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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, May 29, 2017

BetteBack November 27, 1974: Bette Midler Attends American Indian Development Association Gala

Waterloo Courier
November 27, 1974

Bette Midler with Arlo Guthrie

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NEW YORK (AP ) .— Marlon Brando said he thought there was “something obscene” in getting all dressed up to talk about a suffering people “but how else are we going to raise money and call attention to the Indian cause?”

And so, dressed in a blue velvet jacket, red turtle neck with a turquoise necklace, Brando was host to a gathering of 300 guests who paid up to $250 to aid the American Indian Development Association.

It was called the. First. Americans Gala held at the Waldorf Astoria where Indian chiefs in magnificent headdresses mingled with Celebrities like guest of honor Ethel Kennedy, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Smith, pop singer Bette Midler, artist Larry Rivers, writer George Plimpton and talk show host Dick Cavett, who said he was an adopted Crow and an adopted Sioux. Read More

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bette Midler On Her Music:

Bette Midler On Her Music: “I never intended to concentrate on oldies. In fact, I don’t. I sing contemporary numbers as well. But everyone has seized on the way I sing oldies, so I guess that’s my strength.” (Times-Picayune, November 6, 1977)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BetteBack December 16, 1973: Bette Midler Hits The Top Ten Singles Chart Again

Hattiesburg American
December 16, 1973

SINGLES

1. TOP OF THE WORLD, Carpenters ( 2 )

2. JUST FOR YOU AND ME, Chicago (4)

f SPACE RACE, Billy Preston (1)

4. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL, Charlie Rich (13)

5. PHOTOGRAPH, RingO Starr (3)

6. THE LOVE I LOST, Harold Melvin, & the Blue Notes (10)

7. KEEP ON TRUCKIN’, Eddie Kendricks‘(5)

8. FRIENDS, Bette Midler (9)

9. LEAVE ME ALONE, Helen Reddv, (14)

10. GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, Elton John (8)

Flashback Medley – Cher Special 1975 – Bette Midler, Cher, Elton John and Flip Wilson | BootLeg Betty Read More

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Monday, February 6, 2017

BetteBack December 14, 1973: Bette Midler Comes Down To Earth On Second Album

Wheeling Herald
December 14, 1973

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“Bette Midler” (Atlantic records). The Divine Miss M has come down to earth on this her second album. I found the first side mostly dull as she does slow versions of “Skylark,” “Drinking Again” and ” Surabaya Johnny.” The way she does Bob Dylan’s” I Shall Be Released” seemed in bad taste.

With fairly good versions of”Lullaby of Broadway” and “Uptown/Da Doo Run Run,” side two is better, but still not equal to the quality of her first album, “The Divine Miss M.” Miss Midler tends to be a bit too theatrical at times and many of those unfortunate moments can be found in this album. Read More

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bette Midler On Her Ticket Prices:

Bette Midler On Her Ticket Prices: “I haven’t had many complaints about my ticket prices. We’re not in the Rolling Stones range. I think the people who want to see the show will find their way there.” (Toledo Blade, Oct 8, 1999)

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Bette Midler On The Harlettes:

Bette Midler On The Harlettes: “These girls are FILTHY! Simply filthy. They come here directly from Disney land where they were a ride.” (1973)

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

BetteBack Sept. 21, 1998: Bathhouse Betty Review

Time
Sept. 21, 1998

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It’s not fair that the Diva Divine makes albums only as vacations from movies and motherhood, for her genius is as a singer-entertainer. Midler‘s vocal voltage and pristine song salesmanship are on display here in tunes by Leonard Cohen, Chuckii Booker, Carole King, Ben Folds–lots of fine folk. Her voice can ache with hard-won wisdom (on the first single, My One True Friend) or smile with the sweet clarity of her Honolulu youth (Gus Kahn‘s 1925 Ukulele Lady). Songs like Laughing Matters, I’m Beautiful and I’m Hip give the album the sassy intimacy of a pep talk from an old friend. But Midler is not aging; those pipes are still brass-bold and silk-smooth. At 52, Bette’s still best. Read More

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number: Sia & Other Artists Who Topped the Hot 100 After 40

BillBoard
Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number: Sia & Other Artists Who Topped the Hot 100 After 40
7/28/2016 by Trevor Anderson

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As Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” becomes her firstBillboard Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, the singer-songwriter also completes the rare feat of topping the chart after her 40th birthday. Just how unusual is the achievement?  Sia is…

— The first act to claim their first No. 1 after age 40 since Wanz, at 50, leapt to No. 1 as a featured act on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which ruled for six weeks in 2013. Read More

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BetteBack: Troy Concert Review ~ March 3, 1973 ~ Part Two

Bennington Banner
MEDIA MASSAGE
BY BEVERLY RYAN
March 3, 1973

Bette’s reappearance was almost worth the wait. She wore a slinky silver vamp dress, so tight that her steps minced as she ran from mike to piano, and an oversized rose that kept falling to the floor as she hook her shoulders. From far back where we sat, she was beautiful; maybe that’s the way she wants it — a “Delta Dawn” in he flesh.

The second half was more attuned to the audience. The pace was faster, with upempo old rock songs that threatened to run away from the whole band. It is hard to re-create an oldie for a crowd that loves oldies; the original is so rooted in our psyches that any imitation seems cheap. Read More

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