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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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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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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

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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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Video: Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night – Includes Bette Midler Segment – 1978

bette on the bruce forsyth show 1978

This video, Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night is something like a telethon with many guests. There is a full Bette Midler segment with a hilarious interview and two songs, Hello In There and Leader Of The Pack. This is an English show, Bette Midler was there starting her World Tour.

Bette Midler was performing at the London Palladium in 1978 in her Trash With Flash tour, and I went to see her the week before she was due on my TV show Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night. All the way through her act she kept falling on the floor and talking to the audience from where she was lying. It was very funny indeed. And boy could she sing. ...  Read More

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Video: Countdown Interview With Bette Midler

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – The Rose Trailer

“The Rose” was first recorded by Bette Midler for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays under the closing credits. However the song was not written for the movie: Amanda McBroom recalls, “I wrote it in 1977 [or] 1978, and I sang it occasionally in clubs. … Jim Nabors had a local talk show, and I sang [“The Rose”] on his show once.”[1] According to McBroom she wrote “The Rose” in response to her manager’s suggestion that she write “some Bob Seger-type tunes” to expedite a record deal: McBroom obliged by writing “The Rose” in forty-five minutes. Said McBroom: “‘The Rose’ is … just one verse [musically] repeated three times. When I finished it, I realized it doesn’t have a bridge or a hook, but I couldn’t think of anything to [add].” ...  Read More

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