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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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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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

Medium 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). For The Rest Of The Article: Click Here
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

19. Jerry Lee Lewis ...  Read More

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fans’ cash opens door to new CD for Melissa Manchester, Former Harlette

The Columbus Dispatch Fans’ cash opens door to new CD for Melissa Manchester By Gary Graff THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE • Friday April 3, 2015 5:00 AM 81XB7sHoGIL._SL1500_ In recent years, Melissa Manchester has had a double career, mixing singing with teaching music at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. By her own account, she has been increasingly happy with that life — so many people who know her were surprised by the release of You Gotta Love the Life, her first new album in a decade. According to the Grammy-winning singer, her students made the album possible — by opening her eyes to the idea of crowd-funding, an increasingly popular way for musicians to finance new projects. “I’m still in an old paradigm,” the 64-year-old Manchester said by phone from her home in Los Angeles. “I asked them how they got their work done, and not one of them mentioned a label. They mentioned crowd-funding and said, ‘You should do this.’ “I didn’t know what they were talking about. One of my students became my project manager and walked me and my tour manager through the whole project. A lot of students became my street team, and it was just unbelievable as it unfolded. . . . It was really delightful in so many ways.” The experience underscored how a musician is never too old to learn a new trick or two. Music has long been a part of Manchester’s life: Her father played bassoon for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, and she began playing piano as a young child. She later attended the Manhattan School of Music and, by the time she was 15, was singing on commercial jingles. She also was an accomplished-enough songwriter to work for Chappell Music while in high school; among her classmates in New York University’s songwriting program was Paul Simon. Manchester broke into the music scene by singing in neighborhood clubs. At one such gig, Barry Manilow heard her and was impressed. He introduced her to Bette Midler, who hired Manchester to join her Harlettes backup singers in 1971. Two years later, she released her first album. Her third album, Melissa (1975), launched her first top 10 hit, Midnight Blue, and established Manchester as a star. “There was no question that you could feel the quake of movement and a big shift in persona and a big attendance shift in audience and venues,” Manchester recalled. “But it was always about finding the next way to make music.” Which she did, scoring more hits with Just Too Many People (1975), Just You and I (1976) and Better Days (1976), and co-writing Whenever I Call You Friend (1978), Kenny Loggins’ hit duet with Stevie Nicks. Her rendition of Peter Allen’s Don’t Cry Out Loud (1978) was nominated for a Grammy; and Through the Eyes of Love, the theme song from the film Ice Castles (1979), was nominated for an Academy Award. Manchester’s Grammy for best female vocal performance came in 1982 for You Should Hear How She Talks About You. “I didn’t have the conventional trajectory,” she said, “because I did take time off to raise my kids and all that. But I appreciate the song form more and more. I refer to song as ‘soul currency’ now, because I’ve seen how songs change a mind, change a heart or change a nation, and it’s no small thing.” Songs were certainly first and foremost on Manchester’s mind as she was making You Gotta Love the Life at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., where she is an honorary artist in residence. The sessions were filled with magical moments, including guest spots by Al Jarreau on Big Light and Keb’ Mo’, who plays guitar on Feelin’ for You. Other End of the Phone, which features Dionne Warwick, is the final lyric ever written by Hal David and features one of the last performances by keyboardist Joe Sample. Stevie Wonder had been scheduled to simply play harmonica on Your Love Is Where I Live but ended up doing much more. “I’ve known Stevie off and on for many years,” Manchester said, “and I was very honored when he said yes and he came down and brought his box of harmonicas. He couldn’t have been more generous and played enough for 1,000 songs.” Manchester and her team chronicled much of the process online — to her fans’ delight. “They loved the Facebook posts, and they loved the Indiegogo posts,” she said. “And some of the big contributors were invited to the studio.” The campaign, which raised $40,336 in two months, closed in October 2013. Manchester has plenty of other projects on her plate. Primary among them is The Sweet Potato Queen, a musical she wrote with Rupert Holmes. She also continues to do live performances and, of course, makes time for teaching. “I am deeply grateful that I’ve been able to do this for so long,” she said. “As I explain to my students: If you’re lucky and you’re really blessed and you get a chance to grow old with your songs and your songs grow with you, what happens is that you foist your life experience on these songs that you write at the beginning of your career, and they become a deepened experience for you.”
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Friday, February 6, 2015

New Interview With Former Harlette, Melissa Manchester

THE GOPRIDE.COM INTERVIEW Melissa Manchester Loving the life: an interview with Melissa Manchester by Gregg Shapiro Feb 5, 2015 ...  Read More

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Former Harlette Melissa Manchester To Release New CD February 10, 2015

Melissa Manchester To Release New CD, You Gotta Love the Life, February 10, 2015 on Red Distribution Records: 81XB7sHoGIL._SL1500_ Track List: 1 You Gotta Love the Life (Ft. Lee Thornburg) 2 Feelin’ for You (Ft. Keb’ Mo‘) 3 Be My Baby 4 Big Light (Ft. Al Jarreau) 5 Other End of the Phone (Ft. Dionne Warwick) [Ft. Joe Sample] 6 You Are My Heart 7 Let’s Face the Music and Dance/From This Moment On 8 Claudia (Ft. Dave Koz) 9 Your Love Is Where I Live (Ft. Stevie Wonder) 10 No There There 11 Open My Heart to Your Love 12 The Other One 13 I Know Who I Am 14 Something Wonderful
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mister D’s PlayList: Divas And Divos

This month on my playlist (out earlier than usual due to holidays-a-coming) features music old and new from Divas to Divos: Christina Aquilera, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and bad boys of Rock, David Bowie, Billie Armstrong and Green Day, and Mick Jagger and The Stones. One song by the Stones, Wild Horses, is being learned on guitar by Miss M herself, Bette Midler. To Listen: Click Here (Does not work in Google Chrome, unfortunatey)
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Songwriter Hal David Dies Of Stroke At Age 91

Global Post Hal David, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” co-author, dies at 91 Hal David, Burt Bacharach’s songwriting partner and author of, “Alfie,” “What’s New, Pussycat?,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?,” has died. Amy Silverstein September 1, 2012 ...  Read More

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Monday, April 23, 2012

BetteBack May 5, 1993: Another Movie Optioned But Lost – The Florence Greenberg Story

New York Times Easy listening with the ‘mom’ of rock ‘n’ roll May 5, 1993 TEANECK, N.J. — When Florence Greenberg was a child growing up in Manhattan, she would ‘watch an uncle sit for hours at the family piano, trying out different notes, searching desperately for a breakthrough tune. He was a songwriter who made a meager living at his trade. “I was fascinated,” she said. “Even though I couldn’t carry a tune myself, I just knew I’d wind up doing something in the music business.” Greenberg grew up to become the founder of Sceptor Records, a recording label that flourished during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with such artists as the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Chuck Jackson, Luther Dixon, Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas. Four years ago, Disney Pictures optioned Greenberg’s story for Bette Midler‘s All-Girl Prod u c t i on C o m p a n y.  B o n n ie Bruckheimer, a partner in AllGirl productions, said that the project was “in active development” and that the delay in production had been caused in part by the need to obtain the rights for using the music from a number of Sceptor clients. The role of Greenberg would b e p l a y e d b y M i d l e r , Bruckheimer said, adding that Midler frequently talks on the phone with Greenberg. THE WALLS of Greenberg’s apartment in a retirement home here are laden with gold records of S c e p t o r ‘s  h i ts  and photographs of her with Dick Clark, John Lennon and several singing groups. Now 79 and in failing health, Greenberg recently talked of her place in rock ‘n’ roll’s early days. It was the mid-1950s, an era when the hard-driving sounds of rhythm and blues, which had always been played almost exclusively for black audiences, exploded on the mainstream rock scene. A small but powerful label, Sceptor was responsible for such hits as “Twist and Shout,”  “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Soldier Boy,” “Louie Louie“ and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” “Believe me, it wasn’t easy, especially for someone like me, a middle-aged housewife, a white woman who was in a black business and who couldn’t even carry a tune,” Greenberg said. When it all began, it was the early 1950s. She was married to an accountant, had two children and lived in Passaic, N.J. But Greenberg said she took trips, often alone, to Broadway shows or hockey games, and she listened to music constantly, particularly rhythm and blues. IT WAS a chance acquaintance that landed her in the music business. “My husband’s distant cousin was in the music business; he was an arranger at a publishing firm that handled Elvis Presley, and he would tell us stories,” Greenberg said. “I’d give him some input on new artists, and he kept telling me I had an eye and a ear for the music business.” She began to hang around the Turf, a New York restaurant, now closed, on Broadway and  51st Street, and she was an odd sight, among several fledgling black artists who were writing songs and working all eight phones there. They were trying to get a break in the music business and were pretending to be phoning from their offices. People like Ed Townsend, who would later go on to record the hit “For Your Love,” would try out their m a t e r i a l  for Greenberg, who was free with her advice. “I decided to open a small office at 1674 Broadway, and I called myself Sceptor Records only because my lawyer had a client with that name who’d gone out of the music business and I wouldn’t have to pay for licensing,” Greenberg said. “Now I prayed that someone, anyone, would walk in with a song and sell it to me.” HER DAUGHTER Mary Jane, then a teen-ager at Passaic High School, provided Greenberg her first client.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BetteBack October 29, 1990: Bette Midler Attends Children’s Diabetes Foundation 1990

Waterloo Courier NEWSMAKERS Children’s diabetes group gets more than $5 million October 29, 1990 A star-studded auc t ion and dinner attended by former Presidents Reagan and Ford raised more than $5 million for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. The celebrities included Elizabeth Taylor, F r a nk S i n a t r a, A r n o ld Schwa r z enegge r, Faye Dunavway, Neil Diamond, Paul McCartney and Bette Midler. S t e v ie Wo n d er w r o te and performed a song for the event t i t l ed “Some Day.” Other f a c es in the crowd included Paula Abdul, Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, Gregory Peck, Dionne Warwick and Michael Caine. The benefit itself raised $3 million, said p u b l i c i st L a u r ie D o m i n i c. Investor Marvin Davis, who serves as , who serves as f o u n d a t i on chairman, chipped in an addi t ional $2 mi l l ion, Ms. Dominic said.
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