Tag Archives: harlettes

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Melissa Manchester Talks Bette Midler In Recent Interview With Richmond Magazine

Richmond Magazine
Q&A: Melissa Manchester
The award-winning singer-songwriter performs at Richmond’s Tin Pan Aug. 4
by Don Harrison July 31, 2018 11:23 AM

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RM: You caught your big break with Bette Midler. How’d that happen?

Manchester: Well, I met Barry Manilow, we were both jingle singers, and he became Bette’s new music director and he introduced me to her. I was one of the original members of what came to be known as the Harlettes. It was a fantastic experience. She’s a brilliant woman. At that time, she was cutting-edge, and she’s always had her own vision — she’s just a unique person with a unique sense of herself. It was remarkable each night to watch her take the audience to another place. Read More

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Featuring The Harlettes: The Black & White Sessions : Paulette McWilliams : “At Seventeen” (June 18, 2018)

Mister D: I thought I’d start featuring the Harlettes Bette Midler has gainfully employed over the decades. You know they had to be super-talented and well-rounded to work with the hard driving Miss M. I’ve featured some in the past, but I keep running into their projects and I’d like to pay some respect when I can. So we’ll start out with Ms. Paulette McWilliams who worked with Ms. Midler in 1979-1980. Ms. Williams does an awesome job on one of my favorite songs, At Seventeen, written by the incredible Janis Ian (Some People’s Lives) Read More

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bette Midler – Lullaby Of Broadway – The Bette Midler Show – 1976 #BetteMidler #LullabyOfBroadway #LiveAtLast #TheHarlettes

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Former Harlette, Ula Hedwig, Has A Track On The New Album ‘Celebrate’ By Win Marcinak

Unlike the blues, dance music has long been the province of gay men, as both performers and fans. On Celebrate (Burning Tyger), Win Marcinak blends covers (Three Dog Night’s “Celebrate,” Sylvester’s “Disco Heat/Mighty Real,” Kajagoogoo’s “Too Shy,” and Aretha’s “Rock Steady”) with originals. Ulla Hedwig, one of Bette Midler’s original Harlettes, sings with Marcinak on “We Are What We Are.”

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Legendary Harlette, Charlo Crossley To Be Interviewed Tonight By Chris Michael Ward! Call In To Ask Questions! On Blog Talk Radio!

Spend a interesting evening with my guest Charlo Crossley as she shares her blessed life as an actress, producer, singer and minister and much more as she continued to push through and fulfilling her dreams in life. Please share this Friday with me and my Cohosts Chris and Marc by calling 347 945 6003 at 7:30pm EST and hit the number 1 key if you have a question or comment.

Do you have a question for former Harlette & Friend of Bootlegbetty, Charlo Crossley?! Now’s your chance. Charlo will be interviewed night by Chris Michael Ward Read More

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Bette Midler and the Harlettes at the Palace 1972-3

Bette Midler and the Harlettes at the Palace 1972-3

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

BetteBack May 14, 1975: ‘Clams’ Does Nothing But Entertain

Lawton Constitiution
May 14, 1975

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“Clams on the Half Shell,” Minskoff Theatre — The Divine Miss M (Bette Midler) in her new self-styped “taste-free” revue does nothing but ENTERTAIN. The show opens with a very well executed overture consisting of a medley from “Oklahoma!” An all-black chorus sings “Old Man River” while pulling in fish nets which dredge up a huge clam shell in which Miss M. is ensconced.

Hence the revue’s name.

FROM THAT moment on, she is in complete control — singing, dancing, chatting with the audience and telling jokes. (“McDonald’s is featuring a new Hearstburger — no Patty.” or “I know what a bisexual is, but what’s a bicentennial?” Read More

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

BetteBack June 12, 1999: Bette Midler To Appear in Jenifer Lewis’ ‘Jackie’s Back’

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BetteBack December 23, 1973: Bette Midler makes for good all around listening

Hattiesburg American
December 23, 1973

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Bette Midler‘s flexible and interestingly toned voice would alone have been sufficient to propel her to popularity, but the “divine Miss M” reaches the masses with another device — the use of tasteful music that has an appeal to all, regardless of which side the generation gap you may falL Her music is not new or in any way innovative.

Rather, it seeks to entertain with its own unique character, a slightly tongue-in-cheek aura of nostalgia for the glamour of the female singing stars of the 40’s and the 50’s. Read More

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Monday, February 6, 2017

BetteBack October 10, 1999: Boston Divine Miss Millennium Tour

Lowell Sun
October 10, 1999

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Bette Midler, Divine Miss Millennium, Boston

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