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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BetteBack June 1975: Bette Midler – The New Taste

In The Know
Bette Midler: The New Taste
June 1975
James Spada

The curtain goes up in New York’s Minskoff Theatre, and the anticipatory audience sees a huge fishnet strung hammock like across the stage. Suddenly an equally large clam comes sliding down, settling into the middle of the net. It slowly opens and out pops Bette Midler, wrap­ped in a Dorothy Lamour sarong, to begin her latest act, the “Clams on the Half Shell Revue.”

The opening of Bette Midler’s newest triumphant theatre en­gagement is, unintentionally, more appropriate than camp. She’s been in her own personal shell for nearly 18 months, mak­ing no personal appearances, filming no TV shows, turning down major movie offers and Broadway shows and, most un­settling of all to her fans, not even planning a new album to follow her Golden biggies The Divine Miss M and Bette Midler. Read More

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BetteBack June 30, 1975: People Magazine Interview Regarding “Clams”

People Magazine
Bette Midler Returns In Tacky Triumph
June 30, 1975
By Patricia Burstein

In a blue-and-white smock with red sandals coordinating her Bicentennial look, the star shimmied along New York’s 42nd Street on a recent afternoon. Some of the drifters and drunks recognized and swooped down on her, and she fluttered her fingers in self-­defense. She slunk past a peep show window, then nipped into an alley. A second later her bright red head popped out – the hand clutching the throat is her own, in the classic strangulation bit of vaudeville. “I wouldn’t say I invented tack,” Bette Midler observed, nasally, “but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.” Though meant as a self-effacing remark, it is true. Her virtual one-woman Broadway show this season has been the biggest hit by a solo artist since she herself last brightened the Great White Way in 1973. Read More

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BetteBack April 13, 1975: Bette Midler And Lionel Hamptom – The Very Odd Couple

Sunday News
The Very Odd Couple
April 13, 1975
By Robert Wahls

AT FIRST, they seem an ill-matched combo, Bette Midler, the 32-year-old queen of camp, and Lionel Hampton, 70, for 40 years a great name in jazz, swing, bop, you name it. There they were in the vast, cluttered Act 48 rehearsal hall on W. 48th St.. Their joint package is a revue, which, for want of a better name, opens at the Minskoff tomorrow night as “Clams on the Half Shell.” Hamp, in blue jacket, red vest and white shirt, sits room center, tickling the ivories on a rehearsal grand, parked beside his trademark, the gleaming vibraharp: Bette bursts out of the powder room, blue jeans tucked into knee-high vinyl boots. She swaggers stage center, her smile a combination of Nancy Walker and Mona Lisa. Read More

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BetteBack April 12, 1975: Bette’s Back Big Time

Emporia Gazette
Bette’s Back
By Craig Zadan
April 12, 1975

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THE CRUSH of bridge chairs forms a circle surrounding a large grand piano which is being pounded into a soulful vamp. Thirteen black gospel singers begin bellowing “Gone at Last,” a new Paul Simon song written just for the occasion, and three of the sleasiest-looking girls this side of Eighth Avenue join them in harmony. As the song builds momentum, a red-haired Lilliputian in clashing purple dance tights and brown knee-high boots skitters across the circle segueing the song into a crisp arrangement of “Higher and Higher.” Arms flailing, body gyrating, she hits the top note and the number climaxes. Read More

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BetteBack March 27, 1975: What Did Bette Mean By Her Cher Joke At The Grammy’s?

Charleston Gazette
March 27, 1975

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Q. ”On the recent Grammy Awards, what did Bette Midler mean when she said Cher gave her the dress she was wearing? ”R.R., Paterson, N.J.

A. Bette was making a small joke .. . she said Cher gave her the dress instead of a solo (Higher And Higher) on Cher’s recent special.

BetteBack January 21, 1990: Bette Midler And Cher To Star In ‘Angry Housewives’ (This Would’ve Been A Hit!)

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BetteBack March 25, 1975: Bette Midler Hits The Recording Studio

Arkansas City Traveler
March 25, 1975

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Bette Midler has been recording in New York’s Secret Sound Studios before her Broadway show goes into production this spring. Producing is Mark “Moogy” Klingman with Todd Rundgren lending a hand. Bette has penned a tune of her own called “ Mr.Rockefeller,” and we are told to expect guest appearances (on the album that is) by Laura Nyro and Fred Astaire

Bette Midler-Led Hello, Dolly! Revival Breaks Broadway Sales Records And Makes History! | BootLeg Betty Read More

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

BetteBack March 21, 1975: Is Bette Midler Filming A TV Series?

Charleston Gazette
March 21, 1975

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Q. — I was told that Bette Midler is going to appear on TV as a regular on a show without singing. Is this possible? — P.B., Bridgeport, Conn.

A. It’s possible, but it’s not about to happen. Bette Midler has not been signed to star in a straight non-musical TV series. However.she is a capable actress and would probably do well playing an offbeat character in a TV series. Bette’s current plans do not involve TV … she is readying Broadway revue in which she will star. Read More

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BetteBack April 1, 1975: Review Of Preview Of “Clams On The Half Shell Revue” Before NYC

The Evening Bulletin
April 1, 1975
By Matt Mansker

Broadway ought to be girding for the pearl of its season, for Bette Midler‘s “Clams On The Half Shell Revue” will open there later this month to the certain bedazzlement of La Big Apple. The show, which began a preview run of a week last night at the Erlanger, [in Philadelphia] is a delicious concoction – lavish and brilliantly mounted; rich in atmosphere and antic uplift; here uproarious, there haunting.

The crux of the magic is that “Clams On The Half Shell” places Bette Midler, on the boards again after a year’s layoff, in an ideal theatrical environment, one which beautifully underscores her camp-kitsch aura while drawing out the superb substance of her talents as a singer and comedian. If anything, Miss M is a stronger performer than before, having stylized herself to a point where she radiates a full-blown identity without having to resort to any frantic oversell, although the smooth direction and chorography of Joe Layton must be acknowledged. Read More

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BetteBack March 10, 1975: Why Did Bette Midler Drop Out Of Sight?

Lima News
March 10, 1975

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Q: Didn’t Bette Midler drop out of sight for awhile ? Who got her back to work? — H.P., N.Y., N.Y.

A: Yes, she did drop out because she got scared. She felt her voice had lost its unique quality and she feared she might not get it back to its proper timbre. But her agents finally convinced Bette she had to end her year’s hiatus. So she started with that Cher guest spot on TV. is set to work again on Broadway and do a tour, plus a recent press conference and lots of publicity. Phil Greenwald, the Sol Hurok of the Catskills, is negotiating to bring the Divine Miss M. to the Concord Hotel. Read More

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

July 12, 1979 – First Sneak Preview Of The Rose Held In Portland Oregon

Seattle Daily Times
Wednesday, July 11, 1979

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