The Day of the Child Benefit for the Children of Cambodia
June 1, 1980 at Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York
NEW YORK (UPI) â€“ â€œThe Divine Miss Mâ€ did her gig Sunday in New York for the sake of starving Cambodian children. Bette Midler sang â€˜The Roseâ€ and â€œFriends,â€ and ran her boyfriend Ernie â€” â€œthe 94-year-old wonderâ€ â€” over the usual comedic coals at the Beacon theater for â€œDay of the Childâ€ festivities.
She was backed only by a piano player and two singers â€” collectively known as â€œThe Musicians Took a Powder on Us.â€
Organizer Allen Rafalson says the concert raised about $8,000.