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Sunday, July 30, 2017

BetteBack February 13, 1975: Cher comes back – A TV Review

Appleton Post Crescent
February 13, 1975

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Once upon a time there lived a couple named Sonny and Cher.

Their names went together as well as salt and pepper, bacon and eggs or spareribs and sauerkraut.

Sonny and Cher were not your average couple. They did things most couples never do, such as recording hit songs and naming their daughter Chastity. Later, they had a hit television show.

More recently upon a time, Sonny ” and Cher decided “for better or worse” did not mean “till death us do part,” and they decided to divorce. Read More

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Monday, July 17, 2017

BetteBack February 6, 1975: Critics Get A Preview Of The Cher Special

San Mateo Times
February 6, 1975

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There is no question that when Sonny Bono started his “Sonny Comedy Hour” he missed Cher.

The absence of Cher was one of the real reasons for the show failing to make it through the season.

Not only did Sonny’s show lack writing, it lacked comedy.

Next Wednesday night, Cher will try it on her own. This show, a special designed to kick off her new series, came off much better than did Sonny’s solo venture in television.

It was the presence of Cher that made the old “Sonny and Cher Show” a success. The girl can wear clothes like a high fashion model. Read More

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

BetteBack January 19, 1975: What Happened After The Cher Special Taping?

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
January 19, 1975

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When Cher Bono wrapped up taping her first CBS-TV special, she with her steady, David Geffen (and don’t let anyone tell you differently) took off with the likes of none other than her first show guests, Elton John (In kilts and ruffles and of course, with his famous white framed glasses), Bette Midler in drab, and Richard Chamberlain along with a party of “intimates” and entourage to such a port of entertainment as Studio One in West Hollywood. They all danced together and then caught impressionist Lynn Carter
on stage in the Back Lot. What made it amazing was that many of the people crowding the big place didn’t recognize the stars. The put down was when a few did, they were rather sneered at by the Divine Miss M (whom they all apparently adored) and ignored by EJ (Mr. Music Super Star). Happily most were charmed by Chamberlain’s shyness and won over by Cher’s smiles and David’s congeniality. Read More

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

BetteBack Sept. 21, 1998: Bathhouse Betty Review

Time
Sept. 21, 1998

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It’s not fair that the Diva Divine makes albums only as vacations from movies and motherhood, for her genius is as a singer-entertainer. Midler‘s vocal voltage and pristine song salesmanship are on display here in tunes by Leonard Cohen, Chuckii Booker, Carole King, Ben Folds–lots of fine folk. Her voice can ache with hard-won wisdom (on the first single, My One True Friend) or smile with the sweet clarity of her Honolulu youth (Gus Kahn‘s 1925 Ukulele Lady). Songs like Laughing Matters, I’m Beautiful and I’m Hip give the album the sassy intimacy of a pep talk from an old friend. But Midler is not aging; those pipes are still brass-bold and silk-smooth. At 52, Bette’s still best. Read More

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

BetteBack May 23, 1992: Goodbye Johnny Carson!

Lethbridge Herald
May 23, 1992

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Thursday night’s show, the last with celebrity guests and a public studio audience, was hailed by Tonight Show staffers as one of Carson‘s best.

Preliminary ratings indicated an estimated 23 million people – 42 percentof the viewing audience at that hour—watched. Final ratings won’t be available until next week. The highest rated Tonight Show was in 1969, when an estimated 45 million people saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki.

Thursday’s show had rollicking comedy from Robin Williams, tearjerking tribute songs from Bette Midler and a sharp-tongued monologue from the host. Read More

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

BetteBack May 17, 2010: Another Loosely Translated Article…Gets A Little Politically Charged…Showgirl Period

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Interview: Alexander Gorkow
May 17, 2010

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Interview: Alexander Gorkow

The Well-Tempered Connaught in London Mayfair. A hotel like a sigh in rough times. Bette Midler in a distinctive, wisely conservative costume. It’s small – and huge! The eyes sparkle with vitality, and their body language is that of a lady who may be vulgar, but it actually is not. She looks so fabulous from that is herewith proved: Humor keeps you young.

Bette Midler: Are indecent doing?

SZ: No, no. Your answers to these questions would be anyway better than the questions.

Midler: I have at least already made ​​dirty jokes when you were still quite small, I guess, right? Read More

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Song Facts: Wind Beneath My Wings

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  • It was in 1982 when Nashville songwriters Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley wrote and recorded the demo for this. They had a hard time finding anyone to record the song, and it was a full year before Roger Whittaker became the first artist to take it on. Following Whittaker’s version, several artists recorded the song, including Sheena Easton, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Lou Rawls (who was the first to chart with the songs, hitting #65 US), Gladys Knight & The Pips and Gary Morris. Morris’ version became a #4 country hit, which led to Silbar & Henley winning the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Song of the Year. Gladys Knight & The Pips had a R&B hit with their version, which they retitled, “Hero.” (thanks, Brian – Funchal Madeira, Portugal)
  • Larry Henley came up with the title and Jeff Silbar loved it, especially since he was learning to fly planes at the time. The title came out of a poem Henley had written. Instead of writing the chorus first (like Silbar and Henley usually did), they wrote it from start to finish. They were done writing it by the end of the day.
  • The demo that Silbar and Henley recorded had a medium tempo. Their music publisher had the idea of slowing it down and making it a ballad.
  • This was conceived as a love song from a man to a woman or vice versa, but it ended up with lyrics that were more universal, and could apply to many different types of relationships (friends, family, etc.). This is a major reason why the song was so successful.
  • The most famous version of this song was Midler’s. She recorded it in 1988 for her movie Beaches. It was used in a dramatic scene at the end of the movie after the character played by Barbara Hershey died. After Midler’s version became a hit, many other artists recorded the song, including Willie Nelson, John Tesh, Patti LaBelle, Perry Como and Judy Collins. It is one of the most performed songs of all time.
  • This is the most popular song for funerals, beating out Celine Dion’sMy Heart Will Go On” and Whitney Houston’sI Will Always Love You.”
  • Gary Morris still performs this ballad live and usually precedes it by saying, “Bette is free to sing this however she wants but personally I think she butchered it.” (thanks, David – Lubbock, TX)
  • The Gladys Knight & the Pips version, renamed “Hero”, was on the soundtrack of the 1986 film The George McKenna Story. (thanks, Ron – Los Angeles, CA)
  • Midler revealed to The London Times February 14, 2009, that she initially disliked this song, but it later grew on her. She explained: “It’s really grown on me. When I first heard it, I said, ‘I’m not singing that song,’ but the friend who gave it to me said, ‘If you don’t sing it I’ll never speak to you again’, so of course I had to sing the damned song. Whatever reservations I might have had I certainly don’t have any more.”
  • This won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1990.
  • Midler performed this song following the death montage at the Oscars in 2014. It was her first time singing at the Oscars.
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week

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    The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week
    May 19, 2015

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    Temperatures are rising and the multiplexes are filling with big summer blockbusters, which is about all the reason you need to say to hell with it, lock the doors, and watch movies in your living room. It’s a particularly eclectic week on the home video front, with Netflix offering up one of the year’s best films thus far, a monster war movie and a revolutionary Shakespeare adaptation on the new-release shelf, and Criterion presenting two flawed but fascinating almost-classics. Read More

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    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    BetteBack October 30, 1988: Lainie Kazan Plays Bette Midler’s Mother In Beaches

    Anderson Herald Bulletin
    October 30, 1988

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    QUESTION: What’s this about Lainie Kazan, the ever-chubby singer-actress, losing a lot ofweight? Is she sick or something? CW

    ANSWER: It’s true that Lainie has dropped some weight. But she did it voluntarily; It had nothing to do with being sick. In quite another sense, however, Kazan tells me she is indeed sick — sick of playing fatsos on the screen. Once a voluptuous sexpot nightclub singer, she now yearns for the old days. So she went on a tough diet-exercise regimen and dropped some 39 pounds. In her latest flick, “Beaches,” opposite Bette Midler, Lainie plays yet another overweight mama. The film is due around Christmas. After that, she promises, It’s going to be strictly lithesome Lainie. Read More

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    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST RED HOT MAMA…The Goal – Getting Bette An Oscar (Podcast)

    SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST RED HOT MAMA – The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

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    She was nicknamed “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas” and hot she was. Bette Midler so revered her talent that she named her daughter after her. Who is “her?” Her name is Sophie Tucker, the Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her raunchy, rowdy, risqué delivery of comical songs, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America the first half of the 20th century. Joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, are the authors of I AM SOPHIE TUCKER and the film producers of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER Susan and Lloyd Ecker; producer, writer, performer, director TRAV SD, and a legend in his own right American radio and television host Joe Franklin. In 1973, Susan and Lloyd Ecker’s first date was a Bette Midler concert. They fell in love with one another, with the Divine Miss M and Miss Sophie Tucker. Forty years later, three children, the sale of a million dollar business, their obsession with Tucker still intact, they are a… Read More

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