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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

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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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Bootleg Betty Exclusive – The missing lyrics: “I Put My Hand In” from Hello, Dolly! For now, Bette’s extra verse can only be heard on Broadway

A Bootleg Betty Exclusive 

The missing lyrics: “I Put My Hand In” from Hello, Dolly!  For now, Bette’s extra verse can only be heard on Broadway

BY TODD SUSSMAN

July 22, 2017

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By golly, Miss Dolly…say it isn’t so.  For the complete version of Bette Midler‘s vocal performance of her opening number, “I Put My Hand In,” you have to see Hello, Dolly! live at the Shubert Theatre.  The song quickly introduces Dolly Levi as the meddlesome matchmaker who gets the job done, and lucky ticket holders get to hear the entire song with all of composer Jerry Herman’s verses.  However, for owners of the cast CD, it’s another story.  That’s because the final verse of the song has been omitted for the recording.  On the CD, the song ends with this verse: Read More

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

BetteBack January 20, 2000: Music To Die For…

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
January 20, 2000 | Houston, Simon

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A TOP funeral firm are urging teenagers to pick the music they would like to have played at their funerals.

Bosses at the Co-op want to know what will be popular in years to come – after releasing their own survey of the top 10 funeral tunes in the UK last year.

Young people can click on to the firm’s website and select their favourite song at www.funeral-services.co.uk until the end of the month.

The Co-op’s Ben Jason said: “People are increasingly choosing songs which say more about their life. 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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Friday, March 25, 2016

Carole Bayer Sager Lands Deal With Simon & Schuster

Galley Cat
Carole Bayer Sager Lands Deal With Simon & Schuster
By Maryann Yin on Mar. 24, 2016 – 9:45 AM

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Carole Bayer Sager has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster. The renowned songwriter has written a memoir entitled They’re Playing Our Song.

The title of Sager’s book comes from the 1978 hit musical; she wrote the lyrics for the songs featured in this show. The publisher has scheduled the release date for October 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for lyrics to ‘Nobody Does It Better,’ ‘A Groovy Kind of Love,’ ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud,’ and the theme from the movie Arthur, ‘The Best That You Can Do.’ In her memoir, she describes her many collaborations, including work with Peter Allen, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, and Frank Sinatra.” ( Read More

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Jann Arden’s dog Midi (short for Midler) does not like her singing

The Star
Jann Arden’s dog Midi does not like her singing
By: Jane Welowszky Special to the Star, Published on Sat Dec 26 2015

Jann Arden and her beloved dog Midi, a Maltese and Yokrshire cross known as a Morkie.

Most adoring pet owners would do anything for their cherished companions, but could they speak for their furry or feathered or finned friends and tell us what they are thinking? To find out, we’re putting pet owners to the test with the personality questionnaire made famous by French novelist, Marcel Proust.

Meet Jann Arden and Midi.

For the past seven years, they’ve been inseparable. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, the tiny Morkie (a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire terrier) makes for the perfect travel-sized companion. And while Midi is accustomed to life in the spotlight, she counts having her picture taken as one of her least favourite things about fame. 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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    Friday, March 20, 2015

    From Celine To Mariah – Caesars Palace’s Highest Wattage Pop-Star Residencies

    Billboard
    From Celine To Mariah – Caesars Palace’s Highest Wattage Pop-Star Residencies
    3/19/2015

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    A look back at Celine Dion, Bette Midler, and more huge names at Caesar’s that managed to change the game in Vegas.

    CELINE DION

    A New Day… Shows: 717 (2003-07)
    Highlights: Nearly 3 million people saw this game-changing show, a spectacle of Cirque du Soleil theatrics and dramatic rendition that led to a 210-show sequel (Celine) and a new paradigm for pop career arcs.

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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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