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Bette Midler

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.

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.

Midler 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.

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. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jackpot~The Best Bette

1. In The Mood

2. This Ole House

3. Beast Of Burden

4. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

5. The Rose

6. When A Man Loves A Woman

7. I've Still Got My Health

8. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

9. Hello In There

10. The Glory Of Love

11. Tenderly

12. Wind Beneath My Wings

13. Do You Want To Dance

14. Baby Mine

15. From A Distance

16. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

17. Friends

19. Cool Yule

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Track List: Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook

1. Fever

2. Alright, Okay, You Win

4. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

5. Is That All There Is?

6. I'm A Woman

7. He's A Tramp

8. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

9. Big Spender

10. Mr. Wonderful

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Track List: Bette

1. That's How Heartaches Are Made

2. In These Shoes

3. God Gave Me Strength

4. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

5. Love TKO

6. Moses

7. Nobody Else But You

8. Color Of Roses

9. Bless You Child

10. When Your Live Was Low

11. Shining Star

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Track List: Bathhouse Betty

1. Song Of Bernadette

2. I'm Beautiful

3. Lullaby In Blue

4. Ukelele Lady

5. I'm Hip

6. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

8. Boxing

9. Big Socks

10. That's How Love Moves

11. My One True Friend

12. Laughing Matters

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Track List: Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits

1. To Deserve You (Single Remix)

2. Beast Of Burden

3. Favorite Waste Of Time

4. Hello In There

5. Do You Want To Dance

6. From A Distance

7. Chapel Of Love

8. Only In Miami

9. When A Man Loves A Woman

10. The Rose

11. Miss Otis Regrets

12. Shiver Me Timbers

13. Wind Beneath My Wings

14. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

16. Friends

17. In My Life

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Track List: Some People's Lives

1. One More Round

2. Some People's Lives

3. Miss Otis Regrets

4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

5. Night And Day

6. The Girl Is On To You

7. From A Distance

8. Moonlight Dancing

9. He Is Too Good to Me / Since You Stayed Here

10. All Of A Sudden

11. The Gift Of Love

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Track List: No Frills

1. Is It Love

2. Favorite Waste Of Time

3. All I Need To Know

4. Only In Maimi

5. Heart Over Head

6. Let Me Drive

7. My Eye On You

8. Beast Of Burden

9. Soda And A Souvenir

10. Come Back Jimmy Dean

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Track List: Bette Midler

1. Skylark

2. Drinking Again

3. Breaking Up Somebody's Home

4. Surabaya Johnny

5. I Shall Be Released

6. A) Optimistic Voices B) Lullaby Of Broadway

7. In The Mood

8. A)Uptown B)Don't Say Nothin' Bad C)Da Doo Run Run

9. Twisted

10. Higher And Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me)

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Track List: The Divine Miss M

1. Do You Want To Dance?

2. Chapel Of Love

3. Superstar

4. Daytime Hustler

5. Am I Blue

6. Friends

7. Hello In There

8. Leader Of The Pack

9. Delta Dawn

10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

11. Friends

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Track List: Be My Baby (Single)

1. Be My Baby

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Track List: Greatest Hits: Experience The Divine

1. Hello In There

2. Do You Want To Dance

3. From A Distance

4. Chapel Of Love

5. Only In Miami

6. When A Man Loves A Woman

7. The Rose

8. Miss Otis Regrets

9. Shiver Me Timbers

10. Wind Beneath My Wings

11. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

13. Friends

14. In My Life

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Track List: It's The Girls

1. Be My Baby

2. One Fine Day

3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

4. Baby It's You

5. Tell Him

6. He's Sure The Boy I Love (Feat. Darlene Love)

7. Mr. Sandman

8. Come And Get These Memories

9. 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 Girl

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Track List: Mr. Sandman (Single)

1. Mr. Sandman

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Track List: One Fine Day (Single)

1. One Fine Day

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kristyfrank1
LOVE her performances , singing, and the personality lol whole lotta that!
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Get this hyena faced hag offa my station
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janicequinn0 7 0 7
Wish there was a 'LOVE' button ~ Love every song & movie ~ Bette puts the sassy and classy in EVERYTHING! ~ I thank you ~
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Happy 70th Birthday to the Devine Miss M.
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I love Bette, but I noticed they left off the film Hocus Pocus from 1993, that one was a fun little Halloween movie, I loved that movie, and I think my best friend and I must have worn out her copy of Beaches the year it came out, and the soundtrack too.
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I love her songs. She is a great person love you bette
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My mom liked Winds Beneath My Wings
She was a Perdy lady died september 4 of 2015 this year
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Smile People
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My mother loved this song RIP mom
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This was sung at my mother in laws funeral rip mom
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altrn2
In this life makes you remember the people who are special to you
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mmlimberlost 6
DC tonight.... par excellence!!
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Saw Bette's concert in Philadelphia last night. Better than I could have ever imagined! She was magnificent. Funny and beautiful and a great entertainer. Her voice is as great as ever. One of the best nights of my life. She made us laugh and moved us to tears. You could feel the love in that arena. So glad I was there!! Love her!!!
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dclark385
Was that a good concert people have been asking, IT WAS AWESOME! My friend didn't know about her is now a goopy. Hasn't stopped playing the CD I bought her with the tickets as her gift too. No intermission a few minutes off stage which is a hard way to do it. Truly a great entertainer. Made me wonder about Tina Turner could she still do it as she is older ? Yesterday flipping channels, theirs Tina live from Holland at 75 shaken it like she was 55. Bette is 69 and danced less but still FAB
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college_gurl _ 0 1
Going to a BETTE MIDLER concert tonight!!! Front Row seats!!! Words cant describe how I feel!!! Love you BETTE!!!
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dclark385
I am so incredibly excited! After all these years I am finely going to see Bette Midler at the TD Garden in Boston next Friday, June 12th, and I'm taking my best friend from here for her birthday present. Because she is Guatemalan she only knows one or two songs and doesn't know the incrediblene s s of the Devine Bette Midler. WOW I CAN'T STAND IT! AAAAH!!!!!!
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The biggest wish on my bucket list has been to see Bette in concert. My sister and I love her and will see her in Philly soon! A dream about to come true. She is an amazing woman and she just shines with life. Remember her with the Harlettes and a record on her amazing curly head! She sings to your heart and soul and I can't wait to see her! A true inspiration to middle age women and to anyone of any age with a dream!
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dc40_878
A true amazing artist! Had the pleasure of experiencing her amazing talent last night at Staples Center in LA. WOW! Thank you Bette!!
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I've been to many concerts and seen everyone from Madonna to Cher and Bette is by far the best performer I have seen live on her 'Kiss My Brass' tour! I love her..amazing . .
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I am so looking forward to going to her concert tonight, the last time I saw her in person was in 1975? here in Houston
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She was born in Hawaii
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The. Rose. Iplay. That. When. My. Sister. Last breath. Love. M. Miller
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dragonlady60 8 8
beaches..the rose!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
bette is a amazing artist..actr e s s and she is awesime!!!!
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amazinginm
talented...w o m a n ! ! ! b e s u t i f u l voice!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
love this lady...!!!!! ! . x o x o x o
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rodeobob69
LOVE HER
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Best song is some people liver
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auntroro81
I love this song it is so very beautiful, it is Me, and my mom's song.Because I also have. a severe heart condition, she says that I'am her hero, because of all what I have been through!
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I think she is awesome; loved the rose, funny and talented and beautiful
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My one true friend
best soundtrack
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Hope. You bette come to Melb vic
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I can't wait to see you again
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Oh yes, she's still alive and just released a new album! It's the Girls was just released last month. :)
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mojorisinimr l
Whatever happened to Bette Midler?is she still alive?
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drh6187
Bette is the "Divine Miss M"
She will be back tv this fall.
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wendina2451
She's so cool. I love her songs and all her movies too!
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My wedding song....34 years ago today!!!
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I love Bette Midler she inspired me to perform like her and sing!!! And she also my role model. I'm a 16 year old Bette Midler fan with aspergers syndrome
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Bette Midler - :Legend!
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She is in all of our pasts......e n j o r a b l e . . .
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auntroro81
I just love this song from the 90's from when I was in Third grade during the Gulf war! It is such a beautiful song! May God Bless all of our troops!
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Forgot to IDENTIFY THE picture she starred in and sang this song. ROAD HOUSE with Cornel Wilde, and RICHARD WIDMARK. Not a great picture by IDA was beyond great.
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Remembering the GREAT IDA LUPINO, singing this song really connected with me. LUPINO was so hot, she had smoke coming out of her ears.
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Wind beneath my wings was amazing on the Oscars!!! Almost made me cry great job Bette
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Bette is the best!! She is an amazing singer as well as actress. She is one of my idols and always will be. Love you Divine Miss M!!!!:)
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She probably has so much to do (seriously:) ) but all my life (facing 50, sigh) I wanted to tell her she has a gift. No one!!! has a voice like that and I hope to someday watch her sing but - after all is said and done - YOU are my hero. much blessings to Bette
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If you have not seen Bette in person you are missing an experience of a lifetime! I have been a fan since "Do You Want to Dance?" Loved her ever since! You ARE divine Bette!
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Divine Miss M you're the tops. Melt every time I hear Wind Beneath my Wings.
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leegdesign
Bette is the best, whether she ever sings another note or not - her legacy is wonderful.
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