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Monday, June 4, 2018

Bette Midler – Friends Rehearsal – Clams On The Half Shell Rehearsal – 1974 (Thanks to Bette On The Boards)

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Backstage at Clams On The Half Shell Revue Looking All Kind Of Diva! #BetteMidler #ClamsOnTheHalfShell

Backstage at Clams On The Half Shell Revue Looking All Kind Of Diva! #BetteMidler #ClamsOnTheHalfShell

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler – Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe – Tribute To Joe Layton (1995) – Very Moving (Memorial)

Bette Midler, From A Distance, Still Joe Layton was a director and choreographer. Bette Midler’s Clams on the Half Shell Revue with Bette Midler [Special / Revue] (Apr 14, 1975 – Jun 22, 1975). He also worked with Bette on “For The Boys” He was a giant in his field. To learn more: Click Here
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler THE CARIOCA -Tribute (Memorial) To Director, Choreographer Joe Layton -1995.mp3

“It’s forties Xavier Cugat,” director Joe Layton whispers. “It’s overproduced and terrible. And,” he hastens to add, “hopefully, terribly funny.” – Layton talking about The Carioca during an interview about Clams On The Half Shell

LA Times Pop Music Review : Midler, Others Pay Tribute to Joe LaytonApril 08, 1995|DON HECKMAN

The imposing, wide-ranging lineup of L.A. Shanti’s “Tribute to Joe Layton” on Thursday at the Wiltern Theater–from Bette Midler to Carol Burnett to Melissa Etheridge–probably would have pleased the honoree, a highly regarded choreographer and director who died last year at the age of 64. But he probably would have been even more delighted that a group of energetic dancers nearly stole the show with an excerpt (re-created by Gene Castle) from his choreography for “Barnum”–though annoyed by the fact that their identities were buried in the fine print of the “Special Thanks” part of the program. The evening also included a presentation of the Daniel P. Warner Founder’s Award to singer Etheridge for her support of Shanti’s various services for people affected by HIV, AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Despite the honor, Etheridge only performed two numbers, most notably a strong, dark-toned rendering of her Grammy-winning “Come to My Window.” It would have been nice to have heard more. Among other featured artists, Burnett, Marilynn Lovell Matz and the vocal group the Tonics made brief appearances. Debbie Shapiro-Gravitte used her advanced state of pregnancy to have fun with “Lulu’s Back in Town.” Joel Grey offered some stirring song and dance from Layton’s Tony-winning choreography for “George M.” And Melissa Manchester, with one of the most gorgeous voices in mainstream pop, verged unnecessarily close to Whitney Houston-esque shouting an otherwise impressive “Come In From the Rain.” Bruce Vilanch, hosting the event, provided the right tone of inside humor, and Ellen DeGeneres presented Etheridge’s award with characteristically wacky irreverence. Closing her headliner segment of the show, Midler’s tribute of “Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” was both tender and heartfelt, a fitting conclusion to a well-produced evening.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rare Audio: Gone At Last – Bette Midler & Paul Simon – Rehearsal Demo 1973

Mister D: Here is a rehearsal demo of Bette and Paul Simon singing his song, “Gone At Last.” Probably why she sounds so subdued. This started the infamous feud between them. He decided to go a different direction with the song and replaced Bette with Phoebe Snow. Bette didn’t know about it until she heard it on the radio. She did however incorporate the song in her legendary show, Clams On The Half Shell. She and Paul Simon reconciled in 1984 during the recording of “We Are The World” They performed recently together as duet partners at one of the annual Children’s Health Fund benefit.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Bette Midler – 1976 – Clams On The Half Shell

Bette Midler – 1976 – Clams On The Half Shell

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bette Midler in Clams On The Half Shell

Bette Midler in Clams On The Half Shell

This was my first Bette concert. Wow, what an introduction into her genius. Don

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