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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Audio: Bad Girls – Bette Midler and Donna Summer – 2003

Bette Midler and Donna Summer – Hulaween 2003
Bad Girls – Bette Midler and Donna Summer – 2003
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler and Donna Summer – Hot Stuff – Hulaween 2003

Bette Midler and Donna Summer – Hot Stuff – Hulaween 2003 (Bette Sings First)
Bette making some Rose moves with Donna to the side.
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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, 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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Friday, October 12, 2012

The 2013 Rock And Roll Nominations: No Bette, But We Have A Bette Ally!

CantonRep
The Farr Side: Heart of Rock and Roll Hall
By David Farr
10/10/2012

Each year, I’m usually geeked to learn who made the cut when the nominees are announced for the Rock Hall of Fame. That is, until they’re made known. Then I’m usually miffed.

The term “rock ‘n’ roll” means different things to different people, thus we have the class of 2013 nominees. They include first-timers Rush, Deep Purple, NWA, Public Enemy, Albert King, The Marvelettes and Procol Harum, along with the previously nominated Chic, Heart, Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Meters.

Before I go further, I must say: How are Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart not already in the Hall of Fame? That makes no sense to me.

You mean to tell me the rockin’ sisters who belted out “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “What About Love,” and “Alone” have been up for the honor before but weren’t inducted?

I find it necessary to point out rules of eligiblity. Artists must have released works at least 25 years prior to being on the ballot. This year’s nominees would have had to release their first single in 1987 or earlier.

Heart has been making awesome music since the mid-’70s, yet they’ve not made the cut when other acts such as Public Enemy, whose first release came in 1987.

Of the first-time nominees, I can see Rush making it in. Why not? This Canadian band has recorded more than 20 albums and toured almost non-stop since its inception in the early ‘70s.

Who isn’t a fan of “a modern day warrior, a mean mean stride, today’s Tom Sawyer, mean mean pride”? The trio deserves to be in the Rock Hall.

I also can see The Marvelettes going in. Without groups like The Marvelettes and artists like Albert King we wouldn’t have had so many of the others to come afterward.

Although there are 15 nominated for the class of 2013, only five will be inducted. So who else is deserving? I’m inclined to say Donna Summer, not because she died this year, either. As Queen of Disco, some may argue her relevance to rock, but let’s not forget she was the first female to receive a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Hot Stuff.”

I’m happy Joan Jett is nominated, but also perplexed that Pat Benatar was not. I figured Benatar would have made it first.

A more interesting storyline is not who was nominated but who hasn’t been nominated or already inducted.

Bon Jovi, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Def Leppard and Journey have been overlooked, as well as Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, John Mellencamp and Sammy Hagar. I could go on forever naming names.

This time, fans can have a say in who gets a much deserved place in the house that Rock built. From now through Dec. 5, fans can vote at several sites including www.rockhall.com/vote.

The top five will become part of a special fans’ ballot that will be counted alongside the international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and industry members.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Heart.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.

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    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Jukebox: Same Songs, Other Voices Up And Running ~ Oct 2012

    This playlist features songs that Bette Midler has performed/recorded at one point in her life, but sung here by other artists/songwriters….some versions may be good, and some very, very BAD!

    This month contains such performers as Lynda “Wonder Woman” Carter, Janis Ian, Tom Waits, The Rolling Stones, Nancy Sinatra, Belinda Carlisle, Donna Summer, Bebe Neuwirth, and more!

    To listen: Click Here

    Bette Midler Writes Song With Janis Ian ~ “I Will Bring You Spring” (Thanks Ron!)
    Video: Bette Midler, P. Diddy, Whoopi, Others Sing Praises Of Donna Summer (Thanks Marcos!)
    Live At Last Reissued And Remastered
    Bette Midler: Patron Saint To Downtown Cabaret ~ But Is It A Dying Art Form?

    BetteBack Interview: Alex Harvey Talks “Delta Dawn,” His Favorite Version, Bette Midler And More Read More

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    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Liz Smith Remembers Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” At Hulaween 2003

    chicagotribune.com
    Donna Summer — we loved to love her, baby
    By Liz Smith, Tribune Media Services
    May 21, 2012

    Photo: Barry Shermer

    “GOD HAD to create disco music so I could be born and be successful.” — Donna Summer

    DIM ALL the lights … what a shock — Donna Summer’s death from cancer last week. A little bit of my relative youth gone. How well I recall nights at Studio 54, and other clubs of the ’70s and ’80s, with Donna’s groundbreaking music blaring.

    In 2003, I attended Bette Midler‘s Hulaween Ball. Donna was the special guest entertainment. She had been laying low for a few years. The audience was tense with anticipation. Donna appeared, gorgeous. She opened her mouth, began to sing and it was Studio 54 all over again. Still magnificent. The entire audience went berserk. By the time she finished, delirium had set in.

    Shortly after this, I read Donna’s frank, no-frills, no-dish autobiography, and reviewed it positively. The morning the item appeared Donna Summer herself phoned to thank me for the review and for my previous writing about her appearance at Bette’s gala. She was a doll — charming, funny, appreciative. In fact, she seemed much like the title of her book, “Ordinary Girl.” And the very next day, she sent a lovely note and a CD of her greatest hits.

    That’s my Donna Summer experience. She was way too young for her “Last Dance.”

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    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Donna Summer: Celebrities Reflect On The “Last Dance”

    New York Times
    May 18, 2012
    Memories of Donna’s Disco Nights
    By JACOB BERNSTEIN

    IN 1975, a 26-year-old singer who called herself Donna Summer floated onto the scene with “Love to Love You Baby.” Produced by the Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, it became a sensation, 17 minutes of a woman oohing and aahing as if in a state of ecstasy.

    For the next half a decade, there almost wasn’t a nightclub in America that didn’t play Ms. Summer’s songs or anyone who came of age during the disco era who won’t forever associate her with that hedonistic time.

    On Thursday, after news of Ms. Summer’s death, some of the last remaining denizens of the legendary New York dance clubs Studio 54, the Paradise Garage, 12 West, Flamingo and Xenon recalled their fondest memories of dancing to Donna Summer. At least, as much as they could remember.

    Jellybean Benitez, D.J. and executive producer at “Studio 54 Radio,” at Sirius XM “You had this woman moaning and groaning, like she was having an orgasm. And it went on forever. But no one seemed to mind. You’d just play that record and turn the lights off. Seventeen minutes was enough time to fulfill a lot of fantasies.”

    Patricia Field, clothing designer and stylist “Her music embodied that era. Dancing and drugs, it all went together like a beautiful salad. I was never that heavy a drug user. But poppers I used to enjoy when I was on the dance floor shooting for the stars. I was having a mad love affair with a woman named Dorothy that lasted a year and a half. We’d go to 12 West together and dance and get lost. We loved ‘Love to Love You Baby.’ ”

    Liz Rosenberg, publicist to Madonna, Cher, Stevie Nicks and, briefly, Donna Summer “Donna Summer was it. I went to Paradise Garage, the Loft and the Flamingo. Only gay clubs. The music was always better and you always heard Donna Summer. She also put on phenomenal live shows. The show I remember very well was the Greek Theater in L.A. They had this street lamp setup, and all these people who worked around Donna came out in outfits and did ‘Bad Girls’ like they were hookers. It was a big industry audience and it just went insane. I knew at that moment I was at something historic. I could only equate it to Bette Midler in terms of those out-there concert extravaganzas.”

    Bette Midler “I was working at the [Continental] Baths and we heard this magical voice. It was ‘Love to Love You Baby,’ and you knew that something was in the air, that something was going to change. It was so revolutionary. It was quite provocative, really outrageous, this gigantic production, fantastic production. It wasn’t thoughtful. It was sexual.”

    Stephen Burrows, fashion designer, Studio 54 regular “People would be on the balcony at Studio 54 actually doing it while that song was playing.”

    Joel Schumacher, film director “I was doing a lot of speed. We were all out of our minds. Sweat and Speedos and Donna Summer and gorgeous beauty and being wrecked out of our brains. That’s what it was all about.”

    Junior Vasquez, D.J. “Everything followed her. Everyone else did that sound after ‘I Feel Love’ and ‘MacArthur Park Suite.’ I remember in the ’70s, being in the Grove on Fire Island at the Ice Palace. I’d be out there every weekend, and that was all I heard. Loleatta Holloway and First Choice were great as well, but Donna Summer crossed all barriers.”

    Kim Hastreiter, editor, Paper Magazine “I moved here in ’76, and Joey Arias and I used to go to Studio 54 every night before the Mudd Club opened. Joey worked at Fiorucci and I worked at Betsey Bunky Nini. I was a salesgirl. We would wear leopard twin outfits and go out and dance to Donna Summer. Every night. All night. ‘Last Dance’ would come on, and forget about it. How many poppers were taken to that song I can’t even imagine.”

    Joey Arias, performance artist “It became a ritual when that song came on. Find that person in the club you could go home and sleep with. Or make love to. That new partner. That’s what the ‘last dance’ was. It was the last chance for love, so go on the dance floor, shake your booty one more time and make sure you find that person. And you usually did. And then you’d pass out, and wake up and do it all again.”

    Deborah Harry, lead singer of Blondie “There’s a live recording somewhere of us doing ‘I Feel Love.’ We played it all over the place. I know we did at CBGB at first and then various shows all over the world. I was crazy about that song. You couldn’t help but love it. It was so fresh.”

    Danny Tenaglia, D.J., Paradise Garage regular “It was amazing seeing the drag shows to Donna Summer. People would do incredible performances lip syncing. They were always doing ‘MacArthur Park Suite.’ Somebody would come out with a cake in the rain and the umbrella, just like in the lyrics, and it would turn into a very messy stage.”

    Ian Schrager, an owner of Studio 54 “The drag queens would get up on stage and emulate her, but they were never as pretty.”

    Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle “I had my own catering business, and Casablanca records, Donna Summer’s label, was a client. ‘Heaven Knows’ was my favorite. I think I first heard it at the beach, at the Sandpiper. They had all the great disco records before everybody else.”

    Karen Erickson, a founder of Erickson Beamon “I moved to New York in ’79 and I went to Studio 54 all the time. There was Andy Warhol and Halston and Disco Sally and Rollerina, and there was no difference between who was famous and who was not famous. If you were there, you thought you were famous. Everybody would be sitting and drinking and having a good time, and when ‘Last Dance’ came on, you’d run to the floor. To this day I hear that song and I want to start spinning around.”

    Howard Rosenman, movie producer: “There was one night at the Saint. Do you know that club? It was a planetarium on Second Avenue in the East Village and at around 3 o’clock in the morning, suddenly from the stars, out came this woman. And it was Donna Summer. She sang one of her songs and the dancers went totally insane. People were tripping out of their minds and there she was. I can’t remember the song. Maybe it was ‘Dim all the Lights.’ Or else it was ‘Bad Girls.’”

    Terry Sherman, a Saint DJ: “Donna Summer did not perform at the Saint. She wanted too much money.”

    Diane von Furstenberg “ ‘Last Dance’ was the song of that era, and of course it actually was the last dance. It was a moment of freedom that was never to be repeated again because there was no AIDS, and that makes all the difference.”

    Interviews have been edited and condensed.

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    Monday, June 27, 2011

    BetteBack: Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler host MTV’s first annual video awards show

    THE CAPITAL TIMES,
    MTV to broadcast video music awards show
    Friday, Sept. 14,1984

    Rock videos will be honored during the live telecast tonight of the “First Annual MTV Video Music Awards.” The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. on cable MTV and will feature live performances by musical groups as well as spotlighting the. year in video music, special effects and the making of rock videos.

    Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd will host the MtV event.

    Major categories and nominees are:

    Best Video: “You Might Think” (the Cars); “Rockit” (Herbie Hancock); “Thriller” (Michael Jackson); “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (CyndiLauper); “Every Breath You Take” (the Police).

    Male Video: David Bowie; Herbie Hancock; Michael Jackson; Billy Joel; Lionel Richie.

    Female Video: Pat Benatar; Cyndi Lauper; Bette Midler; Donna Summer.

    Group Video: Huey Lewis and the News; the Police; Van Halen; ZZ Top.

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