Day Of The Child Benefit (1980)

The Day of the Child Benefit for the Children of Cambodia
June 1, 1980 at Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York

 

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NEW YORK (UPI) – “The Divine Miss M” did her gig Sunday in New York for the sake of starving Cambodian children. Bette Midler sang ‘The Rose” and “Friends,” and ran her boyfriend Ernie — “the 94-year-old wonder” — over the usual comedic coals at the Beacon theater for “Day of the Child” festivities.

She was backed only by a piano player and two singers — collectively known as “The Musicians Took a Powder on Us.”

Organizer Allen Rafalson says the concert raised about $8,000.