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Monday, December 31, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler & The Harlettes Singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ From 1999

Bette Midler And The Harlette Singing ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ From The Divine Miss Millennium Tour December 31, 1999

Bette Midler and the Harlettes sing Auld Lang Syne
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart – Returning home to start a business in Rochester: a Broadway star, Olympians and a model

Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart
By Mary Chao
Nov. 2, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Nicolette Hart

Nicolette Hart returned to Rochester to open her voice and acting studio. (Photo: One Sharp Joe (onesharpjoe.com))

It all started in kindergarten when a teacher sent a note home to Michelle Lipman’s parents expressing concern about her shyness. Her mother’s guilt sank in, so she was enrolled in all types of classes that would force interaction with other children, including voice and acting.  

“This was the beginning of what would become my passion, my love, my life and career path,” says Lipman, who now goes by Nicolette Hart.

After intensive training for a bachelor in fine arts degree in musical theater at the University at Buffalo and making it on Broadway in productions such as Legally Blonde, Hart is back in her hometown of Penfield, married to a boy she knew in her youth with a business in Rochester training young actors and actresses. She is among many area entrepreneurs who decided to return home after national and international fame, choosing to grow a business in the Rochester region. Read More

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Melanie Taylor – Love Me Still

Produced by:  Keri Larson & Tony Guerrero www.theblackandwhitesessions.com

Vocal: Melanie Taylor

Piano: Tony Guerrero

Written by: Bruce Hornsby & Chaka Kahn

Melanie Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. Her career spans many decades and her list of credits is extensive. She was a legendary Harlette for Bette Midler for almost 10 years and was the 1st female vocalist to tour with the band Aerosmith in 2012. She has recently been touring with Barry Manilow and has worked with artists such as Barbra Streisand, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Chaka Kahn to name a few. Melanie has worked in TV, Film, and Commercials including jingles for Mattel and Toyota, as well as appearances on Oprah, Parenthood, The Oscars, AMA’s, and The Voice, and more. She had a top 5 single on the Billboard dance charts with the capitol records duo, Bardeux. 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

Vocals: Paulette McWilliams
Piano: Tony Guerrero

Written By: Janis Ian

Socials and such:
Facebook: Paulette McWilliams
Instagram: @plettymac
Twitter: @Mspaulette

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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Friday, February 23, 2018

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, May 14, 2016

BetteBack October 14, 1995: CBS Keen On ‘The Harlettes’ TV Series

Mister D: Taylor Dane was to have been the star.

Indiana Gazette
October 14, 1995


CBS And Bette Midler thought they were sitting firmly on plans for a new TV series, “The Harlettes,” but the trades were too slick for them, and the news slipped out.

What didn’t slip out is just how “The Harlettes” came about. CBS titan Les Moonves closed the door of his office and refused to allow Bette and Lisa Amsterdam out until a deal was nailed down. (Amsterdam is a writer-actress with Castle Rock Productions.)

She’ll mastermind the series, all about the adventures of a grand diva’s three backup singers.

Moonves made a significant commitment to the idea -13 weeks guaranteed, a rarity in these if-it’s-not-a-hit-immediately-cancel-it days.

But, hey, he has Bette Midler agreeing to appear now and then, playing the diva and keeping the Harlettes on their toes.

This seems like a great idea whose time has come. We Ve never been able to resist the Harlettes — or even the mere thought of these rowdy singing slaves to a giant ego.

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