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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BetteBack Sep 4, 1975: Paul Simon Disses Miss M Over Recording

Newark Advocate
Sep 4, 1975

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Paul Simon‘s new single, “Gone At Last” features Phoebe Snow singing the high parts that Bette Midler was supposed to have sung. As we’ve heard it, the Divine Miss M and the Rhymin’ Simon had a difference of opinion.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BetteBack August 9, 1975: I hear Bette Midler isn’t nearly so popular offstage as she is onstage. True?

Altoona Mirror
August 9, 1975

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I hear Bette Midler isn’t nearly so popular offstage as she is onstage. True?K. Denton, Newport, Ky.

Not on the evidence we have. During the New York run of “Clams on the Half Shell‘ she ordered 70 picnic hampers from the Trattoria and Brasserie restaurants to be delivered to the theater between shows on weekends, as there was no time for the cast and crew to go out to dinner.

When Alexis Smith visited Bette backstage after one show, her dressing room was crowded and Alexis didn’t recognize Bette, with no makeup and her hair pulled back.”In fact, she was introducing herself to people, ” said Alexis, who told Bette she was leaving for a Florida club date. With that, Bette took her to a corner and passed on some valuable tips about club work, a rare thing for performers to do. They usually guard their  “secrets ” as closely as the Pentagon does. Read More

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Friday, August 17, 2018

BetteBack July 17, 1975: ABC Offers Bette Midler A Special Deal

Harrisburg Daily Register
July 17, 1975

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Bette Midler, the doyenne of glitter rock, may soon be doing her boogie woogie on ABC, a network spokesman said Wednesday.

“We have made her an offer,*’ the spokesman confirmed, “now, it’s up to her.” The spokesman declined to discuss the terms of the offer.

Miss Midler has risen from a cult following in a Manhattan steambath to successes on Broadway and television with her outrageous style of song and dance. Her first top seller was a parody of the Andrews’ Sister hit of the 1940’s “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from
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Friday, June 29, 2018

#Resist: Writer Kevin Sessums Recalls Bette Midler at the Baths & Our Need Now For “Naked Defiance”

Mister D: Kevin went to college with me for one semester. He was so cute, good looking, and still is. He’s had a great career as a journalist, author, and magazine editor (including working for Vanity Fair. He did a huge profile on her in 1991, I believe.) I’m sure if I hadn’t of been such a shy, closeted guy that semester, we would have hooked up! LOL

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#Resist: Writer Kevin Sessums Recalls Bette Midler at the Baths & Our Need Now For “Naked Defiance”
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Sounds of Pride: Bette Midler at the Gay Baths

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Sounds of Pride: Bette Midler at the Gay Baths
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Unless you were actually there, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the gay bath houses of the 1970’s.  More than just sex clubs, “the baths” were a gay oasis, a haven, and safe space away from homophobia and the threat of violence.

For a few bucks a guy could not only get laid, but relax, be himself with other gay men; and on the weekends, grab dinner and catch the floor show.  One person who remembers exactly what it was like is Bathhouse Betty aka Bette Midler who got her start as a solo artist performing at the baths. Read More

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bette Midler – Empty Bed Blues – Continental Baths – 1971

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Bette Midler – Chattanooga Choo Choo – Continental Baths – 1971

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

BetteBack May 13, 1975: Bette Midler: Still divine

South Mississippi Sun
May 13, 1975

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NEW YORK (UPI) — So great has been the demand for tickets for the divine Bette Midler‘s show at the Minskoff Theater that her run has been extended from four weeks to 10 weeks, ending June 21. Small wonder. The mop-haired, raunchy-tongued, trashily dressed singer took a year out of her notably successful career as an entertainer and recording star to put together a revue called “Clams on the Half Shell.” It was well worth the effort, for this is the most bubbly, amusing entertainment in New York this side of “The Wiz.” Read More

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BetteBack April 16, 1975: Clams On The Half Shell Opens

Bucks County Courier
April 16, 1975

BROADWAY WAS LIKE A carnival last night. Six to 7000 people pushing and shoving in just one block — wild, desrespectful and wonderful Bette Midler opening at the Minskoff, everlastingly beautiful Ingrid Bergman opening in “The Constant Wife” at the Shubert.

Bette’s cultists wore from Dracula outfits to white-tie-and-canes and gave her numerous ovations and a huge one to Lionel Hampton.

I’m partial to Bette’s talking.

Too bad about the Bicentennial: “All New York’s revolutionary landmarks are now gay bars” … “Jerry Minskoff built this theater so he can remember how to spell his name. It has the warmth of a Ramadalnn.” Read More

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Easier Said Than Done – The Continental Baths – Bette Midler – 1971

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