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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


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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Friday, February 10, 2017

BetteBack December 16, 1973: Danger Sign to the Divine Miss M?

Pacific Stars And Stripes
December 16, 1973


The first time I heard Bette Midler on record I didn’t really care for her. She sounded a bit pretentious, a trifle overbaked and more than a little false. But then I saw her one night on Johnny Carson‘s show and it changed my whole opinion of her.

On that show, she wore a wonderfully tacky outfit, went through some horrendous choreography and sang “Chattanooga Choo Choo” with such enthusiasm that no one would be heartless enough to tell her the whole act was 30 years out of date. Read More

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Monday, September 26, 2016

BetteBack December 23, 1973: Bette Midler, Elton John Top Sellers At Christmas Time In NY

Albuquerque Journal
December 23, 1973


A QUICK survey of the three record shops in the university area revealed that sales had gone up since Thanksgiving, with new albums by Elton John, the Pointer Sisters and Bette Midler being the fastest sellers. Both Bette Midler and the Pointer Sisters have recently performed at UNM’s Pope joy Hall, which Miss Grimes said was ‘‘probably the reason for their popularity”

A customer in the store, Kevin Heney, a UNM senior from Scarsdale, N.Y., said “I usually don’t buy records very often, but I’ve got three brothers and a sister who all like music. Read More

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Charm is something a lot of today’s young artists could do with…

“Charm is something a lot of today’s young artists could do with. Maybe I’ll start a charm school, like they had at Motown. They don’t see it takes more than looking cute and not falling over in high heels.”

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

On Moving From Atlantic Records To Warner Brothers:

On Moving From Atlantic Records To Warner Brothers: “And I went to Warner Brothers next door. And then Ahmet got mad, and that’s how it works. I love my Atlantic family, but it was time to move on. I kept my relationship with Arif Mardin obviously, and I’m still very close to Ahmet.” (The Hour – Sep 4, 1998)

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention Tour is classic Bette (Phoenix)

Arizona Republic
Bette Midler‘s Divine Intervention Tour is classic Bette
Ed Masley, The Republic | azcentral.com 11:01 a.m. MST May 25, 2015


The Divine Intervention Tour brought Bette Midler to Phoenix Sunday for a performance whose highlights included a tearful rendition of “Stay with Me,” newly recast as a tribute to friends she’s lost along the way, and a filthy assortment of Sophie Tucker jokes, the best of which began, “My boyfriend Ernie told me, ‘Soph, if you could learn to cook, we could fire the chef.” Read More

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Elle Greenwich: The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music

Huffington Post
Steve North
The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music
Updated: 03/27/2015 7:59 pm EDT


“I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still.” That’s the opening line of the 1963 hit “Da Doo Ron Ron“, one of a string of songs that vividly captured the essence of teenage romance in a way American popular music had rarely done.

There’s been a recent resurgence of interest in those 1960’s tunes. Bette Midler leads off her new CD It’s The Girls, a glorious tribute to girl groups, with “Be My Baby”, which she credited to The Ronettes during a television appearance. In December, Darlene Love wrapped up a nearly 30-year annual tradition of performing “Christmas: Baby Please Come Home” on David Letterman’s late-night show. When singer Lesley Gore passed away in February, her song “Maybe I Know (That He’s Been Cheating)” was heard again on the radio. And on the latest edition of NBC’s The Sing-off, host Nick Lachey introduced one group’s number by saying “Now performing “River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner, here is Traces.” Read More

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Friday, March 2, 2012

BetteBack March 3, 1991: “Take It Back” Environmental Video

Santa Fe New Mexican
Environmentalists go Hollywood in bid to raise consciousness
March 3, 1991

LOS ANGELES – E n v i r o nmental groups are now t u r n i ng to videos to raise our Ea r th consciousness and e d u c a te us on
e v e r y t h i ng f r om r e c y c l i ng to acid rain.

“We’ve become such a v i s u al culture,” said A n dy Spahn, pr e s ident of E n v i r o nme n t al Media Association, a non-prof it o r g a n ization t h at is a c l e a r inghouse of i n f o r m a t i on a nd expe r t i se f or t he
ent e r t a inment i n d u s t r y. Read More

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