caught the attention of Barry Manilow, then a young singer/songwriter named who was working with Bette Midler, a newly emerging entertainer in cabaret clubs and piano bars. Manilow introduced the two, and it was quickly decided that Amsel should do the cover of her first Atlantic Records album. The cover, for The Divine Miss M proved to be one of the most ubiquitous of the year. More album covers and posters soon followed, as did a series of magazine ads for designer Oleg Cassini. Read More

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik on First Making Waves in 1988’s ‘Beaches’

Variety
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik on First Making Waves in 1988’s ‘Beaches’
By Debra Birnbaum
MAY 11, 2018

mayim bialik, Beaches, BETTE MIDLER

Like the character she plays on “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist — she earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. Though as Amy Farrah Fowler she’s won the hearts of millions of fans, not to mention Sheldon Cooper, her fiancé on the hit CBS sitcom, acting wasn’t the career she always intended for herself.

She stumbled onto the industry in 1988, when she was cast as the 11-year-old version of Bette Midler’s C.C. Bloom in the movie “Beaches.” Her no-holds-barred performance drew raves, including in Variety, where she was called “extraordinary.” The reviewer wrote, “She can sing, she can dance, and she seems amazingly like the carrot-topped star as she brazenly bulldozes her way through a musical routine and most real-life situations.” Read More

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Pick Five: David Ford – In Pick Five, great artists tell us about five cover songs that matter to them.

Cover Me
Pick Five: David Ford
Posted by Ray Padgett at 11:12
May 092018

Bette Midler, Martha, SNL

In Pick Five, great artists tell us about five cover songs that matter to them.

david ford covers

Plenty of musicians write songs about politics. Fewer write songs about economics. But that’s the subject of all ten tracks on British singer-songwriter David Ford’s new album Animal Spirits, out Friday.

If an album about markets and trickle-down theory sounds kind of, well, dry – it isn’t. At all. Like all of his albums, Animal Spirits is brilliant: bluesy barn-stormers mixed with a few wedding-worthy love songs. Check out the title track: Read More

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