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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Did You Know Bette Midler Contributed Lyrics To Dr. John’s Classic Hit “Right Place, Wrong Time”? (Video Included) – One Of My All Time Favorite Songs!

Offbear Magazine
300 Songs For 300 Years: Keyboardists
MAY 9, 2018by: BRETT MILANO

Jerry Wexler, Bette Midler, and Dr John

“Right Place, Wrong Time”
Dr. John, 1973

This track was a high-water mark for New Orleans music in the ’70s, putting Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and the Meters into the Top Ten at once (the single peaked at number nine). Unlike all other Dr. John albums, the two he made with Toussaint (In the Right Place and Desitively Bonnaroo) were full collaborations that featured Rebennack mainly just as writer and singer; the funky electric piano on this song was Toussaint and the Meters provided the groove (the guitar solo was a New York session guy, David Spinozza). The Doctor had some high-profile help with the lyrics pf this song: According to his autobiography, Bob Dylan came up with “I was on the right trip, but it must have been the wrong car”; Bette Midler followed with “My head was in a bad place, I don’t know what it’s there for”; Texas legend Doug Sahm kicked some words in as well. The daring-for-the-charts line about “the right vein, must have been the wrong arm” was apparently Rebennack’s own. He also claimed that the line about “needing a little brain salad surgery” (yes, the line Emerson, Lake & Palmer borrowed for an album title) was Ninth Ward neighborhood slang for oral sex, but it’s hard to imagine anybody else dreaming that one up. Read More

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BetteBack December 16, 1973: Danger Sign to the Divine Miss M?

Pacific Stars And Stripes
December 16, 1973

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The first time I heard Bette Midler on record I didn’t really care for her. She sounded a bit pretentious, a trifle overbaked and more than a little false. But then I saw her one night on Johnny Carson‘s show and it changed my whole opinion of her.

On that show, she wore a wonderfully tacky outfit, went through some horrendous choreography and sang “Chattanooga Choo Choo” with such enthusiasm that no one would be heartless enough to tell her the whole act was 30 years out of date. Read More

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Twenty Feet From Stardom

Arizona Star
Back-up singers master art of standing out, blending in
BACK-UP SINGERS TAKE SPOTLIGHT IN DOCUMENTARY
July 4, 2013

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If nothing else, the vocal talent showcased in “20 Feet From Stardom,” a documentary about back-up singers, affords the viewer/listener with a 90-minute Auto-Tune-free zone. For fans of the musical instrument that is the unaltered human voice, it’s a rare treat.

But it’s not just that. The film is also an engaging look at the nexus of art and commerce, talent and hard work. It’s a story of standing out and blending in, sometimes at the same time. Read More

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Midler’s Next Album A Tribute To Girl Groups? Sounds Perfect

Showbiz411
Bette Midler Plans Girl Group Album After Conquering Broadway
April 26, 2013

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Exclusive: Now that Bette Midler has conquered Broadway– and without singing a note– there are plans afoot to revive her recording career. Midler has had tons of hits over the last 40 years including “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Do You Wanna Dance?” But she’s been absent from the charts for far too long. I’m told that there’s a plan afoot for The Divine Miss M to be resurrected with an album tribute to girl groups like the Crystals, the Chiffons and Motown acts like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes. The plan also includes possibly recording some Phil Spector-like Christmas songs with notable back up singers and stars like Darlene Love and others from the current documentary “Twenty Five Feet from Stardom.” Back in the days of Midler’s early recordings, she often had people like Cissy Houston backing her up on girl songs such as “Uptown” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” It’s a great idea, and I hope it comes to pass once Midler has finished up “I’ll Eat You Last” and accepted–no doubt– many awards. Read More

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Friday, March 22, 2013

“Phil Spector” Movie: “…you’ll spend the entire movie wishing Midler had been able to do it.”

Washington Post
HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’: A courtroom sketch with too much gray
By Hank Stuever
Updated: Friday, March 22, 7:00 PM

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At the beginning of David Mamet’s film “Phil Spector” (premiering on HBO Sunday night), some boilerplate text cautions viewers against watching it too literally. That means you’re supposed to put away the smartphone and stop with the Wikipedia fact-checks you usually perform while watching anything based on a true story.

Though it is obviously based on the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at the legendary record producer’s home in 2003 — he was convicted of second-degree murder six years later and is serving a prison sentence — “Phil Spector” detaches itself from movie-of-the-week terrritory so that it may more artfully drift into something more imaginative. Read More

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Helen Mirren: “Bette Midler would have been absolutely brilliant in the role…” (Phil Spector)

Vancouver Sun
Phil Spector
film ‘an amalgam of fiction, imagination and reality’
Helen Mirren calls HBO movie on reviled music producer a ‘mythology’
By Alex Strachan, Postmedia News
March 19, 2013

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“I got a guy, sure looks guilty,” a high-powered, widely connected attorney to the music industry says at the beginning of David Mamet’s eccentric, twisty, HBO film Phil Spector. “He’s a creep. They’re going to convict him, and I just don’t like him.” Read More

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Phil Spector: TV Review

Mister D: As most of you know Bette Midler was originally to star in this movie with Al Pacino, but because of a back injury she had to back out and was replaced by Helen Mirren. Therefore there is some interest in this movie due to Bette’s connection. She worked on set for a couple of weeks before the accident. Thankfully, all is well now.

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Hollywood Reporter
Al Pacino overcomes both the wigs and the cliches as the fallen record producer in David Mamet’s biopic for HBO.
3/13/2013 by Tim Goodman Read More

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Full Length Trailer: Phil Spector

Mister D: Again…this is the movie Bette had to back out of due to a neck/back injury. Helen Mirren took her place. It will be fun for me, at least, to imagine how Bette would have tackled the part….

Yes, he wears the afro wig.

Al Pacino goes full Phil Spector in the trailer, below, for the biopic of the infamous record producer written and directed by David Mamet for HBO. “Phil Spector” is centered around Spector’s trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson, with Helen Mirren playing his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden. (Bette Midler was originally cast in the role, but had to drop out due to a neck injury.) Read More

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Sundance Review: ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’

HitFix
Review: Spectacular ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ showcases music’s unheralded voices
A superb doc that not only educates, but completely entertains
By Gregory Ellwood
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 5:28 AM

PARK CITY – They are the voices in the chorus. That extra kick that turns a solid song into a massive hit. They are the background singers who transformed the music industry in the ’60s and ’70s often to the detriment of their own solo careers. Finally, these legendary artists step into the spotlight in Morgan Neville’s entertaining and enlightening documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night. Read More

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Debuts At Sundance Jan. 17

Salt Lake Tribune
Darlene Love & director talk about Sundance doc ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ that features back-up singers
By DAVID BURGER
January 12, 2012 

Legendary A&M Records exec Gil Friesen told filmmaker Morgan Neville where he received his idea for the film “Twenty Feet From Stardom.”

Friesen, with his wife, was in the audience of a Leonard Cohen performance several years ago. When the show began, Friesen smoked a joint, and then found himself musing about Cohen’s talented back-up singers — who they were and what their lives were like. Read More

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