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Bette Midler

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Biography Dicography

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Bette Midler counts singing as only one of her talents. Still, she has managed to score a number of major hits in a roller-coaster career as a recording artist. Born in Paterson, New Jersey and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and acting early on, and by the '60s she had moved to New York and gotten a role in the long-running Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Midler developed a nightclub act that included comedy and singing of a variety of kinds of material, including show tunes, pop hits, and even a takeoff on the Andrews Sisters, and appeared with increasing frequency in New York with her accompanist, Barry Manilow. She was signed to Atlantic Records and released The Divine Miss M (1972), which went gold and included a Top Ten single cover of the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Bette Midler (1973) was similarly successful.

The Rose [Original Soundtrack]Midler's album sales fell off during the rest of the '70s, though her records always reached the Top 100 in the album chart. But in 1979 she starred in the film The Rose, a fictional account of the life of Janis Joplin, and the title track became a Top Ten hit. 1980 saw the release of Midler's concert film, Divine Madness, and her best-selling book, A View from a Broad. Her next film, Jinxed (1982), however, was a major flop, and subsequent records didn't fare well. Midler made a cinematic comeback with Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), but it wasn't until 1989 that she had another pop hit, when her version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" from her film Beaches became a number one hit. This rejuvenated her singing career, and 1990's Some People's Lives became a Top Ten, million-selling album, with the song "From a Distance" hitting number two. Midler's soundtrack album to her 1991 film For the Boys was also a gold-selling hit.

Experience the Divine Bette Midler: Greatest HitsMidler appeared in a television production of the Broadway musical Gypsy that produced a charting soundtrack album in 1993 following the release of her million-selling hits collection Experience the Divine. The gold-selling Bette of Roses (1995) was her first regular album release in five years. Her 1996 film The First Wives Club was a major box office success. In 1998, she switched to Warner Bros. and released Bathhouse Betty, which went gold. With film opportunities drying up, the 54-year-old singer/actress turned to television, developing a half-hour network comedy series based on her own life. Though it didn't last long, Bette premiered on CBS on October 11, 2000; six days later, she released a second Warner Bros. album, also called Bette. During the next five years, Midler covered the songbooks of two seminal artists, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee, and in 2006 came out with her first-ever Christmas record, Cool Yule, which included a duet with Johnny Mathis.

Jackpot: The Best Bette Fans had to wait another eight years for a new studio album from Midler, but in the interim she was far from inactive. She released two compilation albums, 2008's Jackpot: The Best Bette and 2010's rarities set Memories of You; had a two-year residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with her stage show The Showgirl Must Go On; appeared in the feature films The Women, Parental Guidance, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and starred on Broadway for the first time in 30 years in the play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Her 14th studio album, It's the Girls! -- a tribute to classic girl trios down the years, from the Andrews Sisters to TLC -- was released in November 2014. In 2016, The Divine Miss M was given a "deluxe" expanded reissue with a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material, as well as new liner notes from Midler.


by William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide


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wind beneath my wingsWind Beneath My Wings
The RoseThe Rose
From a DistanceFrom a Distance


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1972The Divine Miss M
1973Bette Midler
1976Songs for the New Depression
1977Live at Last
1977Broken Blossom
1979Thighs and Whispers
1979The Rose [Original Soundtrack]
1980Divine Madness
1983No Frills
1985Mud Will Be Flung Tonight!
1989Beaches [Original Soundtrack]
1990Some People's Lives
1991For the Boys
1993Gypsy [1993 CBS Television Cast]
1995Bette of Roses
1998Bathhouse Betty
2003Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook
2005Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook
2006Cool Yule
2014It's the Girls!


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1972 The Divine Miss M

01. Do You Want To Dance?
02. Chapel Of Love
03. Superstar
04. Daytime Hustler
05. Am I Blue?
06. Friends (Session 1)
07. Hello In There
08. Leader Of The Pack
09. Delta Dawn
10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
11. Friends (Session 2)

1973 Bette Midler

01. Skylark
02. Drinking Again
03. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
04. Surabaya Johnny
05. I Shall Be Released
06. Optimistic Voices/Lullaby Of Broadway
07. In The Mood
08. Uptown/Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)/Da Doo Run Run
09. Twisted
10. Higher & Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me)

1976 Songs for the New Depression

01. Strangers In The Night
02. I Don't Want The Night To End
03. Mr. Rockefeller
04. Old Cape Cod
05. Buckets Of Rain
06. Love Says It's Waiting
07. Shiver Me Timbers/Samedi Et Vendredi
08. No Jestering
09. Tragedy
10. Marahuana
11. Let Me Just Follow Behind

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1977 Live at Last

01. Backstage (Live)
02. Friends/Oh My My (Live)
03. Bang, You're Dead ( Live)
04. Birds ( Live)
05. Comic Relief (Live) [Explicit]
06. In The Mood (Live)
07. Hurry On Down (Live)
08. Shiver Me Timbers (Live)
09. The Vickie Eydie Show: Around The World/Istanbul/Fiesta In Rio/South Seas Scene/Hawaiian War Chant/Lullabye of Broadway
10. Intermission: Your Moving Out Today
11. Delta Dawn (Live)
12. Long John Blues
13. Those Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes
14. The Story Of Nanette:Nanette/Alabama Song/Drinkin' Again/Mr. Rockefeller/Do You Wanna Dance (Live)
15. Fried Eggs (Live)
16. Hello In There (Live)
17. Finale (Up The Ladder To The Roof/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/Friends) (Live)

1977 Broken Blossom

01. Make Yourself Comfortable
02. You Don't Know Me
03. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
04. I Never Talk to Strangers
05. Storybook Children
06. Red
07. Empty Bed Blues
08. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
09. Paradise
10. Yellow Beach Umbrella
11. La Vie en Rose

1979 Thighs and Whispers

01. Big Noise From Winnetka
02. Millworker
03. Cradle Days
04. My Knight In Black Leather
05. Hang On In There Baby
06. Hurricane
07. Rain
08. Married Men
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1979 The Rose [Original Soundtrack]

01. Whose Side Are You On
02. Midnight In Memphis
03. Concert Monologue
04. When A Man Loves A Woman
05. Sold My Soul To Rock N' Roll
06. Keep On Rockin'
07. Love Me With A Feeling
08. Camellia
09. Homecoming Monologue
10. Stay With Me
11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
12. The Rose

1980 Divine Madness

01. Big Noise From Winnetka
02. Paradise
03. Shiver Me Timbers
04. Fire Down Below
05. Stay With Me
06. My Mother's Eyes
07. Chapel of Love/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
08. E Street Shuffle/Summer (The First Time)/Leader of the Pack
09. You Can't Always Get What You Want/I Shall Be Released

1983 No Frills

01. Is It Love?
02. Favorite Waste of Time
03. All I Need to Know
04. Only in Miami
05. Heart Over Head
06. Let Me Drive
07. My Eye on You
08. Beast of Burden
09. Soda and a Souvenir
10. Come Back Jimmy Dean

1985 Mud Will Be Flung Tonight!

01. Taking Aim
02. Fit Or Fat "Fat As I Am"
03. Marriage, Movies, Madonna And Mick [Explicit]
04. Vickie Eydie "I'm Singing Broadway"
05. Coping
06. The Unfettered Boob
07. "Otto Titsling"
08. Why Bother?
09. Soph

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1989 Beaches [Original Soundtrack]

01. Under The Boardwalk
02. Wind Beneath My Wings
03. I've Still Got My Health
04. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
05. Otto Titsling
06. I Know You By Heart
07. The Glory Of Love
08. Baby Mine
09. Oh Industry
10. The Friendship Theme

1990 Some People's Lives

01. One More Round
02. Some People's Lives
03. Miss Otis Regrets
04. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
05. Night And Day
06. The Girl Is On To You
07. From A Distance
08. Moonlight Dancing
09. He Was Too Good For Me/Since You Stayed Here
10. All Of A Sudden
11. The Gift Of Love

1991 For the Boys [Motion Picture Soundtrack]

01. Billy-A-Dick
02. Stuff Like That There
03. P.S. I Love You
04. The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish
05. I Remember You/Dixie's Dream
06. Baby, It's Cold Outside
07. Dreamland
08. Vickie and Mr. Valves
09. For All We Know
10. Come Rain or Come Shine
11. In My Life
12. I Remember You
13. Every Road Leads Back To You

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1993 Gypsy [1993 CBS Television Cast]

01. Overture
02. May We Entertain You
03. Some People
04. Small World
05. Baby June And Her Newsboys
06. Mr. Goldstone
07. Little Lamb
08. You'll Never Get Away From Me
09. Dainty June And Her Farmboys
10. If Momma Was Married
11. All I Need Is The Girl
12. Everything's Coming Up Roses
13. Together, Wherever We Go
14. You Gotta Get A Gimmick
15. Let Me Entertain You
16. Rose's Turn
17. End Credits

1995 Bette of Roses

01. I Know This Town
02. In This Life
03. Bottomless
04. To Comfort You
05. To Deserve You
06. The Last Time
07. Bed of Roses
08. The Perfect Kiss
09. As Dreams Go By
10. It's Too Late
11. I Believe in You

1998 Bathhouse Betty

01. Song of Bernadette
02. I'm Beautiful
03. Lullaby in Blue
04. Ukulele Lady
05. I'm Hip
06. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
07. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
08. Boxing
09. Big Socks
10. That's How Love Moves
11. My One True Friend
12. Laughing Matters

2000 Bette

01. That's How Heartaches Are Made
02. In These Shoes?
03. God Give Me Strength
04. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
05. Love T.K.O.
06. Moses
07. Nobody Else But You
08. Color of Roses
09. Bless You Child
10. When Your Life Was Low
11. Shining Star

2003 Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

01. You'll Never Know
02. This Ole House
03. On a Slow Boat to China
04. Hey There
05. Tenderly
06. Come On-A My House
07. Mambo Italiano
08. Sisters (White Christmas)
09. Memories of You
10. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
11. White Christmas (White Christmas)

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2005 Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook

01. Fever
02. Alright, Okay, You Win
03. I Love Being Here With You
04. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
05. Is That All There Is?
06. I'm A Woman
07. He's A Tramp
08. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
09. Big Spender
10. Mr. Wonderful

2006 Cool Yule

01. Merry Christmas
02. Cool Yule
03. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
04. Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
05. I'll Be Home For Christmas
06. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
07. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
08. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
09. Mele Kalikimaka
10. From a Distance (Christmas Version)
11. White Christmas

2014 It's the Girls!

01. Be My Baby
02. One Fine Day
03. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
04. Baby It's You
05. Tell Him
06. He's Sure The Boy I Love (duet with Darlene Love)
07. Mr. Sandman
08. Come and Get These Memories
09. Too Many Fish in the Sea
10. Teach Me Tonight
11. Waterfalls
12. You Can't Hurry Love
13. Give Him A Great Big Kiss
14. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
15. It's the Girls

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