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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fans React After Bette Midler Rejoices Over Death of Joe Jackson

Mister D: I’ll be honest and say I’m flummoxed as to what to say here. I could never say something about the dead like this. I have never had anything that made me hate someone even if they did something heinous to me. I always think somebody raised them and taught them that these bad behaviors were somehow some strength. And I must say that I have been in some unspeakable positions where I just wanted to die, but I never could hate. But I’m more of the exception to the rule. So I feel I’m the odd man out. Now with Bette, compared to the familiar public, she probably knew more about the situation and what went on. She traveled somewhat in the same circles as Michael and Janet, and of course, with Quincy Jones. I don’t know if most people know this, but Bette was one, if not the first one, to be called about the We Are The World project (why no solo spot, Quincy?) plus he helped out with getting the sound right for her Vegas gig. She mentioned Quincy in her tweet, so that tells me they know more than what the general public knows. Does that make her right or wrong for calling it out? I think it’s a personal choice. She seemed to want to make a statement, and she very well did, and it looks like she’s not backing down. And I’ve always admired that quality in people. Well, some people. I think I’m more of a case by case kind of guy. And yes, I have taken the side of a Republican or two. I’m fair. Atlanta Black Star Fans React After Bette Midler Rejoices Over Death of Joe Jackson By Kiersten Willis -July 2, 2018, Joe Jackson, Bette Midler Singer Bette Midler tweet in celebration of Joe Jackson’s death is drawing different reactions among Twitter users. The “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer tweeted Saturday, June 30 that the Jackson family patriarch was “a monster who ate his own children.” “#JoeJackson is d-e-a-d- and Hallelujah!! A monster who ate his own children; like in an old Grecian myth. I hated every minute he lived. All times are strange but this is really beyond the pale. Would Quincy Jones like to weigh in?? Always interested!!!”

Bette Midler ? @BetteMidler #JoeJackson is d-e-a-d- and Hallelujah!! A monster who ate his own children; like in an old Grecian myth. I hated every minute he lived. All times are strange but this is really beyond the pale. Would Quincy Jones like to weigh in?? Always interested!!! 11:17 PM – Jun 29, 2018 4,525 1,590 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy ...  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) Produced by: Keri Larson & Tony Guerrero www.theblackandwhitesessions.com Vocals: Paulette McWilliams Piano: Tony Guerrero Written By: Janis Ian Socials and such: Facebook: Paulette McWilliams Instagram: @plettymac Twitter: @Mspaulette www.paulettemcwilliams.com There is no one with a bio as lengthy or extensive in this series as Paulette McWilliams. Please visit her website for the full listing, but here are a few highlights. Paulette worked with Luther Vandross for 20+ years on multiple tours and albums. She introduced Chaka Khan to Rufus and they sang together in the band in the early years. She was a backing vocalist on “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” for Michael Jackson and worked extensively with Quincy Jones on various albums and tours. Paulette sang all of Tammi Terrell’s duets with Marvin Gaye during his last tour and was a Harlette for Bette Midler. The list continues with multiple commercials and Tv Themes as well as countless solo ventures in the international Jazz Festival circuit.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

TODAY IN HISTORY: “We Are The World” single was recorded

TODAY IN HISTORY: “We Are The World” single was recorded, a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide. It brought in more than 40 artists to record it…Bette was one of them! How many of you bought the single? Are you fans of the song? Here’s a pic of Bette and Bob Dylan during the making of the recording. Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

BetteBack February 21, 1991: From A Distance Wins Song Of The Year At The Grammys

Syracuse Herald Journal February 21, 1991 hqdefault NEW YORK – Topping a slate of music legends and sentimental favorites honored Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall, Quincy Jones and his album “Back on the Block” look eight Grammys, including best album. “From a Distance,” a timely plea for peace sung by Bette Midler, was named Song of the Year, the first Grammy for songwriter Julie Gold. Mariah Carey, nominated in five top categories, won Best New Artist and Pop Vocal Female for “Vision of Love.” Rapper M.C. Hammer took home awards for best rap solo performance and Best R&B Song, both for “U Can’t Touch This,” as well as long video. JONES SPENT most of the past two decades producing albums for other artists. But Wednesday night, songs from Jones’ comeback album, “Back on the Block” snagged awards in rap performance, jazz fusion and instrumental arrangement, among others. “When you make a record you have to dig down deep inside you to make something you would like to hear yourself,” Jones said “The music reflects a path I’ve been on for a long time.” Jones added he hopes he never gets jaded by winning. “I’ve won 25 Grammys but I’ve lost 51 times, and I know what it’s like to lose seven times in a night.” Phil Collins came within a hair of knowing that feeling. Nominated in eight categories, Collins faced a shutout until “Another Day in Paradise” won Record of the Year, the night’s final category. A relieved Collins joked: “If I had lost eight Grammys. my mother would have killed me.” LUTHER VANDROSS tucked away his first Grammy, for Best Male R&B Performance on “Here and Now.” Best Male Pop Vocal went to the late Roy Orbison for “Oh Pretty Woman.” His wife accepted the award, reminding the crowd that Orbison’s first Grammy exposure was as a nominee in 1964 — for “Oh Pretty Woman.” Eric Clapton’s “Bad Love” was named Best Male Rock Performance. In a surprise, Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet” took best rock female. Harry Connick, Jr.‘s smooth piano jazz stylmgs earned him top honors for Male Jazz Vocal. Sinead O’Connor sold 2 million albums and snubbed the show for its commercial bent, yet took her first Grammy as Best Alternative Music Performer for her album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.” JIMMY VAUGHAN’S awards for best rock instrumental and contemporary blues recording were both bittersweet accolades. Vaughan accepted both in memory •of his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this year. Other sentimental honors: best gospel choir album, awarded to the Rev. James Cleveland, felled by a fatal heart attack two weeks ago; and the late classical composer Leonard Bernstein, a double winner. B.B. King’s “Live at San Quentin” album won best traditional blues recording, an honor he didn’t expect. Said King: “I’m glad my heart is still pumping pretty good.” The collected work of blues pioneer Robert Johnson was awarded best historical performance, while George Burns became the oldest living Grammy winner at 95 with his award for best spoken word recording, “Gracie: A Love Story.” Kathy Mattea won best female country vocal performance for “Where’ve You Been,” which also picked up a writing award for best country song.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BetteBack January 10, 1991: Bette Midler Nabs 3 Grammy Nominations

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

‘You Don’t Own Me’ singer/writer Lesley Gore Dead At 68

Business Insider ‘It’s My Party‘ singer Lesley Gore dead at 68 February 16, 2015 afp-its-my-party-feminist-singer-lesley-gore-dead-at-68-2 New York (AFP) – Lesley Gore, who became a breakthrough teen star with her 1963 hit “It’s My Party” and emerged as an early feminist in pop music, has died at 68. Her death was announced by her longtime partner, jewelry designer Lois Sasson, who said that Gore died from lung cancer at a New York City hospital. Gore, born as Lesley Goldstein, was a middle-class teenager when, as legend has it, one of her recordings from a voice lesson in New York found its way to legendary producer Quincy Jones. Jones was soon visiting her family home in New Jersey and persuaded her to sing “It’s My Party,” which had already been recorded as a minor track by the English jazz singer Helen Shapiro. Built up with studio effects including a doubling of Gore’s voice and backing horns, “It’s My Party” turned the 16-year-old into a pop sensation well before the concept of a teenybopper star was mainstream. The lyrics to the song — “It’s my party / And I’ll cry if I want to / You would cry, too, if it happened to you” — have become quotable for generations of Americans charmed by the song’s tale of a girl stood up by a boyfriend who leaves with “Judy.” Even as the song evoked the dating scene in the conservative post-World War II era, Gore herself was lesbian, although she says that she did not realize her sexual orientation until she was in her 20s. Gore soon afterward scored another hit with “You Don’t Own Me,” in which the teenager demanded of her partner: “Don’t tell me what to do / And don’t tell me what to say / And please, when I go out with you, don’t put me on display.” The song, later covered by Dusty Springfield and by a trio including Bette Midler in the movie “The First Wives Club,” was unusually forthright in an era long before Beyonce and other successful women in music have embraced feminism. In a 2005 interview, Gore said that unlike Hollywood, the music industry has “always been a man’s world.” “It’s always been a patriarchal situation, and it always puts women, not necessarily down, but certainly on a lower rung,” she told AfterEllen, an online publication about lesbian and bisexual women in entertainment. However, she credited Jones as a “great mentor,” saying that he was “a very sensitive man and a beautiful human being.” “He was able to get a great performance out of me because he made me feel comfortable in the studio,” Gore said.   Feminist Singer Lesley Gore Dead at 68 ‘It’s My Party’ singer Lesley Gore dead Partner: Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who hit No. 1 in 1963 with ‘It’s My Party,’ dies at 68 “Lesley Gore, who sang ‘It’s My Party’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ died…”

UPDATE: Lesley Gore, who died today at 68, remembered in 2012 video with Sia and Lena Dunham ...  Read More

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Without Lesley Gore This Famous ‘First Wives Club’ Scene Would Never Have Happened

Hollywood Reporter Wby Lorena O’Neil 2/16/2015 3:12pm PST Without Lesley Gore This Famous ‘First Wives Club‘ Scene Would Never Have Happened first_wives_club Lesley Gore died of cancer Monday. The singer-songwriter had multiple hits under her belt, but “You Don’t Own Me” is one of the songs she will be remembered for most. The lyrics of the powerful feminist anthem proudly declare the singer’s independence: “Don’t tell me what to do / And don’t tell me what to say / And please, when I go out with you / Don’t put me on display, ’cause / You don’t own me, don’t try to change me in any way / You don’t own me, don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay” Younger generations might remember the tune from when Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn sang it together in the iconic final scene of The First Wives Club — it’s hard to imagine the movie without this performance. Here’s a look at the ladies of the FWC singing in all white, with Gore’s original version below.
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