Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bette Midler Plans Girl Group Album After Conquering Broadway


Exclusive: Now that Bette Midler has conquered Broadway– and without singing a note– there are plans afoot to revive her recording career. Midler has had tons of hits over the last 40 years including “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Do You Wanna Dance?” But she’s been absent from the charts for far too long. I’m told that there’s a plan afoot for The Divine Miss M to be resurrected with an album tribute to girl groups like the Crystals, the Chiffons and Motown acts like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes.  The plan also includes possibly recording some Phil Spector-like Christmas songs with notable back up singers and stars like Darlene Love and others from the current documentary “Twenty Five Feet from Stardom.” Back in the days of Midler’s early recordings, she often had people like Cissy Houston backing her up on girl songs such as “Uptown” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” It’s a great idea, and I hope it comes to pass once Midler has finished up “I’ll Eat You Last” and accepted–no doubt– many awards.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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