The Divine Miss M (album)


The Divine Miss M (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = The Divine Miss M
Type = Album
Artist = Bette Midler


Released = November 7, 1972
Recorded = Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York
Genre = Vocal
Length = 41:03
Label = Atlantic Records
Producer = Barry Manilow, Joel Dorn, Geoffery Haslam
Last album =
This album = "The Divine Miss M"
(1972)
Next album = "Bette Midler"
(1973)
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:tj9ds34ba3vg]
* Robert Christgau (A-) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Bette+Midler]

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.
"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.

The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1995 but with no bonus tracks.

Tracklist

ide A

# "Do You Want to Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) - 2:44
# "Chapel of Love" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 2:55
# "Superstar" (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 5:11
# "Daytime Hustler" (Jeff Kent) - 3:34
# "Am I Blue" (Jarry Akst, Grant Clark) - 5:25

ide B

# "Friends" (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:50
# "Hello In There" (John Prine) - 4:17
# "Leader of the Pack" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton) - 3:30
# "Delta Dawn" (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) - 5:18
# "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Don Raye, Hughie Prince) - 2:25
# "Friends" (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:54

Personnel

* Bette Midler - lead vocals
* Cissy Houston - backing vocals, track: A1
* Tender Loving Care (Renelle Broxton, Diedre Tuck, Beverly McKenzie) - backing vocals, track: A1
* Gail Kantor - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Melissa Manchester - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Merle Miller - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Barry Manilow - piano & rhythm track
* Pat Rebillot - piano, track B1
* Dickie Frank - guitar
* David Spinozza - guitars
* Ron Carter - bass guitar
* Michael Federal - bass guitar, backing vocals track B4
* Ray Lucas - drums
* Kevin Ellman - drums
* Ralph MacDonald - percussion instruments
* Thom Bell - horn and string arrangement, track A1
* Gene Orloff - violin, track B1
* Emanuel Green - violin, track B1
* Selwart Clarke - viola, track B1
* Kermit Moore - cello, track B1
* William S. Fischer - string arrangement, track B1
* Don Arnone - guitar, track B5
* Dick Hyman - piano, track B5
* Milton Hinton - bass, track B5
* Ted Sommer - drums, track B5
* Marty Nelson - vocal arranger, track B5
* Arif Mardin - arrangement, track B5

Production

* Ahmet Ertegun - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Barry Manilow - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Geoffrey Haslam - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
* Joel Dorn - producer, tracks: A1, A5, B1, B2, B5
* Lew Hahn - recording engineer
* Barry Manilow - musical arranger, musical conductor
* Richard Amsel - cover illustration
* Richard Mantel - cover art direction & design
* Kenn Duncan - backliner photo
* Remixed by: Geoffrey Haslam, Lew Hahn, Bob Liftin
* Remixed at Regent Sound Studios and Atlantic Studios
* Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York.


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