Category Archives: Video


Friday, February 22, 2019

Video: Bette Midler With Barry Manilow – Friends – Gay Pride 1973

Vito Russo On The Gay Pride March 1973 With Bette Midler & Barry Manilow

Vito Russo On The Gay Pride March 1973 With Bette Midler & Barry Manilow

“The rally used to be a battleground for ideas and politics.  I knew that the tensions would be running high that day because a group of radical lesbians were opposed to a couple of comic drags scheduled to be a part of the entertainment program.  Drag was high on their hit list.  So I began working on Bette Midler weeks in advance to come and sing to sort of calm things down.  Well, the lesbians heckled the drag queens throughout their numbers, and when it was over, Jean O’Leary [the founder of Lesbian Feminist Liberation] got up and made a very angry speech in which she said that men who impersonate women for profit insult women.  All hell broke loose in the audience between the men and the women, and Bette got up on stage and sang ‘Friends.’  She had brought Barry Manilow with her.  Bette worked like a charm.  It wasn’t that the issues were forgotten, but she provided a tremendously healing presence.  It was a great thing for Bette, too.  She said later that it was one of the great things she did, that she felt like she was Marilyn Monroe singing in Korea.”  ...  Read More

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Fire Down Below – The Rose – 1979

Bette Midler singing Fire Down Below with the drag queens

Video: Bette Midler – Fire Down Below – The Rose – 1979

The first single to be lifted off the soundtrack was Midler’s rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” which became a moderate chart hit, peaking at #35 on Billboard’s single chart. The studio recorded title track (written by Amanda McBroom) which closes the album however became a top 3 hit for Midler, and also a #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and today counts as one of her signature tunes. The alternate single version with orchestral overdubs was not included on the actual soundtrack but later appeared on hits compilations like Experience the Divine along with “When A Man Love A Woman”. One track featured in the movie, Bob Seger’s “Fire Down Below”, was omitted from the album but Midler recorded a second live version of the song later in 1980 for the soundtrack to her concert documentary Divine Madness. “Keep On Rockin'” was the second Sammy Hagar track Midler recorded, his hard rock track “Red” was featured on her 1977 studio album Broken Blossom. The Rose soundtrack also included one song that since its original release has become a mainstay in Midler’s live repertoire, Jerry Ragovoy’s despairing blues ballad “Stay With Me”. ...  Read More

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ann Wilson Covers ‘You Don’t Own Me’ On Her Latest Album, ‘Immortal’

Ann Wilson Covers ‘You Don’t Own Me’ On Her Latest Album, ‘Immortal’
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Ann Wilson covers You Don't Own Me

Mister D: I used to put up audio of other artists singing the same songs that Bette Midler recorded or sang in concert. Some were better than her version, but really I can only think of maybe two or three where I liked another artists version over hers. (See, I can be objective!) Sometimes other versions were so bad you just got a kick out of it. Some were funny. Some versions were so different that they were interesting. I liked finding the original versions just to see how Bette made it her own. I’m going to do this because I enjoy it, but I hope some of you will, too, You might find a new or old artist that you’ve never heard and become a new fan of theirs.

This Ann Wilson cover of “You Don’t Own Me” is given quite a different arrangement than the original version by Leslie Gore. And it’s very different than Midler’s. Hawn’s, and Keaton’s uplifting version that Marc Shaiman arranged. Bette and the Girl’s version is still my favorite, but I’m a big fan of Heart and I liked how Ann Wison shook it up a little to fit her style.

But music really is so subjective. If you’d like to make any comments on what you think, it might be fun to hear how others feel about the music.
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Why Springsteen Stopped Midler From Releasing Her Version Of “Pink Cadillac”

E Street Shuffle
Bette Midler Covers Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac
By Ken

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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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Video: Bette Midler Guests On David Letterman (Full Show) – February 15, 1999

Bette Midler on the David Letterman Show

LATE SHOW with David Letterman February 15, 1999, Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce (FULL SHOW) Bette sings Lullabye In Blue

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Color Of Roses (Different Versions) From Bette! The TV Series

Bette Midler – Color Of Roses – Bette! The TV Series – 2000

I didn’t check before I put this up, but I think it’s a kind of mash-up of different styles of the song “Color Of Roses” by Beth Nielson Chapman and Matt Rollings

Bette! The TV Series - 2000
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon – 2014

Bette Midler - Waterfalls

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Video: Sold My Soul To Rock And Roll – The Rose – By Bette Midler

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Bette Midler & Alana Stewart Step Out For Lunch Yesterday (Video & Photos)

Alana Stewart rocks a leopard print coat as she steps out with Bette Midler for lunch in Beverly Hills
18 January 2019

Bette Midler meeting Alana Stewart for lunch in Beverly Hills
Bette Midler meeting Alana Stewart for lunch in Beverly Hills
Bette Midler meeting Alana Stewart for lunch in Beverly Hills

Bette Midler and Alana Stewart stepped out for lunch together in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

The actresses, both 73, enjoyed a bite to eat at the upmarket E Baldi.

Alana, who is her companion’s senior by seven months, looked gorgeous in knee-high black boots and a sexy figure-hugging black dress, cinched at the waist, flashing a little leg via side split.

She matched it with a luxurious leopard print fur coat, likely faux.

Bette meanwhile matched her boots, pairing hers with a black jumpsuit.

She finished her ensemble in a cosy thick brown long corduroy coat, and a stylish grey scarf. ...  Read More

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Video: Six Degrees Ep 18 – Jack Black to Bette Midler

It’s a family-friendly frightfest for all, as we link the star of Goosebumps, Jack Black, to the star of Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler, using only family-friendly movies. Our special guest host for the day is 9-year old Patrick. 

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