Thursday, June 25, 2015


I'M SEEING BETTE MIDLER IN CONCERT TONIGHT!!!! It's my first time seeing her live. ANYHOOO....Bette Midler won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1973, but many would argue her greatest success didn't come until the 1980s when she was an untouchable film and recording superstar. Starting with The Rose, which hit #3 on the Hot 100 in 1980, Bette's recording career took off. It was her first top 10 hit since 1973's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and her performance in the film as a hard living rock icon earned her her first Oscar nomination. She followed up with a concert film, Divine Madness, which kept her in the public eye and on the charts. Bette's 1983 No Frills album had her in a more new wave/rock format featured her excellent cover of The Rolling Stone's Beast of Burden. Of course her biggest successes were yet to come. Her star continued to rise in films like Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune and Big Business. With the release of the film and soundtrack to Beaches, Bette was on top of the world. Her rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings hit #1 on the Hot 100, earned a Grammy for Song of the Year and the album sold over 3 million copies in the US alone. Her continued success proves there is no doubt Bette is a Hollywood, entertainment legend and her work during the 80s is a big part of that. Here are some of The Divine Ms. M's best from the era.

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