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Monday, October 15, 2018

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces 2018 New York Fall Gala – Bette Midler Is An Event Chair

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces 2018 New York Fall Gala – Bette Midler Is An Event Chair
Oct 12, 2018

Bette Midler and Elton John

Elton John AIDS Foundation

On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

At this year’s gala, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will honor Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with EJAF’s Enduring Vision Award. Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host the event. Read More

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

New Artist Bright Light Bright Light Album Cover Inspired By Bette Midler’s Outfit In Big Business

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Bright Light Bright Light on ‘Tough Love,’ His Friendship With Elton John, and Scoring ‘Queers’
BY DAVID OPIE 26 SEP 2018

New Artist Bright Light Bright Light Album Cover Inspired By Bette Midler’s Outfit In Big Business

Ever since Rod Thomas first stepped away from his sleepy Welsh hometown and released his debut single in 2010, Bright Light Bright Light has won over fans and critics alike with his unique brand of shiny electropop. Since then, the independent singer/songwriter has toured with his friends Elton John and the Scissor Sisters, as well as starting his own dance party in New York called Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance.

INTO spoke with Bright Light Bright Light about his new EP, Tough Love, the influence cinema has on his music and what it’s like to be labeled as a “gay artist.” Along the way, we also discussed Deadpool 3RuPaul’s Drag Race, and his undying adoration for actress Catherine O’Hara. Read More

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bette Midler, Along With A Host Of Others, Will Chair Elton John’s Annual New York Fall Gala


Elton John AIDS Foundation
Elton John AIDS Foundation to Honor Darren Walker, Patricia Hearst, and Joe McMillan at its 2018 New York Fall Gala
PR Newswire
September 12, 2018

Bette Midler, Along With A Host Of Others, Will Chair Elton John's Annual New York Fall Gala
Bette Midler & Elton John

SOURCE Elton John AIDS Foundation

Featuring a Special Performance by 9-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Sheryl Crow

Journalist and CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Gayle King Will Host the Event

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at Cipriani 42ndStreet in New York City.  At this year’s gala, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will honor Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with EJAF’s Enduring Vision Award.  Nine-time Grammy Award Winning singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host the event.    Read More

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Gay icons like to dress up’: Bob Mackie on Cher, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, and dressing Elton John

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‘Gay icons like to dress up’: Bob Mackie on Cher, Tina Turner and dressing Elton John
By Hannah Marriott
August 20, 2018

Bette Midler, Elton John, Cher, Bob Mackie, and Flip Wilson

You could dine out for a lifetime on Bob Mackie’s stories. After 60 years of designing sequin-encrusted stage costumes for Cher, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross, to name a few, the 79-year-old has anecdotes to spare. He sprinkles them into the conversation like glitter.

He once dressed Elton John as Donald Duck, complete with tail and webbed feet, making it very difficult for the Rocket Man to play the piano. He worked with Tina Turner during her post-Ike transformation, when “she wanted to look like a sexy cave woman”. Barbra Streisand, he says, “was always questioning everything. ‘Does this really look good? Can we try on three or four, then decide?’ With that kind of sensibility, you work harder, believe me.” Read More

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Flashback Medley – The Cher Special 1975 – Bette Midler, Cher, Elton John, and Flip Wilson #bettemidler #cher #eltonjohn #flipwilson #motownmedley

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Hot 100 Turns 60! The Top 60 Songs That Never Reached No. 1: Which Bette Midler Song Was It?

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Hot 100 Turns 60! The Top 60 Songs That Never Reached No. 1
by Xander Zellner
August 02, 2018, 2:33pm EDT

Bette Midler

As we celebrate the Billboard Hot 100‘s 60th anniversary, Billboard looks at the silver medalists, the runners-up, and third-, fourth-, fifth- or, in one case, sixth-place finishers, i.e., the hits that didn’t reach No. 1 on the weekly ranking, but were huge hits nonetheless.

LeAnn Rimes‘ “How Do I Live” ranks at No. 1 on the list below, as the smash ballad peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1997-98. It had the unfortunate timing of being blocked by Elton John’s biggest hit, “Candle in the Wind”/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1. Still, “Live” logged 32 weeks in the top 10 and 69 total weeks on the chart, both records at the time. Its sustainability on the chart helped it land at No. 5 on the recap of the Hot 100’s top 600 songs of all time, marking one of only two non-No. 1s in the top 50.

      

Also notable on the list below is Foreigner’s 1981 single “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” The song spent 10 weeks at No. 2, without ever reaching No. 1, barricaded by Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” and Daryl Hall and John Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” In 2002-03, Missy Elliott’s “Work It” tied “Waiting” for the most weeks at No. 2 for a song that has peaked at that position. Read More

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood

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28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood
Desiree O, Brit + Co
Jul. 27, 2018, 4:46 PM Read More

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Bette Midler, Elton John, and Cher on the premiere of The Cher Show circa 1975, One of the best specials ever.

Bette Midler, Elton John, and Cher on the premiere of The Cher Show circa 1975, One of the best specials ever.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time

Mister D: Honestly, if we are being fair, “The Rose” should have made this list, too. But good job Brinkwire!

Brinkwire
35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time
June 19, 2018 by Brinkwire

Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Dyed Hair, Beaches

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”)
The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in 1984, in no small part thanks to Loggins’ now-iconic song. It’s impossible not to dance when you hear it, which is probably why the song topped the charts for three weeks in a row on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming such a massive hit that Loggins himself was blown away by its success.

In 2014, he revealed in an interview, “It became the biggest movie of the summer. We didn’t see it coming. But I remember going to the premiere and watching the opening scene of the movie, … using “Footloose” (the song) over the dancing feet. My wife turns to me and goes, ‘This is gonna be huge.’” Audiences furiously kicked off their Sunday shoes in agreement, of course.

“Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (“Batman Forever”)
Seal originally released the song in 1994, but it hit icon status when it was featured on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack a year later, earning the singer three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

It might feel like an unlikely song for a superhero movie, but that’s what makes it work so perfectly. “Kiss From a Rose” is no doubt Seal’s biggest hit, cementing Val Kilmer’s Batman as one of the most memorable of all.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (“The Bodyguard”)
Houston was already a bona fide music legend by the time she made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller, but the song rapidly became one of her most remarkable hits, thanks to those searing high notes and her flawless delivery.

It’s often forgotten that the ballad is actually a cover of a Dolly Parton song, and it made music history as the only country song to reach No. 1 in three separate decades. It topped the charts around the globe upon its release and did the same within hours of Houston’s death in 2012.

“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, and Missy Elliott (“Moulin Rouge!”)
With its suggestive chorus and a medley of high notes from the biggest pop stars of the early aughts, “Lady Marmalade” had new life breathed into it when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink, and Elliott covered it for Baz Luhrmann’s whimsical romantic musical in 2001.

Few likely expected it to become such an iconic soundtrack song, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a karaoke bar or wedding reception where the song isn’t playing. It’s fun, it’s campy, and it brought together a group of powerhouse pop stars in a way that happens all too rarely, topping the Billboard charts for nine consecutive weeks, the only all-female collaboration to do so.

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2”)
If you have kids, know kids, or have ever met a kid, you’ve definitely sung along to “Happy,” which was first featured on Williams’ album “Girl” before becoming a massive global hit thanks to a feature spot on the animated film’s soundtrack.

“Happy” became the biggest-selling song of 2014, and even years later, it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing the infectious anthem. So when you do, be sure to “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” … we’re not entirely sure what it all means, but we’re, ahem, to comply.

“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees (“Saturday Night Fever”)
It takes a rare film and song to define an entire era, but “Stayin’ Alive,” which served as the iconic opening scene to the 1977 coming of age tale starring John Travolta did just that, becoming one of the most classic disco songs of all time.

The film’s soundtrack featured a slew of hits by the group of brothers and other disco acts, but “Stayin’ Alive” is the one that inspired a generation to strut down the street in their best disco duds.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Good Songs That Will Make You Instantly Weep

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Hoffman Files
Songs that will make you instantly weep
By Rob Hoffman on May 3, 2018 at 5:24 AM

Bette Midler, Sad Songs, The Rose

If you’re a man of a certain age, (Let’s call that age 53 and 3/4) then there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re a fan of the movie This is Spinal Tap.  The film directed by Rob Reiner, his very first movie, is the story of a fictionalized band by the name of Spinal Tap, and it chronicles its rise, fall, deeper fall, and sort of rise back to the middle.  The movie is shot in documentarian style, and it began the genre’ often copied by one of the film’s writers and performers, Christopher Guest, known as the “Mockumentary.”

Many adult males who currently populate the United States, are walking around now as we speak, with a host of lines from this rather clever and often hilarious movie swimming around in their brains.  Some of these lines are so famous, that anyone who has seen This is Spinal Tap even once would instantaneously recognize them.

  • “This one goes to eleven.”
  • “He choked on vomit, it was somebody elses vomit, you can’t dust for vomit.”
  • “This one’s called “Lick My Love Pump.”
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