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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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    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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    New Artist Bright Light Bright Light Album Cover Inspired By Bette Midler’s Outfit In Big Business

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    Bright Light Bright Light on ‘Tough Love,’ His Friendship With Elton John, and Scoring ‘Queers’
    BY DAVID OPIE 26 SEP 2018

    New Artist Bright Light Bright Light Album Cover Inspired By Bette Midler’s Outfit In Big Business

    Ever since Rod Thomas first stepped away from his sleepy Welsh hometown and released his debut single in 2010, Bright Light Bright Light has won over fans and critics alike with his unique brand of shiny electropop. Since then, the independent singer/songwriter has toured with his friends Elton John and the Scissor Sisters, as well as starting his own dance party in New York called Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance.

    INTO spoke with Bright Light Bright Light about his new EP, Tough Love, the influence cinema has on his music and what it’s like to be labeled as a “gay artist.” Along the way, we also discussed Deadpool 3RuPaul’s Drag Race, and his undying adoration for actress Catherine O’Hara. Read More

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    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Video: Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon -2014

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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Obituary: Filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman – 1959 – 2018

    Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018
    Obituary: Filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman – 1959 – 2018
    Aug. 18, 2018

    Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018
Obituary: Filmmaker Steven "Flip" Lippman - 1959 - 2018
Aug. 18, 2018


    Mister D:
    I just found out filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman died suddenly last month, He was the man responsible for the video short, Dual Disc, on Bette’s Peggy Lee Songbook. A very talented man, Worked with many artists but he definitely knew a lot about Bette’s work, He was also my first interview for Bootleg Betty. Along with the obituary, I’ve included a couple of his Bette videos and the interview I did with him. You’ll see he had a great sense of humor

    Steven “Flip” Lippman of Brooklyn, NY passed away at the age of 58 suddenly and peacefully in New York, NY on the morning of August 12th, 2018. He was born in Miami Beach, FL on December 10, 1959. He was raised in Hollywood, FL until 1977. He spent the last 36 years of his life as a filmmaker in New York City. He was predeceased by his mother Judith Parke Lippman. Steven is survived by his partner, David, father Frederick Lippman and his wife Bonnie, his brother Peter and children, Daniel and Ava, and his brother Matthew and his wife Donna and children, Noah and Jacob. Flip created innovative conceptual films and documentaries for artists including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Rosanne Cash, Joe Henry, Kronos Quartet, Bette Midler, Youssou N’Dour, Dolly Parton, Rumer, Janis Siegel, Carly Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Silje Negaard and many more. His work has been screened at film festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Cannes, Denver, London, Sao Paolo, and Tribeca, broadcast on IFC/Independent Film Channel, and showcased at the Sound Unseen Film Festival (US), In-Edit Music Film Festival (Barcelona) and the Music Doc Festival (Sweden). Other select credits include Art In Progress: Lorna Simpson (for Gallery HD/Voom Network) and Behind the Lid, a feature film/documentary hybrid adaptation of puppeteer/performer Basil Twist’s work of the same name. Steven was chosen for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Selections of Steven’s work can be found at https://vimeo.com/stevelippmanflip On behalf of his family, friends, and colleagues and in lieu of flowers, we are respectfully requesting that donations be made in memory of Steven to Family Cook Productions (www.familycookproductions.com) by clicking on https://conta.cc/2B6oWlm. Family Cook Productions is a non-profit that Steven and David passionately support that works with inner city youth to improve their health, well-being, and opportunities for success. Additionally, donations can be made to Temple Beth El of Hollywood (templebethelhollywood.org) in memory of Steven. A memorial will be planned for family and close friends in the near future. Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018 Read More

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    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    Audio: Mashup Of Bette Midler’s ‘Bottomless Love’ & The Fly’s ‘Got You Where I Want You’ Please Leave Comments. I’m Curious! LoL

    Bette Midler
    Mashup Of Bette Midler’s ‘Bottomless Love’ & The Fly’s ‘Got You Where I Want You’
    The Flys
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