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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Listen: Melissa Manchester Takes On “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”

Vintage Vinyl News
Listen: Melissa Manchester Takes On “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”
August 15, 2017

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On Monday, Melissa Manchester gave fans a taste of her forthcoming album, The Fellas, sharing the album opener and first single, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head,” via her social media channels. Her rambunctious, horn-filled version of the song swings exuberantly from the rafters.

“I wanted to invite the audience in, right away, to what the album and song was going to feel like,” says Melissa Manchester. The classic song was first recorded in 1960 by Dean Martin, who also performed it in the film Oceans 11 the same year. Read More

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

BetteBack April 23, 1975: Vito Russo Interviews Bette Midler

The Advocate
Exclusive Bette Midler Interview
April 23, 1975
By Vito Russo

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NEW YORK, NY: Don’t let all the recession-obsessed soothsayers fool you. People are still lining up to see a good show. At around midnight of the evening before tickets went on sale at the Minskoff Theatre for Bette Midler’s Clams on the Half Shell Revue, the line began to form for what turned out to be the largest single day ticket sale in Broadway history. The previous record had been set more than a year ago by Bette Midler at the Palace Theatre. Red Skelton said it when he was told that over 10,000 people had shown up at movie mogul Harry Cohen’s funeral: “Give the people something they want to see and they’ll come out for it.”At a time when people were selling apples on the street corners in Greenwich Village for $1.50 each, I’m convinced now that we do indeed need it now. Read More

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