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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Photo: Now here’s an iconic photo: Carly Simon, Bette Midler, & Cher. Looks like the night Bette won the Ruby Award For Entertainer Of The Year in 1973

Carly Simon, Bette Midler, & Cher
Carly Simon, Bette Midler, & Cher
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Friday, August 3, 2018

BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES

Billboard Magazine
BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES
August 1, 2018

Bette Midler

List BASED on DATA from August 4, 1958 … to July 21, 2018 AAA

60. Juice Newton

59. Carole King

58. Stevie Nicks

57. Amy Grant

56. Missy Elliott

55. Faith Hill

54. Chaka Khan

53. Jody Watley

52. Avril Lavigne

51. Pat Benatar

50. Anne Murray

49. Ashanti

48. Bette Midler

47. Aaliyah

46. ??Natalie Cole

45. Fergie

44. Petula Clark

43. Miley Cyrus

42. Brandy

41. Carly Simon

40. Sheena Easton

39. Debbie Gibson Read More

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Buzzy Linhart Suffers Major Seizure, Recovering in Hospital – He Wrote Bette’s Signature Song – “Friends”

VVN Music
Buzzy Linhart Suffers Major Seizure, Recovering in Hospital
6:52 PM -News-, Buzzy Linhart
by VVN Music

Buzzy Linhart, Bette Midler

Multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Buzzy Linhart suffered what is described as a “major seizure event” on Tuesday (May 29) and remains in the hospital recovering.

Buzzy’s son, Xeno David Rasmusson, posted about the situation on Tuesday:

Hey Friends, my father Buzzy Linhart had a major seizure event this morning and is in the ICU at Alta Bates in Berkeley. He is sedated, intubated and resting after a lot of testing today. MRI came back normal, so we are hopeful he will emerge from sedation in the morning. Room mate Lenny acted quickly so the care was delivered quickly, so for now all we can do is rest, pray, and fire up the Buzzy Linhart music. @linhartbuzzy #buzzylovesyou

Since then, he has been keeping Linhart fans updated on a regular basis. On Wednesday afternoon, they knew there was no brain damage and had been intubated and under sedation but, by the next day, he was breathing on his own. According to Rasmusson, one of the first things he asked was whether he would be able to sing again and medical personnel told him he would.

A page is available on the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund site to help Buzzy with costs.

Buzzy, 75, moved to New York in 1963 where he roomed with John Sebastian and became a protege of Fred Neil. He recorded his first album in 1969, buzzy, and has released over a dozen albums over the years.

Along with his own albums, Linhart has appeared on sets by John Sebastian (John B. Sebastian), Jimi Hendrix (The Cry of Love), Carly Simon (Carly Simon), Midler (The Divine Miss M), Labelle (Labelle, Moon Shadow) and others.

As a songwriter, he wrote the song “Friends” which is best known from the recording by Bette Midler. He has also acted in movies like The Groove Tube and Modern Problems along with Bill Cosby’s mid-70’s series Cos.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Woman Problem?—Writer’s Cut

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Woman Problem?—?Writer’s Cut
By Courtney E. Smith
May 5, 2018

Bette Midler, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Sexism

Here are few more examples of legendary female artists who have not only not been inducted but haven’t even been nominated: Ella Fitzgerald, Cher (as a solo artist, she has been considered with ex-husband Sonny), Joan Baez, Diana Ross (as a solo artist), Dionne Warwick, Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist), Nina Simone (writer’s note: was finally inducted in 2018), Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Grace Jones, The Shangri-Las and Tina Turner (as a solo artist, she was inducted with her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner).

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category – Bette Midler Proves It In One Segment

The Washington Post
The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category
By Dan Zak
March 2 at 1:42 PM

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Phil Collins grasps his Oscar in 2000; Robin Williams performs “Blame Canada” the same year; Mariah Carey, left, and Whitney Houston perform “When You Believe” in 1999; and, from left, Peter Allen, Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager claim their shared prize in 1982. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images; Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images; Clary/AFP/Getty Images; ABC/Getty Images)

Remember when Ann Reinking lip-synced — and danced to — “Against All Odds,” the No. 1 hit by Phil Collins from the movie of the same name, at the Academy Awards in 1985? No?

It was nearly five minutes of theatrical fog, odd lunges and wide-eyed emoting, and Collins had to watch the slow-motion oddity from his seat. The academy wanted a “variety” of entertainers to perform the nominees for best original song, so it didn’t enlist the English rocker, then at the peak of his career. Read More

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

What to Expect From the Hocus Pocus Musical Parody

What to Expect From the Hocus Pocus Musical Parody
SEP 28, 2016


The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus will cast a spell on Los Angeles beginning tomorrow, but before it takes the stage at Rockwell, Marissa Jaret Winokur spills the beans on what to expect.

First and foremost, “it’s not for kids,” Winokur says, “and I have so many friends who are like, ‘Oh! I’m buying tickets for me and my kids!’ And I [say], ‘Well, you need to be inviting your friends and getting a babysitter’ because it’s [at] a nightclub… It’s a bar. We say, ’f*ck!’”

The musical parody of the 1993 cult Halloween film, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the sinister Sanderson sisters, will take shape at L.A.’s Rockwell Table & Stage, where many an unauthorized musical parody—including Clueless, The Devil Wears Prada and Troop Beverly Hills—have played before.

It was when Winokur saw Troop Beverly Hills that she was asked to come on board as Winifred Sanderson, originated on screen by Midler, for the September 29-November 12 engagement. (She alternates in the starring role alongside recording artist Becky Baeling Lythgoe.)

Like the unauthorized parody musicals before it, Hocus Pocus will incorporate popular music from the ’80s and ’90s to further the plot. Winokur teased that some titles include AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” the Backstreet Boys’ “Backstreet’s Back,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” the Bette Midler tunes “From a Distance” and “The Rose” and, naturally, “I Put a Spell On You” from the film.

“Whenever I go into doing a spell, I’ll do a Bette Midler song, and [the other characters are] like, ‘No! Not that spell!’ I’ll start singing ‘From a Distance’ or ‘The Rose,’ so there’s funny things like that,” she explains. “We also have Peter Boyd playing The Book, which is like the narrator, to help the story [along]. … They keep really true to the stories, but when the Sanderson sisters come back, we literally become The Backstreet Boys [and do] ‘Backstreet’s Back,’ and all of a sudden I’m dancing like a Backstreet Boy, which is so ridiculous!”

The adaptation is by Kate Pazakis and John Flynn. Pazakis is executive producer. Tye Blue will direct.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk

Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk
AUG 30, 2016


Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Bette Midler, who will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, will appear at the 92Y October 17 in a special 7 PM conversation with Oscar and Grammy winner Carole Bayer Sager.

Sager, who co-wrote such songs as “Nobody Does It Better,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the Broadway musical They’re Playing Our Song, has recently completed her memoir, also titled They’re Playing Our Song, which hits stores October 18.

The 92Y event promises a look back at Sager’s life and career.

Midler will star as Dolly Levi in the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!, which will begin Broadway previews March 15 at the Shubert Theatre.

Tickets for the 92Y conversation are priced $105. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Bette Midler goes out to dinner with friend, Carole Bayer Sager in New York earlier this week! | BootLeg Betty Read More

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Carole Bayer Sager Lands Deal With Simon & Schuster

Galley Cat
Carole Bayer Sager Lands Deal With Simon & Schuster
By Maryann Yin on Mar. 24, 2016 – 9:45 AM


Carole Bayer Sager has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster. The renowned songwriter has written a memoir entitled They’re Playing Our Song.

The title of Sager’s book comes from the 1978 hit musical; she wrote the lyrics for the songs featured in this show. The publisher has scheduled the release date for October 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for lyrics to ‘Nobody Does It Better,’ ‘A Groovy Kind of Love,’ ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud,’ and the theme from the movie Arthur, ‘The Best That You Can Do.’ In her memoir, she describes her many collaborations, including work with Peter Allen, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, and Frank Sinatra.” (

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

BetteHead Jann Arden Releases Second CD Of Covers…Some Bette Staples Included

Mister D: And thanks to Allison and Darrell for turning me on to Ms Arden’s music! The songs on this CD that will interest Bette Midler fans are…You Don’t Own Me, Glory of Love, and Is That All There Is?

The Windsor Star
Jann Arden uncovers pop standards
September 20, 2012

Jann Arden has only just started working on her personal songbook.

The 50-year-old singer, who performs Friday at Caesars Windsor’s Colosseum, has released a second collection of covers, Uncover Me 2, and if she has her way there will be many more.

“If I can, I have every intention of doing Uncover Me 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. As many as I can.”

It’s not merely a stopgap between albums of original material, she insists. It’s a passion.

“Growing up I copied everybody I listened to, I copied every nuance of Carly Simon, Janis Ian, James Taylor, Bette Midler, you name it. Doing covers is a humbling experience, in a way, to be able to do such great songs by great artists.”

Uncover Me 2 contains popular music from the last six decades, from Peggy Lee to SheDaisy. An alternative rock song by The Smiths, Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me, is alongside Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera. Stevie Nicks’ Dreams shares time with The Motels’ Only the Lonely (Can Play).

“I know I’m taking a chance doing songs by the likes of Peggy Lee and Stevie Nicks,” said Arden. “Their voices are so entwined with the songs. I’m setting myself up to be massacred by the fans and the media. But people for the most part have been kind.”

The first Uncover Me in 2007 contained songs by Janis Ian, Cat Stevens and Carly Simon.

“I grew up listening to these songs, and I love recording them. It has turned out fantastic for me.”

As soon as it became known in her inner circle she was planning another Uncover Me, Arden started getting suggestions from family and friends.

“People were coming out of the woodwork, my producer, my mom,” she said.

Her manager Bruce Allen came up with Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is? “I thought he was nuts,” Arden said. “Out of his mind. But it worked out great.”

Love Hurts, the Everly Brothers song, actually was inspired by the Nazareth cover version, a blast from her own past and her brother’s record collection.

The one recent song, Mr. McLennen, which Arden co-wrote with SheDaisy’s Kristyn Osborn, grew out of a visit to Alberta by the American country trio.

“I took them out to Bragg Creek and introduced them to some of my friends,” Arden said.

The people in the song are real, she said. True to the facts, the title subject actually dropped dead in the post office after buying a newspaper.

“The other people mentioned in the song are all real, too,” she said.

Having penned several Canadian popular hits herself, including Could I Be Your Girl?, Good Mother, and The Sound Of, Arden knows a good thing when she hears it.

The songs she covers, like the ones she writes, must possess a grain of truth. She acts as narrator of the stories in the songs.

“I don’t make crap up,” said Arden, describing her own songs. “I could sit in front of a piece of paper for 10 years and not come up with something fictional.”

Tickets for Arden’s concert Friday at 9 p.m. at Caesars Windsor are $31.86 to $82.71, including taxes and surcharges. They can be purchased at the Caesars box office or ordered online at ticketmaster.ca.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BetteBack 1974: Bette Nominated For Three Grammy Awards

Van Nuys Valley News And Green Sheet
Stevie Wonder Leads List of Candidates for Grammys
January 18, 1974

Blind singer-composer Stevie Wonder, with six nominations, led the list of candidates yesterday for the music industry’s coveted Grammy Awards.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominations during a news Conference at the Hollywood Palladium. Presentations will be made on March 2.

Sponsors said final ballots were mailed to judges this week. There were 261 nominations in 46 categories.

Won 2 Grammies

Wonder, blind since birth, had two nominations as a composer and four as a performer. His “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” was nominated for Song of The Year, while his rendition of that song was in contention for best male pop vocal performance.

Roberta Flack, who won two Grammies in 1973, was nominated this year for Record of The Year and Best Female Pop Performance of The Year, both for “Killing Me Soft]y With His Song.” The song also was nominated for Album of The Year.

Among Nominations

Among the nominations announced yesterday were:

• Record of The Year: “Big. Bad Leroy Brown,” by Jim Croce; “Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich; “Killing Me Softly With His Song” Roberta Flac; “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder; and “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.

• Album of The Year: “Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich, Billy Sherrill producer; “The Divine Miss M” by Bette Midler, Joel Dorn, Barry Manilow, Geoffry Haslam and Ahmet Ertegun producers; ‘”Innervisions” by Stevie Wonder, Wonder producer; “Killing Me Softly” by Miss Flack, Joel Dorn producer; and ”There Goes Khyniin’ Simon” by’ Paul Simon. Simon producer.

• Song of The Year: “Behind Closed Doors” written by Kenny O’Dell; “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox; “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree” by Irwin Levine and L. Russel Brown; “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder; and “You’re So Vain” by Carlv Simon.

• Best New Artist Of The Year: Eumir Deodato, .Maureen McGovern, Bette Midler, Marie Osmond and Barry. White.

• Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler; “Danny’s Song” by Anne Murray; “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack; “Touch Me in The Morning” by Diana Ross; and “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.

• Best Male Pop Vocal of The Year: “And I Love You So” by Perry Como; “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce; “Daniel” by Elton John; “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon” by Paul Simon: and “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder.

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