WOW. The Divine Miss M. This album is loaded with 1972 awesomenesses. It appears to be all covers, none written by her. It goes into DIVA & Vegas baby categories. What I wonder is the story behind the Divine Miss M? Does Bette Midler refer to herself in third person often? It’s in the hits category but just shy of the TOP 20 album covers ~ though pretty great. I expected more Did you ever know that you’re my hero whinning.. but this was young and fresh with a surprising amount of funk.
Now in looking for a video to play there were only photo montages dedicated to this album so I went further and found these gems which I am sure will impress. First ~ Bette on the 1975 Cher Show with an OUTSTANDING performance.
If that was enough check out this Bette video of her hosting the grammy’s in 1975 and wearing “Cher’s dress”. The hole video is amazing and the winner is a total hottie. Her hat is also topical.
WIKI: The Divine Miss M is the debut album by American female vocalist Bette Midler, released in 1972 on the Atlantic Records label. The title of the album refers to Midler’s famous stage persona. (ah~hah!)
The Divine Miss M album, co-produced by Barry Manilow, includes several songs that since have become repertoire standards, such as “Do You Want To Dance“, “Chapel of Love“, “Hello In There”, “Friends” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“.
The Divine Miss M reached #9 on the U.S. albums chart and was later awarded a Platinum Disc by the RIAA.
In 1973 the album won Midler a Grammy for Best Newcomer. “Do You Want To Dance,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Friends” were all Top 40 hit singles from the album, with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” climbing to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
- Bette Midler Lifetime Achievement Award (myfoxny.com)