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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Why Springsteen Stopped Midler From Releasing Her Version Of “Pink Cadillac”

E Street Shuffle
Bette Midler Covers Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac
By Ken
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 26, 2018

Bette Midler Art

Mister D: I remember so vividly when I heard that Springsteen nixed this song, I was livid. I loved Bette’s version and I thought it should be a single right off the bat. It was after The Rose and she had built up credibility that she could sing rock and the blues with the best of them. I thought finally this would shut those DJ’s up who thought she was only a ballad singer, Of course, she substituted this song with “Beast Of Burden” which, frankly, outdid The Rolling Stone’s version and her onstage version was epic, She brought rock, cabaret, and theater and packed it into one hell of a cover version. But, the label made a mistake, in my opinion, by not releasing this first. I loved All I Need To Know and I thought it should have been the second single. I think the album No Frills would have sold more and not been such a disappointment. Now, I’m all Pissed Again!

Bruce is known for being exceptionally generous with his music, allowing other artists to cover and re-interpret his music with such frequency that it’s almost impossible to keep track of the various covers that are out there. ...  Read More

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Grammy Swag Curator: Who was his favorite musical artist over his 20 years?

Hollywood Reporter
The Curator Behind 20 Years’ Worth of $30,000 Grammys Gift Lounge Swag Bags
By Nick Williams
2/1/2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Founder of Distinctive Assets, Lash Fary (L) and Hip-hop artist LL Cool J attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Founder of Distinctive Assets, Lash Fary (L) and Hip-hop artist LL Cool J attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

Mister D:  Grammy’s Celebrity Swag:Not trying to provoke or anything, but celebs seem to have enough money, so I don’t understand why they get bags of what I’m sure are wonderful things, but why? I mean they already have so much stuff. Why not use the money to help out charities? But then I guess Mr. Fary, then, wouldn’t have a job, so we don’t want that either. Priorities! Priorities!

Lash Fary, the co-founder of Distinctive Assets, talks about two decades of gifting everything from custom pet portraits and psychic readings to family circus training and 24-karat gold lollipops on music’s biggest night.
Lash Fary basically invented awards show swag bags. The A-list L.A. gifting guru’s marketing firm Distinctive Assets launched in 1999 as a private showroom servicing costume designers of top television series and has since bloomed into a full-service entertainment marketing agency. Its tentacles span the industry’s wide swath of glitzy red carpets — the Tony Awards, the American Music Awards, the Kids’ Choice Awards, the BET Awards, The Country Music Awards and the Grammy Awards — including the 61st show on Feb. 10. ...  Read More

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Music Royalty Exchange Passes $50m In The Last 3 Years

Who Were The Noteworthy Artists in the Royalty Exchange?

Bette Midler in The Rose

US-based online music rights marketplace Royalty Exchange  has revealed that over $50 million in royalty transactions have been processed in the three years since the company relaunched in 2016.

Royalty Exchange facilities online auctions for artists and rights-holders to raise money by selling assets such as mechanical, performing and sync rights.

The news of the company’s $50m milestone was shared in a blog post yesterday (January 23).

According to Royalty Exchange, this figure was achieved through 535 separate transactions, including auctions, private syndicates, and other deals. ...  Read More

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Mr. Goldstone From “Gypsy”

Bette Midler - Mr. Goldstone From "Gypsy"


Awards and nominations

Midler won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Gibb was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the production was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

The film was nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Midler, and won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction (Michael Rafter). ...  Read More

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Diva Las Vegas

Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas

Awards
Won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations

  • 1998
    American Comedy Awards, USA
    Won, American Comedy Award
    Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication
    Bette Midler
  • 1997
    Awards Circuit Community Awards
    Won, ACCA
    Best Documentary Feature
  • 1997
    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
    Bill Brigode (co-producer), Bette Midler (executive producer), Douglas C. Forbes (co-producer), Marty Callner (producer), Randall Gladstein (co-producer), Bonnie Bruckheimer (executive producer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special – Multi-Camera Production
    Jeff U’ren (editor), Troy Okoniewski (editor)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program
    Bette Midler (performer)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries or a Special
    Allen Branton (lighting designer), Peter Morse (lighting designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Music Direction
    Bobby Lyle (music director)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (costume designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
    Robert Ramos (hairstylist)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special
    Don Worsham (production/re-recording mixer), Kooster McAlister (production mixer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (production designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program
    Marty Callner (director)

    Source: IMDB Pro

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    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Herbie leaves Rose – Gypsy (1993) HD + Small World Redux – Video

    Herbie leaves Rose - Gypsy (1993) HD + Small Word Redux

    SMALL WORLD - Bette Midler From the Broadway Musical "Gypsy" (1959) (Music: Jule Styne / Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim)

    Funny, you're a stranger who's come here Come from another town Funny, I'm a stranger myself here Small world, isn't it? Funny, you're a girl who goes trav'lin' Rather than settlin' down Funny, 'cause I'd love to go trav'lin' Small world, isn't it? We have so much in common It's a phenomenon We could pool our resources By joining forces from now on Lucky, you're a girl who likes children That's an important sign Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine (bridge) Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine
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    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: BWBB/Impressions/Interview – Forsyth’s – 1978 – Video

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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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    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Bette Midler – No Jinx (Jinxed!) (1982) – Video

    Bette Midler in Jinxed?

    Bette Midler in Jinxed

    The film is based on the 1980 novel The Edge by Frank D. Gilroy. He sold the film rights to the Ladd Company at Warner Bros. intending to direct; Ladd then sold the project to Herb Jaffe at United Artists for $300,000 and Jaffe hired David Newman to rewrite it. A UA production executive suggested Bette Midler for the lead and she asked for Don Siegel to direct. The script was rewritten by Jerry Blatt, Carol Rydall, Midler and Siegel. During development, it was also known as The Jackpot and Hot Streak. Gilroy had his name removed from the film and was credited as “Burt Blessing”. ...  Read More

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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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